In this review we take a close look at the Feliks Audio Euforia AE, the 20th Anniversary Edition of their reference amp from our Polish friends. It’s prices at $3,499 USD.
Disclaimer: Feliks Audio is not related to Headfonia in any way. The Euforia AE was sent to me to be featured on Headfonia.com and doesn’t need to be returned as far as I know.
I have had the pleasure to meet Lukasz Feliks in person at the High End show in Munich and he’s just really nice and professional. He is now co-running the business which his father started and it was really nice chatting with him about tube technologies, tube types and tube amps.
Feliks Audio has been around for quite some time already but I have to say that they gained a lot of importance these last few years in the personal audio segment. Feliks Audio has also been displaying their products at the Head-Fi Canjam and other shows and I’m convinced this has helped them a lot as they have great gear and the best way to prove that is by letting people listen to it.
Feliks Audio is a family, boutique manufacturer of hand-crafted tube amplifiers, with over 20 years of audio solutions development experience. All their products are in-house engineered, tuned and assembled at their site in Lubliniec (Poland). They create special and unique designs, blending together technology and tradition. Originally, Feliks Audio focused mainly on custom made amplifiers tailored to client’s order. Over the time we they developed many innovative and sophisticated audio solutions. Thanks to that they have gained valuable knowledge and experience across broad range of applications. Their amplifiers, among them Espressivo, Elise and Euforia, have won many supporters across the world. Their products offer a perfect blend of passion for honest sound, great attention to technical details and beautiful finish. Feliks Audio follows design simplicity, minimizing the number of elements in projected signal path. Thanks to this approach they ensure that the sound produced by our devices is pure and true
The Euforia AE
For now the Euforia AE is the top of the range amplifier of Feliks Audio’s product line-up and this special edition joins the original Euforia which was launched back in 2017. The Euforia and the AE version are beautifully hand-crafted tube amps based on 6SN7 driver tubes and 6N13S (6AS7) power tubes, a single ended OTL tube amp. When ordering the original Euforia you get to choose between the silver or gold version of the 6SN7 tube type but you can also buy the amp without any tubes as well. You can find the product page right here: http://feliksaudio.pl/en/products.php
We have reviewed the original Euforia amplifier already, it even won the Best amp of 2018 award. As both of these amps have a lot in common, you might want to read up on that article first. You can find it right here: https://www.headfonia.com/review-feliks-audio-euforia/
Why a new Euforia? It’s been exactly 20 years since the company founder, Henryk Feliks, started commercial builds of tube amplifiers. To celebrate this, Feliks Audio launched a very special version of their flagship amplifier. This new model incorporates lessons learnt over last couple of years and latest R&D projects.
The Euforia AE doesn’t have a dedicated web page yet and you have to send an email to Feliks Audio if you’re interested in buying one. The other option is to buy one at a dealer where you will pay between €2900 and $3,499 USD depending on where you look. The original Euforia’s price, depending on the options chosen, starts at €1799 (without tubes). Why the mark-up? We’ll get to that right now!
According to Feliks Audio, both Euforia’s unique designs allows for exceptional sound quality with a broad range of headphones, powerful enough to drive even demanding low impedance headphones (<32 ohm) including planar magnetics.
The regular Euforia comes with an improved noise reduction circuit and there’s virtually no background noise. This Euforia uses a high-end class power transformer, 100% pure silver signal wiring in teflon jackets, heavy duty teflon gold-plated tube sockets, high quality Mundorf and Nichicon capacitors and Dale and Caddock resistors. This Euforia has a preamp safety circuit and gold plated RCA inputs. The power supply is based on a custom made stabilized toroidal transformer with electronic ripple suppression and the amp comes with an extended 3-year warranty.
The new Anniversary Edition basically is an upgraded version of the original. New this time:
- Neotech UP-OCC Single crystal signal wiring – extremely pure monocrystalic copper wire, teflon coated – able to transmit signal faster, and with less distortion than OFC or silver wires, comparing to pure silver wires (as used in “regular” Euforia) it makes the top-end of the spectrum sound richer yet less fatiguing
- Higher grade internals including ClarityCap capacitors with CopperConnect technology- for extra smoothness and clarity
- New low-noise-design power transformer – provides even better electromagnetic interference isolation
- Redesigned Constant-current source modules to give rock-solid operating conditions, regardless of the external factors
- Special finish – high gloss space grey applied using highest quality automotive painting process
Another nice feature still is the cross-feed circuit that Feliks Audio integrated in the design, it certainly isnn’t anything new but it’s a nice feature to have. I did most listening without the circuit activated though. The Euforia als has a pre-amp function and gives you the usual RCA outputs, but this function is not being taken into account for this review.