Auris Audio doesn’t just use the cheapest material to build their amplifiers, but they insist on using top quality components.
Auris Audio incorporates strictly defined series /batches of capacitors produced by Mundorf, Rubicon, Siemens, Epcos and Audiophiler, Wima. Depending on the product class, they incorporate capacitors produced by leading manufacturers based on technology “paper, oil in foil”, “gold, silver in oil”, “silver-mica”, “polypropylene – polystyrene”.
Transformers are the essence of quality, and therefore products of Auris Audio contain only manually wound transformers on a double C core produced by “Trafomatic” or Auris Audio. Every single transformer is manufactured in compliance with strictly defined requirements, thus providing almost a linear characteristic in the whole acoustic/sound range.
|Tubes||ECC82, 4 x PL95 (or EL95)|
|Tube Select||Manual switch|
|Amplifier Configuration||Single End (Triode mode)|
|Input Sensitivity||1 Vrms|
|Input Resistance||47 kΩ|
|Power output: max||1 W|
|Output Impedance||50 | 150 | 300 | 600 Ω|
|Impedance Select||Rotary switch|
|Analog Inputs||3 x RCA|
|Analog Output||6.3 mm Phono Jack|
|Global Negative Feedback||None|
|Dimensions (WxDxH) mm||300 x 320 x 230|
Design , Build quality & Amp layout
You either like or hate the design of something but to me the Auris Audio house style is beautiful. I couldn’t wait for the amplifier to arrive at the headquarters but when it did I was quite surprised. The HA2-SE came delivered in a huge and heavy box and I even helped the DHL guy to take it out of his van. The HA2-SE was very carefully packed and once I had removed all the plastic and opened the box, a huge flight case showed up that was surrounded with protection material. Inside the flight case the 300 W x 320 D x 230 H mm sized 9 kilogram heavy HA2-SE with even more protection showed up. This is the first time I have received an amplifier with this level of packaging and you get a tough flight case on top of that. The Auris Audio HA2-SE certainly made a big impression to start off with.
The HA2-SE is available in a white or black color scheme but after having seen the black version at Canjam Europe, I already knew I wanted the black one. Some call the Auris design “retro” but you could call it “modern” just as well. I think it looks sexy and classy and it draws a lot of attention to it in my living room. The handmade amplifiers are constructed in a walnut chassis and the leather just oozes quality. The build quality is perfect and you won’t find the tiniest of error on the amp. Everything lines up perfectly and basically this is as good as it can possibly get. The amplifier looks so pretty and the spikes it stands on give it that high end look we all want. I don’t like to see spikes on a lot of gear but they make the HA2-SE look even better.
“The chassis is at the same time aesthetic and hard-wearing, allowing us to guarantee the performance of our products. They are manufactured from superb materials, primarily intended to be robust and durable, and also to protect against vibration impacts.”
On the front of the amplifier you have the input selector on the left, the 6.3mm superbly finished headphone output in the middle and the volume dial on the far right. On top of the amp you can of course find the tubes and a little grill that makes the amp just look that little bit better. On the back of the unit you have the 3 RCA inputs, the impedance selector, the EL95 and PL95 selector switch and the first power button. On the bottom of the amp you have the ventilation and the second power button with a blue LED. Both power buttons have to be turned on in order for the amp to work. It’s a pleasure to plug a headphone in and out of the HA2-SE, it has the perfect amount of “grip” and no clicking or crackling noises. Even the knobs have the perfect amount of resistance when turning them. Everything is as it should be: perfect.
The spikes, dark brown wood and soft black leather give the Auris HA2-SE the perfect look. The unit is an example of top quality workmanship, the best available components and high-end design. Of course an amplifier that sounds like crap and looks good isn’t of use to anyone, so let’s get started with how it sounds. Right after this.
This is a funny story. If you google for the Auris Audio HA2-SE you will find a number of (authorized) resellers but you’ll also notice the prices vary from shop to shop. I’ve found prices ranging from €1380 to €1590 and €1990, but the most common price seems to be the €1590 one.
For €1590 you get a handmade tube amp in return, made only with the best of materials and components. The reason Auris manages to keep the price this low probably is because of the lower salaries standard in Serbia. If you would make the same amplifier in Belgium or the US, this exact same amplifier would probably cost a whole lot more. And going from how it looks and sounds, it probably could cost a whole lot more too.
There always are very expensive NOS tubes you can buy but I stick to my point that you can easily get a superb sounding set of NOS tubes for under $50 for this amp, input tube included. And that’s also what makes this amp so special: tube rolling will hardly cost you anything. (Do pay attention though that the XX95 tubes often are the same, just rebranded. Don’t be fooled and do some research before buying).
You can read all about how it sounds on Page 3, click HERE