Disclaimer: Vorzüge sent PURE II+ to me to evaluate at Headfonia and ohm image. PURE II+’s preorder price is 584,-$ USD, but its regular price is 615,-$ USD. You can find out more about it here.
Yesterday I gave ohmage to the new Vorzüge PURE II+. It’s my humblest hope that that essay will satisfy the dude or dudet on the prowl for details about: battery life, charge time, design differences, etc. By all means read it.
But I’m here to suss the real question: are you packing for Ginger, or for May Ann?
But today, I want to keep things simple. I want to discuss why you should, or should not, go for the PURE II+. Is it a worthy upgrade to the PURE II (reviewed here at headfonia, here at ohm image). Is it the real McCoy? How does it sit next to other premium portable headphone amps? What could be improved?
Let’s start with Performance
Yes, it keeps up with the PURE II. It even surpasses it in a few areas. Its class-leading benchmark results generally are held back by sources to which they are connected. In all benchmarks: distortion, stereo, Imd, etc. PURE II+ nets excellent marks.
But PURE II already aced those tests. What gives?
PURE II+ keeps the same clean, detailed, but lush-erring sound signature of the PURE II. Its gain system is the same. But this time, thanks to a marginally cleaner output, less background noise shuttles through your earphones. Of course, the proviso for this whole thing is that neither your ears nor your earphones may be sensitive enough to pick up on PURE II’s absolutely minuscule levels of background noise. Well, if both are up to snuff, you’ll be delighted to discover a slight, but noticeable reduction in noise, and therefore, enjoy even better signal clarity. If you’re actually into music, and not just audiophilia, that means more Depeche, less Mode.
I still have to publish all the square waves, RMAA tests, etc., but I’m ready to say this: PURE II+ is ahead of PURE II, albeit not by much.
Which goes to show: PURE II was already in such a class that really improving upon its design will require a complete circuit redesign. Or, imagine this: we’re mis-reading what Vorzüge are trying to do. What if their aim was a certain sound, within the confines of excellent performance. Most amps that err a certain way, do it to extremes. ALO’s Continental, for instance, is one. Really, really tubey. And not a very good performer, but nice and warm. And while PURE II and PURE II+ err warmer than neutral, they are upstaged in raw performance-by-numbers by next to no one.
It continues after the click.