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  1. A new RealReview from a new reviewer David Ayers. The Erzetich Bacillus Headphone Amplifier. Erzetich are a new name to me, I had to look them up on their website: http://www.erzetich-audio.com/ to see that they hail from Slovenia. There’s been a huge growth of excellent products coming from eastern Europe in the last two decades, including very familiar names such as Pro-ject and Kuzma. Interestingly the alternative headphone amp I had to hand during this review was the base model Pro-ject headbox, which I’ve been using for some years. Currently Erzetich only list five products, four headphone amplifiers and a headphone stand. The Bacillus is their entry level model, currently available at £499.99 via Elite Audio: http://www.eliteaudiouk.com/ Now, I’ve been a headphone listener since I got into music (and hi-fi) 45 years ago, but my main focus has always been listening through speakers, and hence so has my main expenditure. Having said that, I still listen through cans a lot of the time, whether it’s at work (closed back) or at home when I don’t want to disturb the neighbours (open back). So saying, I was very interested to find out what one gets when moving up past the basic level of either an inbuilt headphone amp or a basic add-on such as the headbox. For this reason, although I had the choice of reviewing any of the four amps, I chose the Bacillus. This is a journey I have considered, and I’m sure many other have also. Unboxing the Bacillus revealed a fairly small, but chunky box, with a similar footprint to the headbox, but around two and a half times taller. The Bacillus needs this extra space as it has an internal power supply, and not a wall wart. Round the back there are two RCA inputs for left and right, a standard IEC mains connector, and an on/off switch. As the switch is round the back, one could assume that the unit is meant to be left powered up, but I found it only needed about 15 minutes powered up to come on song, so I opted to switch it off between sessions. No mention is made of this in the manual. A standard IEC lead was supplied in the box, and I used the unit with the supplied cable. The Pro-ject Headbox that I have has a passthrough capability, in other words it has two pairs of RCA sockets to enable the amp to be placed directly in the line of a source component to the amp. The Bacillus doesn’t have this facility, so it will either have to be connected to a dedicated headphone source, or to the tape outputs of an amplifier. I initially connected it to the tape out of my Musical Fidelity M3i integrated amp, but subsequently I connected it directly to the outputs of my Pioneer N50a network player (more on that later). Other equipment I used was the line output of my Fiio X5ii portable player, functioning both as a DAC and as a stand-alone player. Headphones used were the B&O H6 closed back model and a pair of vintage Koss HV/1a open back cans, which I have owned from new. Listening So, what does one get when moving up the food chain from a basic head amp to something more capable? Clarity and control would be the best way to sum it up, in fact the same things you get when you upgrade an amp driving loudspeakers. Unfortunately this can also come at a cost, where the music is lost in the detail, a bit like focussing on the pixels in a picture rather than the picture itself. Was this the case with the Bacillus? Categorically no! The first and most obvious impression I got when listening to the Bacillus was the extra weight to the bass, but not in a bloated way. In fact the level of control was very impressive. The H6 can be a little bass light, but driven by the Bacillus, this was much reduced albeit not entirely eliminated. The Koss cans on the other hand are blessed with a prodigious bass which can be a bit loose and uncontrolled. The Bacillus took these cans and told them in no uncertain terms what they should and should not be doing. The bass impact was hugely improved, with little or no overhang, cleaning up the mid and treble in the meantime and making them really sing. I’ve always felt the HV/1a is a very musical headphone, and the Bacillus took those qualities and cleaned them up without damaging any of the characteristics that have kept me coming back to them year after year. I tried some modern highly compressed recordings, such as Black Holes and Revelation by Muse, and the Bacillus seemed to untangle as much as is possible out of this album, whilst making it plain that compression comes at the cost of bass depth and impact. Another recording that is normally tricky is the drum & bass influenced Earthling by David Bowie. This album can sound pretty relentless and to an extent this is intended, but without control the incessant thud thud thud of the percussion can be headache inducing. The Bacillus impressively sorted all the ducks in order, making the musical intent a lot clearer. I tried I’m Afraid of Americans on both sets of cans, and whilst the presentation was different, the overall effect of the Bacillus was maintained. As I write this I am listening to Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions, and the rhythm and bounce of this most excellent album is a joy to hear. Stevie’s vocal inflections are coming through clearly and the whole tonal balance is excellent. When I had the amp connected to the tape outs of the M3i, I felt that there was a (very) slight bass lift, which is why I changed to a direct connection from the N50a to the Bacillus. That the amp can demonstrate this through cans is quite impressive. The amp isn’t perfect of course and if I want to be picky then a couple of times when things really got going I felt it could be a bit like an overexcited teenager at a party, but this was slight. Also, whilst it was very good at making sense of dense musical passages, I have heard better through loudspeaker systems, and so I imagine it can be improved on by going for one of the amps higher up in Erzetich’s range. Interestingly Erzetich themselves characterise the amp as slightly bright, which was not my personal impression. Manufacturer’s Specifications Headphone impedance: 8-600 ohm Output power: 181.5 mW (8 ohm)/161 mW (600 ohm) Frequency response: 3 Hz-500 kHz, -1dB THD (1 kHz): 0.0003 % IMD: 0.025 % Power consumption:> 3 W SNR: >102 dB Power supply input voltage: 230 V/50 Hz or 115 V/60 Hz Dimensions (W x H x D): 110 mm x 64 mm x 180 mm Weight: 850 g Character: Slightly bright Summary Whilst this might be an entry level amp for specialists Erzetich, for most it is a step up from base level headphone amps or built in headphone outputs. As such, it is an obvious and worthwhile improvement and I’m sure that most people would be very happy moving to the Bacillus. For anyone looking to upgrade, I would recommend auditioning the Bacillus. A REALREVIEW by David Ayers For further information on this review or if you would like a REALREVIEW on any of your products please contact the content team on press@hifiwigwam.com
  2. Erzetich Tilia Vitro Headphone Stand - £199 - NEW Audiophile headphones need a home where they are protected and do encroach on sacred music space by just laying around. We created the Tilia Vitro for these reasons – well, and to enhance the extremely cool look of your audio corner. This is especially the case if you have already invested in the superior looking Deimos or Bacillus Tilia headphone amplifier, as the Vitro headphone stand is handcrafted from the same linden wood and enhanced with plexiglass acrylic. It’s a match made for heaven, but even without the Bacillus Tilia, the Tilia Vitro headphone stand is an eye-catching support for your headphones. Technical specifications Dimensions (W x H x D): 120 mm x 280 mm x 150 mm Weight: 1300 g Material: wood, acrylic Elite Audio are part of Audio Emotion, so you can buy with confidence Please call us on 0203 397 1119, PM or email us at info@eliteaudiouk.com for more information.
  3. Erzetich Bacillus Headphone Amplifier - £499 - NEW Small, compact and robust, the Bacillus is a precision grade headphone amplifier that comfortably adapts to any impedance headphones. The bright profile is quick in transitions and urges a direct sound, most notably in rock genres. But the low distortion also adapts quickly to acoustic and delivers a very realistic and intimate experience. All in all, Bacillus is an impressive performer and thanks to its diminutive size is an ideal road companion for travelling sound professionals. The Bacillus might be our entry-level headphone amplifier, but on looks and performance you could be forgiven for thinking this elegant headphone amp is among our high-end range – it’s only our generous price tag that gives the game away. Technical specification Headphone impedance: 8-600 ohm Output power: 181.5 mW (8 ohm)/161 mW (600 ohm) Frequency response: 3 Hz-500 kHz, -1dB THD (1 kHz): 0.0003 % IMD: 0.025 % Power consumption:> 3 W SNR: >102 dB Power supply input voltage: 230 V/50 Hz or 115 V/60 Hz Dimensions (W x H x D): 110 mm x 64 mm x 180 mm Weight: 850 g Character: Slightly bright Features 5 years manufacturer warranty WIMA high quality pulse input capacitors audiophile grade op-amp double 180 MHz/250 mA Burr-Brown current buffer Alps Blue Velvet volume potentiometer gold plated RCA connectors silver plated interconnecting wire on input on-board 2 x 15 V stabilised power supply robust aluminium chassis Elite Audio are part of Audio Emotion, so you can buy with confidence Please call us on 0203 397 1119, PM or email us at info@eliteaudiouk.com for more information.
  4. Erzetich Bacillus Tilia Headphone Amplifier - £799 - NEW The sophisticated Bacillus Tilia has such feature rich qualities, you will not believe it is possible to purchase this headphone amp for such a reasonable price. Fitted with top grade input capacitors and premium quality op-amps, you will discover a clarity of sound you didn’t even know existed. Designed as an artistic tribute to our homeland, the Tilia is made from linden wood and produces a rich warm sound that is fast and punchy and exquisitely detailed. The most versatile amp in our range, you can pair the Tilia with any impedance headphones and still be guaranteed a smooth, dynamic sound. With the capacity to drag out the subtle touches, Bacillus Tilia will distinguish tonal differences between key strokes and whip up a delicious presentation most other amps miss. Technical specifications: Headphone impedance: 8-600 ohm Output power: 181.5 mW (8 ohm)/161 mW (600 ohm) Frequency response: 3 Hz-500 kHz, -1dB THD (1 kHz): 0.0002 % IMD: 0.034 % Power consumption:> 3 W SNR: >104 dB Power supply input voltage: 230 V/50 Hz or 115 V/60 Hz Dimensions (W x H x D): 130 mm x 90 mm x 160 mm Weight: 1150 g Character: Silky neutral, slightly warm Features: 5 years manufacturers warranty Obbligato Gold premium quality pulse input capacitors highest audiophile grade op-amps double 180 MHz/250 mA Burr-Brown current buffer Alps Blue Velvet volume potentiometer no output capacitors high quality gold plated RCA connectors silver plated interconnecting wire on input on-board 2 x 15 V stabilized power supply hand carved/artificially aged linden wood chasis Elite Audio are part of Audio Emotion, so you can buy with confidence Please call us on 0203 397 1119, PM or email us at info@eliteaudiouk.com for more information.
  5. Elite Audio Distribution are now the official UK distributor of Erzetich headphone amplifiers and accessories. The Scottish based company now distributes the handcrafted, Slovenian made amplifiers. The Erzetich range features four headphone amplifiers, all handcrafted with the finest components to offer audiophiles the best listening experience possible. Excellent sound quality is not all that Erzetich has to offer. The headphone amplifiers also feature a modern and innovative design, making them the perfect component to have on display when not in use. Both the dual-mono class-A amp, the Deimos, and the Bacillus Tilia amplifier have an extra design feature of aged Lime wood casing, for a more rustic look. Erzetich was founded back in 2012 by Blaž Erzetič, combining his passion for music and background in sound technology, illustration and design. On his reason for making his products, Mr Erzetič said: “Music is made up of two parts: content and sound. When you play a piece of music on substandard equipment, you do not get to enjoy the entire ensemble. “And when you don’t listen to music in its whole sonic glory, you’re missing half of it. “When I design a headphone amplifier, I intend to create a work of art.” Elite Audio Distribution will also be exhibiting the amplifiers on the 29th October at the Hi-Fi Show Live, to let audiophiles experience the sound quality of Ezertich’s range for themselves. The headphone amplifiers start at £499.All of the Erzetich headphone amplifiers are available on Elite Audio’s 30-day, no risk trial, meaning you can try the product in your own listening environment for a whole month. Visit the Elite Audio Distribution website now to view the full range. To buy, contact them on 0203 397 1119 or info@eliteaudiouk.com.