Tanatos is a high-class, standalone headphone amplifier, and only headphone amplifier without an integrated DAC utilizing the same op amp.
No compromises, the amplifier is supposed to drive even 600 Ω headphones with full power and it does its job perfectly.
How does it work?
The circuit responsible for supplying power to headphones is TPA6120, a perfect chip which is very often misapplied, which causes the sound to be dry and sharp, sometimes even painful at higher volumes. There is a way to use the chip at full power without the unpleasant sharpness. The answer is a proper application of J-FETs.
For a preamplifier our device uses a circuit based on discrete elements from TOSHIBA, the preamplifier was designed as result of an inspiration by superb designs of Nelson Pass. Based on these two ideas, an excellent high-power amplifier with beautiful analog sound was made.
Headphone amplifier Tanatos was made with the best interoperation with our NOSTROMO DACs in mind. NOSTROMO wolf in particular is a perfect fit for the amplifier. The excellent synergy between the Wolfson DAC chip and the Texas Instruments amplifier chip in these devices transforms this combination into a professional audio set. Tanatos is a neutral amplifier. It neither subtract nor adds anything to the sound. One could say that it will breathe new life into every pair of headphones and that the music will finally sound right, become more open and juicy.
In its price segment Valentine has no competition.
If you care about good power source, we recommend THIS ONE.