Feliks Echo II
Our Price | $1,249
The star of the entry level demands your attention. Feliks Audio's Echo II defies what you'd come to expect from a beginner tube amp, blurring the lines between solid-state energy and natural tube tonality.
You'll want to test this out as your first amp for certain – pair this with a high-impedance headphone from Audio-Technica, Sennheiser or ZMF Headphones, and you're off to audio nirvana via the lively, energetic performance Echo II particularly excels at! Coloured yet correct, there's still a tonal evenness throughout that means you can trust this is the way your music was meant to sound.
Its ability to drive planar magnetic headphones has improved further, with increased power output offering more flexibility and synergy with such low-impedance transducers than ever before. The same is true of source selection, with three RCA inputs to choose from.
Echo II's massive audio bandwidth is a plus at this price point and comes courtesy of an output transformer-less OTL construction. Affordability, it appears, is no excuse to compromise pure performance in Feliks Audio's books.
With a pair of 6N6P and 6N1P tubes driving your headphones directly without a chunk of transformer iron in the signal path, there's literally nothing standing between you and your enjoyment of music.
Here's a lesson of legacy technologies done right – already, the single-ended Class A nature of Echo II means you'll enjoy the audio gains from the holy grail of bias schemes, without paying an arm and a leg for warm, natural and wholesome even harmonic sound.
You'll be able to see the explore what these traditional principles are capable of doing pushed to their maximum higher up Feliks Audio's 2021 line-up here, along with all our other DAC & amp options here.