The Bacillus was the first project we successfully completed - although it wasn't the first we started. The initial prototype looked pretty cute: small, compact, stylish and finished off with a shiny acrylic front panel.
Our intention was to create a portable headphone amp that was as small as possible. Initially, the chassis on the Bacillus was 5 mm shorter, but because of the crowded rear we felt it was too risky so opened her up a little.
Fortunately, we were able to maintain a compact size which is quite a feat when you consider the amp has a built-in power supply, huge input capacitors and a heat sink. And because of its size, we wanted to name it after something small – and bacteria (lat. Bacillus) seemed appropriate.