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Bacillus Tilia

Wooden Desktop
Amplifier With
a Rich Sound

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.

Bacillus Tilia
Wood warmth headphone amplifier
799 EUR

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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 warranty

class AB final stage

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 chassis

Bacillus Tilia's Story

When we began the project on the Tilia, the idea was to create another Bacillus, but with different electronic specifications that gave it more verve and clarity. There was some linden wood knocking around the workshop so we began experimenting with various dynamics.

Linden wood (lat. Tilia) is interestingly textured and easy to manipulate when you work with it. In Slovenia, it is traditionally used for art and decorative carvings. Bacillus Tilia therefore pays homage to Slovenian heritage where the linden tree is a symbol of the country. 

The design was inspired by my vision of a listener relaxing to music in an antique-like study surrounded by towering shelves stacked with books. The dark wooden chassis was artificially aged to produce the rugged finish that gives it an air of sophistication. We kept the front panel aluminum in line with the classic Bacillus and gave it an appearance that resembles a vintage concert piano.

The Bacillus Tilia is essentially built using the same technology as the original Bacillus but with slight improvements to the chassis, top-of-the-range input capacitors and better quality op-amps. But what is special about the Bacillus Tilia is that the chassis is individually hand carved and painted with seven coats of four different varnishes – and this gives every unit its own unique pattern. 

Reviews

  • Review by T3 Middle East, UAE (in English) (5 stars/highly recommended)
  • Review by Headphone Guru, USA (in English)
  • Review by Truly Gadgets, USA (in English)
  • Review by Vox Auris, Belgium (in French) (5/5 stars)
  • Review by Old & New Sound, Spain (in Spanish)
  • Review by Hi-Fi World, UK (in English) (4/5 stars)
  • Video review by The Headphone Experience, PT. 1, USA (in English) 
  • Video review by The Headphone Experience, PT. 2, USA (in English) 

  • Appearance

  • Anneke van Giersbergen's studio in Musicmaker, October 2013, Netherlands

  • Thoughts

    "The design might be rather eccentric but what we have here is a headphone amp that will please those music fans who hate to miss out on anything. This amp drags out most of those subtleties that are often too shy to make an appearance. The Bacillus Tilia picks them up and puts them on a pedestal for your enjoyment."
    Paul Rigby, Hi- Fi World magazine, UK

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