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From 2000 to 2003, I spent time at many dealerships listening to many preamps. Some of these I took home for brief, weekend auditions. I liked several of them, most notably the Ayre K1-x and then K1-xe, but the ones I liked were always more expensive than what I was willing to pay, so in 2003 I decided to buy a demo Cary SLP 2002 to use on an interim basis.
I operated with it for nearly two years while assembling more information on preamps I liked. I then sold my Cary to raise money for a new front-end, and operated without a preamp for two years. When I finally felt ready, I went on an intensive search to find a high-end pre that would have the right synergy with the rest of my system. So from mid-2006 through mid 2007, I went on a preamp binge, auditioning several impressive preamps in my system and also getting preamps for Dagogo reviews. Some of the preamps I auditioned stayed in my system for extended periods. These included the following: Mark Levinson 380S (which was being phased out); Sphinx Project Eight Reference Preamp; Ayre K-1xe; XLH SL-11XS; MBL 5011; BAT VK-40SE; and Pass XO. The Ayre, the BAT and the Levinson I auditioned for a few weeks, while the others I had for a minimum of a month. I’ve written detailed reviews of the Pass, the Sphinx, the XLH and the MBL, and you might find it helpful to read those reviews to get an idea of my perspective on preamps.
I’ve also used Electronic Visionary Systems’ Ultimate Nude Attenuators, which enable me to get a clear idea of my system’s sound without a preamp. This is very helpful when evaluating preamps since it allows you to more clearly isolate the effect of each preamp.
The Tautoro has all the input and output options you’d expect from a top-flight preamp that is meant to control a multiple-source high-end system, including phase inversion, home theater bypass, adjustable gain (50dB, 56dB, 60dB, 66dB) and adjustable load (47k, 470R, 100R, 47R, 22R), all of which I found useful. It allows five line inputs in either balanced or unbalanced mode. Dual outputs can be used for biamping and/or multi-room configurations. It is a highly flexible machine that will accommodate virtually any high-end configuration. Please read the complete description on the Plinius website, http://www.pliniusaudio.com.
I’ve now had the Plinius Tautoro for several months and (subject to the caveat below about using points and discs) can enthusiastically say that I have added it to the short list of preamps that I’ve enjoyed the most, which include the Ayre, the Pass and the MBL.
“… I thought its bass performance was better than the K1-xe, and I definitely liked its bass performance better than the Pass XO …”
In many ways, the Plinius Tautoro is a cross between the Ayre and the Pass. It is very lively, with excellent PRAT and slam and is quite good with microdynamics and detail. Compared to my own MBL 5011, the Tautoro was a bit more forward, separated the performers a bit more and was not as rich. As I mentioned above, it has the macrodynamic qualities and slam of the Ayre K1-xe and the microdynamic qualities of the Pass XO. Sonic memory is a tenuous thing, but I thought its bass performance was better than the K1-xe, and I definitely liked its bass performance better than the Pass XO, which errs on the side of amazingly detailed and agile bass, but sacrifices some of the chest-thumping richness of the type of bass I hear in live concerts.
The Tuatoro is one of the more “tweakable” of the high-end preamps I’ve auditioned. This could be viewed as extraneous, but I did not find that to be the case. It allows any user to experiment and tune the Tautoro for his own system and personal preferences. I liked it without cones or discs, but I found that using Walker Valid Points and tuning discs really helped to improve bass and overall musicality in my main system. I could easily live with a tweaked Plinius Tautoro in my main system.