It's a PALTAUF! by Stefan Sipl
Recently I bought a new tube headphone amplifier. I had a STAX tube amplifier for quite a lot of money, but it didn't get along with my new STAX 007Mk2 at all and was overtaxed in front and back. So I did some research and came across the products of "Tube Leonardo" Wolfgang Paltauf from Graz/Austria.
At the turn of the year the good part arrived freshly screwed together by Mr. Paltauf. Since then I have been under his spell. Never before has an audio product made me so addicted. Especially since I thought until this device that I was probably not a "headphone type" because I always liked my system better than any KH/KHV combination. This unit has now caught up with the wonderful RIKE AUDIO NATALIJA 2 phono preamplifier and I can simply enjoy both ways of listening to music. That's the way I have always wished for it.
The first two or three days I was still a bit reserved, because he plays rather neutral. Mr. Paltauf attaches great importance to faithful reproduction. The amplifier not only got better every day, it now really plays like a little goddess. Precisely without becoming analytical (which I don't like), with a very contoured, dry bass. It hits the notes and it's a real delight to listen to. And the voices... !
I also find him visually very well done. Only the best ingredients are used inside. This is noticeable every day anew when listening to it.
Report of Klang Bilder 2019 Vienna by Reinhard Haberfellner