Eventually, I relocate the two Ferrum reps into the living room, where they are required to demonstrate their mutual capabilities as a preamplifier unit in comparison with the Brinkmann Marconi. While listening to one of my test tracks twice through the Marconi, I am once again intrigued how much better this system sounds since a Hypsos powers the Auralic Aries Femto. I am even more staggered when the OOR takes over the preamplification in conjunction with a second Hypsos. Now the system in the living room catches up yet another step closer to the one in the study: The midrange sounds much more differentiated and open, while the playback has improved dynamically a bit as well. Perhaps I should have the Marconi somewhat dusted off by the manufacturer after almost 20 years of continuous operation. In any case, the OOR and its partner cut an excellent figure as a preamplifier. Read the full item on Hifi statement – written by DIRK SOMMER from hifistatement.net
Even with the standard switching power supply, the OOR proves to be one of the best headphone amplifiers I have ever listened to. It masters all the hi-fi criteria with gusto, while at the same time offering that certain something that is so difficult to put into words. And this holds even more true in combination with a Hypsos. Headphone aficionados, but also all those who are looking for a preamp, sparsely equipped, but enormously good sounding, and therefore worth the money in the best sense of the word, should put this combo at the top of their wish list. Ferrum’s second strike is at least as successful as the first!