Robert from USA
I received the new Earsonics SM64 at the same time as the Tera. It's rated at 91 ohms and it sounds superb with the Tera.
Very smooth, very spacious combo.
No fatigue and a great black background.
While the SM64 is not as technically proficient as the TG334, the combo of the SM64 and Tera provides the best listening enjoyment / experience I've had in portable audio.
Oh and love the controls. They work as well as I imagined.
Michael from HongKong
The Tera Player arrived a few days ago and I have been using it non-stop - getting used to the sound and enjoying it thoroughly.
Great! Many thanks!
Martine from France
Thank you so much for the speedy delivery, I got it safe and sound shortly after you sent it.
I'm enjoying it enormously!
Francesc from Spain
So I received my Porta Pro yesterday, and after some listening I can say that it sounds really great!
In addition, it is very comfortable and portable: with the bag that comes with PortaPro I can put the Tera Player, so I can bring my HiFi equipment everywhere I go!
Finally, reformatting the 64 GB SD with FAT32 I had no problem reproducing music with it. So I can bring more than 100 long-duration CD's with me too :)
Stephen from UK
I have received the player now and I am a very happy man. It is as amazing as I had hoped.
Thanks very much.
Just thought I would give you an update on the Tera Player.
It's been a couple of months since getting it and the biggest difference that its made to me is that I now listen to my music much more than I ever had done in the past and that is to say that I can, and have, had this plugged into my ears for 8 hours straight with no break.
I didn't really understand what non - fatiguing sound meant until I got this player.
It is an amazing player and we'll worth every penny.
Headfonia Product(s) of the Year 2012, as found here
Mike: The Altmann Tera Player
There were a lot of great products being released in 2012. Most mind blowing to me is definitely the Fostex HP-A8C desktop DAC.
Then the ALO PanAm. The new Cypherlabs Solo -dB (I love the sound of the new Solo), the Beyerdynamic DT770 32‡ which L and me both love,
the Astell & Kern AK100 (though I didn't like the sound, overall the product deserves two thumbs up), and lastly the HD700.
Lieven who's in charge of this article has asked me for the past several weeks to submit my choice and I had a really hard time choosing.
Then it occurred to me that my choice should go to the Altmann Tera player.
Yes, that controversial product that brought me a lot of heat when I published the review.
Over time, people who have listened to the Altmann all agree that the sound is among the best (I think it's the best).
With the Altmann, I don't even worry about what headphone/IEM to use, as long as the relatively puny headphone out can drive it.
It can be a $1,400 FitEar 334 IEM, or an average Shure SE215, or even a lowly Sennheiser PX100-II.
This is the player that never fails to deliver music to me, regardless of what headphone I plug into it.
All with the convenience of having a true pocket-able sized device.
I just love this player.
Andreas from Greece
The player is exquisite.
Dammit I'm impressed!
I compared it to my Cowon d2. Used the track my ashes by the porcupine tree (I never liked the mix Wilson did here with his voice too nasal at the start of the track).
After altmann, I queued the cowon flac version of the song and immediately was struck how flat it sounded.
No contest at all.
And there went my evening cause after porcupine tree there were Low and the guster and after vast and...
I was hooked for 5 hours! Your player can do this to people, you know.
My other rig involves centrance dacport, but I don't remember it being so impressive.
I tell you,you're on to something!
Keep up the good work!
Andrew from England
I am enjoying the Tera-Player very much indeed and am astounded just how good it sounds paired with the Koss PortaPro.
How can a 20 Euro portable headphone sound this good?!?
I'm flabbergasted and confused, as the Koss sounds better than headphones costing ten times as much that I own.
You and Koss are geniuses, or you've both signed pacts with the devil! ;-)
Yours in bemused sonic nirvana,
Mike from Indonesia
After using the Tera-Player for two months now it's officially my favorite portable player and the one that I use the most.
The sound is superb, and I enjoy the simple screen-less UI, the fast response time, the tough build quality, making it a very ideal high quality player to use day in and day out.
Yoshihiro san from Japan
Hi Charles san,
It just arrived!
Tera sounds fantastic.
Can't believe such big yet detailed sound comes from such a tiny DAP.
I am using AKG K3003, Ultrasone Edition 8 and newest Suyama 334 universal.
Keep up the great work.
Yoshihiro san's audio blog
Sem from Indonesia (Tera-Player V1 version)
The sound quality of your Tera Player is very qood, the clarity and detail superb.
I also have HM801 and Colorfull Colorfly C4, so I can compare your Tera and other player.
I have several headphone like HD800, T1, LCD2, but mainly I using Beyer T5p, for IEM, I using AKG K3003 and Shure 535 LE.
Irvin from South Africa (Tera-Player V1 version)
Sounds great thanks Charles-very pure.
For classical recordings which are often quite soft it goes very loud on the porta pros, loud on the hd 25's and usable on the denon d2000's.
Rudolfs from Belgium
Sorry for the lengthy email.
I received the player on Thursday 15 March.
If you are impatient to know what is my first overall impassion, here it is: Tera-Player is the Holy Grail of DAPs.
But back to the course of events.
I filled the card with some files (Autobahn, Glenn Gould's recording of Goldberg variations (1981), Rubber Souls (latest remaster) and 5 albums of the Doors.
Indeed it works fine.
Much, much more than fine.
I am listening to it thru Ultrasone Edition 8 right now, and my first impression is that this is the best sound reproduction quality I have experienced. I will try other phones and compare the impressions to listening thru speakers (which of course is smth. completely different), but the first thing which springs to mind is - no fatigue. Good balance, details, separation, etc., etc.
I am positively amazed how you managed to squeeze this in so small a box. The size is just perfect, exactly on the spot
It indeed lives up to the promise -- it IS the performance standard.
That being said, I make pauses now and again - the experience is almost overwhelming.
So thank you very much for this great product!
I briefly tied the player with beyerdynamic Tesla T5P and - even shorter - with Sennheiser HD600 yesterday late at night, and just now - with Sennheiser HD 25 Adidas (but between HD 600 and HD 25 I replaced most compositions on the card).
Apparently it accentuates the strengths of each of the phones, - keeping the weaknesses bearable.
T5P was just amazing with Glenn Gould's piano recording and fine with the rest, HD 600 was fine with everything (lively, well paced, although 'compact' soundstage), and HD 25 had more PRaT than ever. On some compositions which employ early stereo tricks I could actually 'feel' where and how is placed the driver of T5P, - but that disappeared once the stereo mix was more natural.
Between HD 25 and Edition 8 (just switched back to them while listening to Salty Dog (single), the latter are much more refined and ultimately more enjoyable, still HD 25 remain very involving. Laurie Anderson's Big Science sounds just lovely, again I prefer Edition 8, but I could live happily with HD 25 -- if I had not heard Edition 8, that is. Not to forget about comfort (HD 25 win in a gym, Edition 8 - everywhere else).
With best regards
Tadashi san wrote:
Herrn Dipl.-Ing. Altmann,,
The player has received safe. This is marvellous!
Thank you very much.
Kei san wrote:
I've just received my tera-player.
I'm feeling my portable system's upgrade after a long time.
Thank you very much!
Minoru san wrote:
"Tera-Player" has arrived today.
I liked it very much. Have a good sound out.
And, I am using SDXC cards that are formatted as FAT32.
Ron from Florida:
My Tera-Player safely arrived today. Indeed, it sounds superb. I will
forward further impressions after more hours of listening with my
various IEM's and Koss phones.
I am very pleased with the choice of v.0
Thank you for combining such simplicity of function with such elegance
Franck from France:
I received the player today.
It looks very nice and It's very well built.
I tried it for 10 minutes and the first impression is really really good. I definitely love it !
Thanks again for having built it so quickly
Miyamoto san wrote:
Hello , Altmann-san,
I have bought Tera-Player from MixWave.
Attached file is my listening system .
Tera-Player is compact and high quality DAP . I use it in commuting every day .
I like its good sound and quick response .
I pay respect to your effort for making this "Masterpiece" .
Thank you .
Jonas from Sweden:
I got my Tera player out from post office this morning!
It sounds wonderful!!
Tsuyoshi san wrote:
I have just got a Tera Player!
Listening I found I don't have to carry anymore Chinese DACs. This is a time to be independent from the Androids. Even though I've used for only few hours, it looks very durable (without a monitor accretes the feeling of dualities more) so it seems I can hold it more than decade.
It should do everything what I need when I go out. From the smallest body, the true and natural music comes out, just amazing.
I'm always looking forward to hearing amazing future news from you.
Jerome from England:
It was the tags. Now working perfectly.
And it sounds magnificent!
I own around 20 different personal audio devices (Minidisc, CD and mp3) including the HifiMan HM-601, S:flo2 and Rocoo Studio P.
The Tera has an authority and "bottom" that none other comes close to delivering.
The size and battery life is just icing on the cake.
I'm very grateful.
Thanks again and all the best.
Jan from Denmark
I have recived the TP, thanks.
It sounds so smooth and 'ear-friendly'...... but I guess that you knew that already :-)...so I listen for hours
Only 'problem' is that the sound is so smooth that I tend to play too loud!
Andrey from Russia (Tera-Player V1 version)
After spending some time listening to Tera-Player I am ready to share my impressions.
I am not a professional, I just like listening music :)
First of all I wasn't really expecting such a BIG sound from such a small device. I tried different headphones, but mostly I was listening with Beyerdynamic t5p.
The music was mostly metal. The sound I've got with Tera-Player is just so great with metal music and also very detailed. I also have another high end DAP build by a famous Chinese brand which is also using an R2R DAC.
In comparison with Tera-Player it sounds too dark for my taste and the Tera-Player is much more neutral, the mids are so much better with Tera, guitars and vocals are just the best of all players I ever tried. I can listen for Tera-Player for hours and there is absolutely no fatigue which is common with some lower grade devices.
In my opinion Tera-Player is the best sounding portable player at this moment and it's also the most portable player of all other high end DAP's.
In terms of usabilty itis also very good. I have multiple SDHC 32 gb cards and on each of them there are about 10-15 bands directories with 2-5 albums in each of them and finding the album I want isn't hard at all.
Sorry my English is far from perfect so it was really difficult for me to describe my thoughts.
Thank you Charles for making such a great device! :)
Gaspar from Spain
It's a week since I got the TP &emdash; very, very happy with it.
Great to hear very clean sound with absolutely no distortion or clipping.
Have tried a 64GB card the last couple of days and no issues whatsoever, works very well (so far). I use this particular card as a massive playlist (about 1,100 tracks) divided in 12 folders. For whole albums I prefer to use 32GB cards.
All in all very happy with SQ and the TP's form factor, ie great to have very intuitive external buttons. Also, response time is fantastic, very, very quick.
I certainly wouldn't recommend the TP to the masses, but it most definitely gets my recommendation&emdash;though still a bit expensive when you factor in the need for several memory cards&emdash;to those who are serious about SQ and need / want true portability. So, no regrets so far from this end.
Chris from Australia
I'm not going to attempt to review the Altmann Tera Player from a sonic point of view because I am still learning about Audio and am certainly not an expert. I have however been in Heaven listening to the Altmann Player for the last two days from a users point of view. I work in IT and have the opportunity to listen to music all day at work. Lucky me!
I've purchased quite a few players which I later sold because I wasn't happy in one way or another.
Ibasso DX100 - Very good sound but very large, heats up, bad battery life, can't charge through USB and really bad UI.
Colorfly C4 - Again great sound and looked very cool, however it had really bad battery life, very large to carry around.
Studio V Anniversary Edition - I really liked this player - Small, and again good sound but some hiss is audible - great battery life but the UI is very bad.
I've had many Cowon players which are all fustrating with UI.
The Altmann Player delivers on all fronts for me.
It's portable, has a good battery life, excellent build quality ( I don't have to worry about it in my pocket), very fast startup (having no UI is a bonus in my case and no firmware updates), uses cheap SDHC cards, 5 Year Warranty
The best feature of course is the sound. WOW it's just amazing! I never really understood what people meant by non-fatiguing but now I have a better understanding. I can listen all day and it doesn't bother me at all.
Thank you for this wonderful player! It certainly is the END player for me.
I hope we can keep in touch in the future.
Nizam from Singapore
Just got my Tera yesterday. Currently listening to it with my mg6pro. It sounds great and amazing.
I have a HM-801 and Colorfly C4 and I would say the Tera really topples those guys.
Thanks for making this great product.
Levi from Romania
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Thought you may like this photo and put a smile on your face.
I really enjoy the Tera Player. Many thanks again.
Fernando from Mexico
I just recieve my Tera yesterday. You are a genious!, Its incredible!!!!!!!
I used to listen only ipods and cellphones (to play my flac files), but now I am playing vinyl rips in 24 bits in my Tera, and I cant describe the feeling!!! i couldnt sleep!!!
The sound is so clear, the songs are different because of the great sound!!!!
You are great!!!!
Fernando, your friend fom Mexico
Arkady from Russia
Here is my opinion after a few days of listening.
1. Bass: I've never heard such a good one on any of portable devices (HiFiMan 602, RoCooA, Rio Karma mod, even iBasso DX100). The quality and control of low frequencies is incredible, and the quantity is just perfect.
2. Midrange: clear, agressive when it should be, and never annoying... I mean it!
3. Treble: high frequencies are detailed and clear, but some "aftersound" (don't know what it is called exactly) is missing. I.e trebles just "flash", but not "sparkle"
I have no difficulties (well, almost...) when scrolling through 32Gb card, and it is so great I can easily operate TERA in my pocket! You know we have rather severe winters here in Russia, so the possibility to operate a player in a "blind" mode is highly appreciated.
The response of buttons is immediate, and the whole unit begins playing as soon as you push the card into it. When using, for example, iBasso DX100 (which is one of the best portable devices anyway), it takes the player 2 or 3 minutes to begin playing music, and that's really annoying.
Last, but not least: thank you for not making TERA touch-sensitive!!! Touch screen is a good solution for mobile phones, but not for music players.
Thank you for this portable music wonder. Be sure, it has no rivals as it is.
Gavin from HongKong
Just received the Tera Player tonight!
Listening with the Flat 4 Kaede, BSV Club in 24/96............this player is something special!
It is a sound enamating from your Tera Player that uber Audiophiles try for many years to achieve in their home systems.
Gavi n Chiu, Tralucent Audio
William from HongKong
I truly apologize for my delay in sending this note. The Tera-Player arrived safely a few weeks ago.
I LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!!!
I even purchased some Koss Porta Pros. Sound is incredible! They remind me of the headphones that came with the first Walkmans in the early 80s. Retro cool, but with the fundamentals to make for a great listening experience.
The TP completely outperforms the apple lossless iPod/ Cambridge audio dac I used previously at work. Impressive!
I will avoid the temptation to ramble. My sincere thanks and I will be back in touch soon about an Attraction DAC. :-)
Take care and all the best,
Joe from USA
I live in the United States and had a chance to listen to my friend's Tera yesterday which he has been gushing abt since he got it.
To say that I was blown away is an understatement.
If I told people what we compared it to, they would be in disbelief. It made a reference-level headphone amp sound lifeless.
In the context of the sound we were getting, the price is a complete bargain. $1,600 of gear has never sounded so good (Tera plus some Sennheiser Amperior headphones). What is the current turnaround for a standard Tera player and how do you handle payment?
Congratulations on a truly break-through product.
Joonas from Finland
I received on last Friday.
I love it, thank you so much!
I'm listening with Spiral Ear 5-way Reference Monitors.
Richard from HongKong
Have used the Tera-Player in my car, with my headphones and even connected to normal hifi set up and that all with very detailed yet musical.
I very much enjoy it.
Vincent from USA
Just wanted to let you know I really love the player.
After a week the sound stage with my in ear buds became what I expected and the music is wonderful.
Even some of the bad recordings I have sound very good.
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