The Taranis is rather striking in appearance. The black steel chassis used contrasts nicely with the mirror polished silver front panel. No, it's not some laser cut or massive aluminum panel with decorative finish fit for a master craftsmen from horology's finest in Switzerland, but it looks really nice and classy.
The Taranis has a fully differential input stage with a high input impedance of 100k ohm and can swing up to 13.5V with 300 mA of current to the output stage. High input impedance is useful for users pairing the Taranis with source equipment (with a volume control), or preamps with highish output impedance, e.g. tube output stages, or passive preamps.
The power supply used is the same as Merrill Audio's flagship Veritas monoblock amps. Internal wiring is Teflon insulated silver plated copper, while Cardas XLR input jacks and Furutech gold plated IEC are used. The only thing cheap about the Taranis is it's price.
Rather unusual for an audiophile product, is the power meter display on the front panel. A series of LEDs indicate output, with green, yellow and red LEDs corresponding to level (-60 to -21 db for green LEDs, -18 to -12 db for yellow LEDs, and -9 db to 0 db for red LEDs). Call me a wimp, but given my modest listening levels, I never saw the red LEDs light up in the time I had the Taranis.
To be continued ...