Disregarding all my jokes, Vision THR-1 came out as a really serious piece of kit, it is modern looking, built like a tank and has an affordable sticker attached to it considering all its pros.
It sounded impressive with IEMs, with dynamic headphones and with planar-magnetics alike so I consider it really versatile. If you look for a full-bodied sound, carrying a heavier tone, that is smooth, unoffensive and that can be listened for a very long session, then THR-1 is a logical recommendation. That hint of warmness, that effortless presentation made pairing and system matching a much easier task and it worked well even with hot sounding sources.
THR-1 also came out as a soundstage king, that reminded me a lot about good tube designs without their shortcomings.
Solid build quality, it’s built like a tank in a thick Faraday cage that doubles as a giant heat-sink.
Great tonal balance, always natural and weighty sounding
Extended frequency response with a good transparency
Sounds open wide on all axes, has an amazing depth too
Very powerful output stage, can drive any headphone with authority
Airy and big sounding all the time
Smooth and easy going, non-aggressive approach
Leans towards an engaging performance, adding color and nuance to your music
Paired well with all my headphones from sensitive IEMs to big planars
Not the most linear sounding
As a line-stage, a remote control is a must
Reviewed by: Sandu Vitalie