High End 2014: Italian style and passion, the Pathos room

By Dr. Panagiotis Karavitis

Yet another Italian designer with beautiful electronics, only this time the looks are neo-classic. Or, even better: “retro-modern”.

I’m inventing words, aren’t I?

The latest line from Pathos reminds me of the film Metropolis. Squared edges, non-parallel surfaces and massive heatsinks finished in brushed aluminum. The visible tubes create that link between the modern and the classic that makes Pathos electronics so distinctive.

Main system included the Endorphin CD player, Synapse pre, Adrenalin power amp and Frontiers Prime loudspeakers with their distinctive orientable mid-high frequency upper cabinet. Serving music an AMG Viella 12 turntable connected to the “In the Groove mk II” phonostage and the “Musiteca”, a music server with incorporated 24/192 DAC in pure Pathos style, thus finished in brushed metal for a total of 38 kgr! The Prime speakers with their adjustable directivity for the upper octaves managed to create excellent, holographic imaging in Cuban classic “Candela” from Buena Vista Social Club.

Also in the room the Aurum headphone amplifier, with tube complement in the driving stage and MOS-FET in the output, adjustable impedance for excellent matching with all cans and retro-modern looks in typical Pathos fashion paired with top of the line Grado models. Less demanding headphones were connected directly to the Converto DAC which offers a small headphone amp.