Welcome to the Altmann
The heart and soul of
true-fidelity portable listening dwell here!
Say hello to the 2020 Tera model: Woody ..
featuring specially treated spruce wood front and rear plates.
Yes, this is the same wood and treatment as
Charles uses on his electric guitar pickups: the MOTHER-OF-TONE
Fast .. precise .. ultimately natural ..
extended sound quality ..
Download your 1920x1080 wallpapers here:
Woody wallpaper 1
Woody wallpaper 2
ORDERS TAKEN, GO
Tera-Player comes EUR 3312,- (Woody EUR 3525,-) incl.
shipping to you. You can order your Tera-Player by
Please understand that I need at least 10 days for the manufacture
of your Tera-Player! Shipping normally takes 2 .. 10 business-days,
depending on your location.
Before you order or email me, please read the
Tera-Player user's manual.
"For the first time in the history of mankind
a pocket size music-player is being offered
that delivers super-fidelity sound quality"
The Altmann Tera-Player
Gary from England
I managed to buy a 2019 Tera and I have to
say I'm blown away by it.
I also own a Cayin N8, SP1000 and a Lotoo
Paw Gold Touch.
Simply put, I prefer the Tera.
I'm going to sell off some of my other
I'm hoping you keep making Tera's as I'll be
buying another in the future.
I've been listening to everything from black
metal to jazz and classical, sounds amazing on all. Especially as I'm
only using some Koss Porta Pros and KCS75.
Anyhow sorry for bothering you, but the Tera
is number one in my world.
I shan't be wasting more money on Astell
Roland from Romania
"And suddenly, all at once, there was...
Thank you for the opportunity to be a proud
contributor to the study of the world of sound!
Listening to the Tera is like a therapy for
my tortured ears :)
I rediscover the joy if listening to music,
like the old days, escaping from the grey world.
I realize now, how fucked up the mainstream
consumer market really is. No regards for human well-being and common
And it's not that I am old school, and lived
in a different world than is today.
I think I will need another Tera, and hide
it in a safe place as a backup ...
Keita-san from Japan
The Tera player has arrived
I heard it immediately.
I have bought various DAPs but there are no
other satisfying players so far.
I am deeply grateful that I can use a Tera
To your wonderful work, I want you to say
with the utmost appreciation and respect, thank you.
Sherry from USA
I LOVE my new tera player!!! Thank you
Soooo... much for creating this AMAZING sound!!! It truly IS
Beautiful. However, the sound is even more beautiful!
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you,
Steve from USA
I received my red Altmann yesterday and it
works as flawlessly as promised.
You are a magician. :)
It's the most natural sounding player I've
heard (and I've heard many).
I'm enjoying it very much.
Allen from Australia
The sound is amazing even I dont use a good
headphone. So cool?
Stephen from UK
I thought it was worth giving another
I continue to use the Tera Player daily and
love it as much as ever.
I purcased a Chord Mojo some months back as
I had heard great things about it, and to be sure it is a great
But it's not as sweet and smooth as the Tera
So, to be honest, it doesn't get used that
much at all as the Tera Player is still first choice every
Barry from USA
How is life treating you these days. I hope
I just wanted to drop you a line to remind
you just how much I am enjoying my Tera Player with each passing day
after 6 months of ownership.
This player is the absolute best in class
media player in the world!!
I'm sure you knew that already though right
I wish I had purchased 2 of the FTU's when I
purchased mine because I really would like my wife to have her own
since our musical taste are so different.
Listening to mine along with me doesn't
satisfy her musical taste :)
Wan from Singapore
Yes! Tera is up and running :)
It's life-like, very real (like the singer
is performing in front of me). I'm gobsmacked !
The stage is nice for me to feel the stage
It's very very musical and, you know, I have
been listening non-stop for the final few hours before I reluctantly
hit the sack. hehe...
I am loving the sound...
Currently, using the middle port.
Will try out the outer port, to see if there
is any difference =)
Thank you, Charles.
Above photograph courtesy of Wan Quan,
Will from USA
I spent 23 years in my own record shop.
Over that time I spent over hundred thousand
dollars on home and portable audio equipment.
But I have to tell you it wasn't until I
bought the Altmann Tera light and a set of modified Porta pros did I
hear music for the first time.
You are an audio genius.
Thanks for changing my life,
Hagen aus Deutschland
der Tera Player hört sich himmlisch an,
Ich höre zur Zeit mit meinen
LCD-Kopfhörer.. Ein tolles Gespann.
Steven from USA
Here it's soon to be year 4 with my
Tera-Player. Times flies and I can still
say the feeling I have for my Tera-Player is
like it was brand new. The
listening pleasure never changes. Each time
I pick it up which is a lot is
holding something so special. Still in love
with your creation that keeps
soothing my soul.
I dread the day when l have to part with it
to have my battery replaced but
so far, so good. Like with everything in
life nothing last forever so
selfishly speaking, stay healthy and out of
danger. You need to be around a
François from France
I guess you have already read that but I'm
greatly impressed by what I've heard during the first listening
sessions of the Tera.
It's exactly what I was searching for :
natural sound, « breathe » around the instruments and
singers (sorry, my english skills are not good enough to describe it
in a clearly way) !
As a lot of people wrote on the internet, I
didn't feel any ear strain, even when I'm listening metal or
Then, I found the player I was searching fo
so many years, it's clearly worth the investment :)
Thank you Charles for this impressive
Wish you the best.
Tsutomu-san from Japan
I'm thinking that you are God !
I had challenged for the best sound quality,
for example AK120, AK240, AK380, and many many portable amps,
batteries, but these weren't satisfied with my ears !
And, Always I backed your Tera, Tera is the
best sound portable player !
Therefore ,I can't wait for the latest Tera
You are exactly the best sounding God in the
Thanks God !
Best Regards Tsutomu
Jacky from China
By the end of 2015 still the world's best
portable music player. I gave a listen to my son through Sony MDR
CD3000, great combination btw.
New Tera-Player models:
'THE REVEREND' switchpad
done in dark-brown, blackened screws, polished front- &
'ENZO' switchpad done in
signal-red, plated screws, polished front- & rear-plates
Now available: satinized
(left) or polished (right) edges
suddenly, all at
Above photograph courtesy of Maxim Nikitin,
Hi there, and welcome to
the home of the world's one-and-only portable music player.
The Altmann Tera-Player
was created for those individuals who desire and need a higher level
of sound quality.
Above photograph courtesy of Yoshihiro san, Japan.
World's smallest portable music
player capable of 192kHz wav playback.
Longest battery-time worldwide
for a truly pocketable 192kHz music player ( >12h, 15h tested with
6 years old battery)
Fast charge-up time -> only
2h for 80% battery charge
Smallest digital section of any
portable music player worldwide (smaller digital section -> less
jitter, less noise, longer battery life)
World's only portable music
player featuring dual ultra-precision Golledge oscillators that
meet/exceed the performance of currently advertised
No Cirrus/Crystal, No Wolfson,
No ESS Sabre, No Sigma-Delta! Sorry guys, you didn't make it into the
world's best sounding player. My advice: Listen and learn ;-)
World's only portable music
player that employs a TRUE DAC with NO DIGITAL FILTER and NO
OVERSAMPLING -> The Tera-Player is the only portable player with
bit-perfect playback, a prerequisite to its unrivalled sound
The Tera-Player has its own
proprietary operating system and chip for all-embracing
performance-control of every musical aspect!
World's fastest boot-up time
for a high-resolution audio player -> less than a fraction of a
second. The Tera is made for listening, not for waiting!
Tera plays .wav, the best
storage format for music!
World's only portable music
player, that allows you to change artist / album or track with a
simple push of a button.
Tera-Player delivers infinite
performance at an unbeatable price!
World's only portable music
player with full screenless navigation!
WORLD'S ONLY PORTABLE MUSIC
PLAYER COVERED BY A 6 YEARS WARRANTY!
World's only portable music
player made in Germany.
World's most loved music
Troy from USA
Hi just got the player and loaded some
I have to say this is the most detailed and
true sound I've heard from anything to date!
Do you have any recommendations of songs
that I can load to achieve the tera player's full potential?!
Peter from USA
Just saw your new website.
After a year of listening to the tera player
I will say it is one of my best all time purchases.
Weather listening through headphones, car,
jambox on the beach or golf course sound is killer.
The screen less controls I now can operate
in my sleep.
Also I love the sound of the porta pros with
mods Thanks and Take Care.
Anne from USA
When I originally got in touch with you
about the Tera Player, I said I wanted excellent sound, and as small
You told me that I'd found the right
I am listening all the time - headphone, in
the car, on my stereo system.
I love the quality of the sound.
I prefer it to the (very highly reviewed)
DAC that is in my system.
Patrick from England
Thank you and well done! My Tera is
just so musical.
The AK240 I own is excellent but, when I
want to listen to music close to the original, I now always go to my
With all the best,
Well I received my Porta Pro's back from
modding yesterday, and I have not removed them from my head yet.
I fell asleep with the Tera playing in my
head all night. :) I just cannot stop listening to music with this
It truly is "all about the music" with the
The PP's pairing with the Tera player is
I can't believe the detail I'm able to hear
in my music now. I don't think I'll ever listen to my Fiio X5 DAP
ever again :)
I don't see why anyone would be in search
for any other headphones. The Porta Pro's and the Tera Player are a
match made in heaven!!
All I can say Charles is that the Tera
Player is the best Audio purchase I've made to this date. The sound
is truly unbelievable!!
I'm in Pure Audio Nirvana. I still marvel at
the fact that such full quality sound can come from a unit this
In closing......I just want to say this
Charles....all those Tera haters out there can go pack horse manure.
Tera is the greatest audio player in the
world. Great Job!!
John from Singapore
Listening to the modded Koss Porta Pro
through my Tera and I am simply lost for words. They sound amazing.
I feel so stupid now for buying brands like
I feel like ordering an extra pair
Adrian from England
Am just sitting listening to some music on
my Tera - after 2 years of ownership I am still loving it.
It is in fact my favourite audio item - I
have changed many other things but am consistently delighted with
your great player and thought I should let you know.
René from USA
Today marks my first year anniversary with
It should come as no surprise that I too
celebrate ownership of the world's finest pocket sized music player.
It delivers PURE listening enjoyment that
soothes my soul.
All I can says is, I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
Kudos to you!
Wannapat from Thailand
I have receive Tera Stealth.
Here is my first impression:
After testing Tera with many of my reference
earphones [Porta Pro Modded by Hi-Flight, (C)IEMs, Earbuds, and
Headphones]. Both with 16/44.1 and 24/192 wav files.
Tera sound quality is PERFECT. As I
have all the high-end players from HM901 with Balanced Amp Card,
AK120, and iPods. I dare to say that Tera by far is the best
sounding DAP for my ears!
Thank you for such an Amazing
In the future, if you ever have any new
invention please send me an update, I'd be most interested in
Sean from England
Tera-player has just arrived :)
It feels great in the hand, and looks very
cool. I just love the commandline interface.
I have just tried my `stress test' --- Tubby
Hayes `100% Proof', CD rip from the album of the same name.
The Player is very composed with this track,
and is driving my B&W P5's very well.
Lots of `micro noise detail' around the sax
playing (I am an amateur sax player, so like to hear all the clicks,
clunks and drool!).
But driving my Grado RS1 headphones... very,
very nice :)
Very good job, and I'm pleased to have been
able to support your iconoclasm.
I read some of the tera-player flamewars,
where anti-aliasing was a big source of argument. Interesting that
camera makers, led by Leica, and including Sony and Fuji, all offer
cameras with no anti-aliasing filter, because it results in visibly
So, thank you for your work. I shall
continue to enjoy my Tera-Player in all its lovely simplicity.
Jacky from China:
HI Genius Charles:
I've come to talk with you; do not know : )
what are you busy with recently? The people who know you say you are
a genius, not knowing who you think you are a madman. But I think
these are not important, you know TP (TERA PLAYER) of the human
nature to understand you!
Today, I have an audition, I took TP and I
hand the stopper to them to listen, everybody is good for TP
reaction, I also think that TP is a focus on sound good stuff, is the
more expensive things, they do not believe in the beginning of this
little will have the strength, the results ears proved that TP is
over most of the player on the market. On hearing it, I personally
think that his sound is the best, most simulation taste! Even beyond
the AK240's sense of hearing!
THE SUN IS SHINING
THE BIRDS ARE SINGING
THE MUSIC IS GROOVIN'
THERE'S COLD BEER IN THE FRIDGE
I like your website advertising words, music
is be light of heart from care, natural enjoyment
From the China friend
Dan from Switzerland
I believe this one will amuse you.
My daughter listened to the Black Hole Tera
Player and is NOT returning it anymore :)
Please let me know how fast I could have
another one ?
Please have mercy -;)
All the best,
Unbelievable sound. Figured out downloading
to wav etc. fairly quickly.
Slight learning curve on the UI.
Played favorite tracks ranging from Live
dead shows to Son Volt, Steely Dan, PJ Ten (re-mastered) and finally
my ultimate reference album re-mastered Sgt Peppers the compared to
MP3 versions on my IPod and I can't believe I listed to that
compressed crp for so long! Looking forward to loading more.
Really fun playing with this thing. Sound is
Thanks for all your help, great service and
Nathan from USA
Hi Charles, the Tera Player arrived today,
and I'm just now listening to my first track off it and everything is
working and sounding remarkably good.
Thanks for all your hard work, research, and
making this available for people like me.
It's hard to be prepared for how small this
Very pleased, thank you.
Guy from The Netherlands
Thanks for the delivery of the tera-player,
it arrived already saturday.
I am impressed by the sound quality which
confirms your theories, especially percussive instruments seem to
benifit, but even the Beatles sound better on the tera player then on
any other device I have heard.
Maybe I should try your other products
Nirmala from USA:
YES! The Tera arrived today... I am loving
it. Does this thing burn in at all? Can it get even better?
Thanks for an awesome new sound! I will
report more when I have had more time to listen.
I am still loving my Tera. I wavered some
and tried some other DAPS, but at the end of the day I always came
back to the Tera. It is uniquely amazing!
It sounds wonderful enough to make a Hindu
Chad from USA
Received my beautiful new Tera Player
It sounds amazing so far!
Truly, thank you for making this amazing
You definitely have a repeat customer if you
build any new daps...
Thank you again!
Peter aus Deutschland
über das Wochenende war ich nicht
zuhause und habe erst vor 1 h den Player bei den Nachbarn abgeholt.
Er ist also unversehrt bei mir angekommen!
Es ist der HAMMER !!!!!!!!!! Beste
Anschaffung des Lebens !!!!!! Ohne Worte -- hüpfe hier mit meine
52 Lenzen wie ein junges Kind herum !
Werde wohl nie mehr meinen Rockbox Ipod 5.5
mit dem legendären Xin Supermicro-Verstärker hören
wollen. Wobei ich mir eigentlich fast sicher war, dass keine
Steigerung möglich sei. (Höre übrigens mit Etymotic
Nicht nur der Sound ist unbeschreiblich auch
die Bedienung ist genial und vor allem super schnell (das fehlende
Display ist KEIN Mangel!!)
Nochmal VIELEN Dank für die Entwicklung
des Players !
viele dankbare Grüsse
My Stealth Tera-Player arrived today.
It looks so elegant and audio output is
I'm pleased with my decision to go with your
player over the others.
My research paid off. Count me in as a
Thank you very much and be well!
Heather from USA
I received the Tera-Player today!
It is absolutely incredible. As you know,
and as others have told you, it is fabulous the way it produces what
the recording artist meant for listeners to hear.
The first song I listened to on the player
was David Sylvian's song "I Surrender" from his album Dead Bees on a
Cake. I was so pleased to hear each instrument and vocals with such
pure clarity and force.
As you can imagine, I've spent the last
several hours converting and listening to as many files as I could
and am playing music on it now as I write. :)
My boyfriend is plenty jealous of my player
(he's known all about my excitement over the purchase and he had a
listen as well of course!). I have to say I felt bad I didn't get one
for him too! :)
Thank you again so much your fantastic
craftsmanship. I'm so glad to have it and the fact that I was able to
buy it from the creator and craftsman makes it all the more
Hi, Charles. I am one of your happy
You wrote in our last exchanges that I was
probably the world's first Tera-player girl. A title I wear with
I wanted to write and thank you again for
making such a fantastic player.
I have owned mine for two months now and
have had no issues with it.
It is as impressive a player as on day one
and I still marvel at the sound clarity and 'separation' of
instruments each time I listen to it.
All the best to you and yours,
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
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
Great! Many thanks!
It's been over a month since receiving my
It's difficult to put down.
I've been listening and enjoying since
Thanks for creating the world's finest
pocket sized music player.
My Tera Player just had its 6 year
anniversary in June and it still delivers pleasure daily like it did
the first day it arrived.
What an amazing piece of art and
Jim from USA
I am loving my Tera player. Listening to it
with Westone 4R. Stunning...
Btw. really having fun w player.
Wife got pissed when I took it to bed w me!
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 :)
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
Headfonia Product(s) of the Year 2012, as
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
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!
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
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
Hi Charles san,
It just arrived!
Tera sounds fantastic.
Can't believe such big yet detailed sound comes from such a tiny
I am using AKG K3003, Ultrasone Edition 8 and newest Suyama 334
Keep up the great work.
Yoshihiro san's audio blog
Indonesia (Tera-Player V1
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
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
That being said, I make pauses now and again - the experience is
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 -
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
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
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 .
Above photograph courtesy of Miyamoto san, Japan.
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
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
This photograph courtesy of Tsuyoshi san, Japan.
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
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
Only 'problem' is that the sound is so
smooth that I tend to play too loud!
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
Fernando from Mexico
I just recieve my Tera yesterday. You are a genious!, Its
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
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
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.
Gavin 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
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
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
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.
The Altmann Tera-Player is the simplistic music
player capable of high-resolution audio playback and superior
In fact, full resolution CD quality is the lowest
playback mode that the Tera-Player is capable of.
size: 57 x 57 x 18 mm
weight: 80 grams
case: all aluminum black anodized, laser engraved
front rear plates: 2mm aluminum black anodized, CNC
main chip: ARM Cortex, proprietary operating system
DAC: NOS Philips
R2R with current output,
ASRS element and true 16-bit resolution
zero -> no oversampling and no digital filter
on the Tera-Player
I/V conversion: Burr-Brown
oscillators: 2 separate ultra-precision crystal
oscillators supplied by Golledge with RMS period jitter spec: 5ps max.
and RMS phase jitter spec: 1 ps max
battery: Motorola LI-ION 700mAh
charging: mini-USB port 300mA, monitored by red LED
playtime on single charge: >12h (15h tested with 6
years old battery)
charge time: 2h 80%
SDHC card slot with 4/8/16 or 32 GB SDHC
SDXC cards with 64GB
and 128GB (SDXC cards must be formatted
to FAT32 for use in the Tera-Player,
supported file type:
stereo 16-bit and 24-bit. Tera does not support file formats that
cripple music (i.e. mp3, DSD, etc.)
Supported sample-rates: 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4
and 192 kHz
headphone outputs: silver plated contacts, 2 separate
outputs: teramega and superduper, can be used simultaneously
navigation: tactile pad with 5 stainless steel
buttons, gold plated contactor foil, hand assembled
high quality digital volume control using 32bit
navigation commands: next previous track / album /
supports iTunes® music library structure
5 (five) years limited warranty, 6 years for the 2014
'up Tera models
hand-made in Germany
REPRODUCTION SYSTEM (ASRS)
Since every gain device, by
nature, injects a specific amount of distortion into the
signal-chain, the output signal will be degraded to a specific
A DAC chip may be seen as a
gain device with exceptionally high distortion in general, and
particularly with a high out of band distortion.
In all common DA converters,
the - out of band part - of the generated distortion will partially
be removed by analog post processing circuitry.
The residual distortion is then
´glued´ inside the output signal and cannot be removed in
following processing steps.
This residual distortion
generates sonic artefacts, that prevent even the most advanced
digital equipment to faithfully reproduce certain natural sound
sources, such as: vocals, strings, horns/reeds, pianos, organs,
acoustic & electric guitars, drums, etc.
Until today, recording
engineers and large parts of the audiophile community complain about
artefacts in digital sound reproduction, and there is a consistent
tendency to use high quality analog equipment, whenever
The ASRS design topology
overcomes the limitations of all existing DAC systems by implementing
proprietary filter elements, that remove distortions directly from
the chip-surface of all gain devices, before the signal can leave the
This effective reduction of
residual signal corruption promotes a perfectly authentic
reproduction of all sound sources, while maintaining an unrivalled
level of overall performance.
The ASRS design topology was
developed by AMM in 1998 and is implemented into all ALTMANN DA
Converters, AD Converters, Amplifiers, Phono-Stages and of course
The laser engravement on the Tera-Player's rear side.
On the MAC we suggest using the free
software to load the music on the SDHC card for your Tera-Player.
XLD can be configured to convert all incoming
files (Apple Lossless, Flac, ogg, mp3, etc.) to
automatically, while copying to the SDHC card.
On the Windows PC we use the excellent
XRECODE software for
converting and copying files to the SDHC card
Both work excellent.
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is never an accident !
When it comes to Quality
we can be a tad rough.
We like to test a little
harder, and a little longer; just to make sure that the world's
finest portable music player is able to keep up with your
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These Tera's have been
where no other portable music player ever was.
Scratched, dropped and
badly mistreated for years, yet still delivering unrivalled sound
Whenever a Tera-Player
Field-Test-Unit returns to our laboratories, it is cleaned,
thoroughly inspected, updated to the latest hard- and software feats,
tested, tested twice, tested again and then sold for a very
attractive price to a caring owner.
And hey, we even back
those up with a 5 years warranty.
Why would we do that
Because we can.
Become part of a legend
for your Tera-Player Field-Test-Unit!
ALTMANN MICRO MACHINES - Dipl.-Ing. Charles
Altmann - Erlenstr. 15 - 42697 Solingen - Germany - +49-212-233-7039
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