Hifi News - Headphone Amps

Review - iFi Audio Pro iESL

iFi Audio Pro iESL

Make the most of electrostatic headphones with iFi's Pro iESL
I Fi adds to its flagship ‘Pro’ range of compact audio components with the Pro iESL headphone energiser – an ingenious device designed to make the most of electrostatic headphones.



Review - McIntosh MHA150

McIntosh MHA150

McIntosh Launch The MHA150 Headphone Amp
T he new McIntosh MHA150 Headphone amp at £5,500 is billed as a headphone amp but is much more and can function as a USB DAC and a 50 watt per channel integrated amp as well as a headphone amp. The MHA 150 contains the company’s new second-generation digital to analogue converter (DAC) , capable of Hi-Res Audio replay, and also enabling a range of devices, including smartphones, tablets and computers, to connect digitally and deliver the legendary McIntosh sound quality to headphones and speakers. The amp contains three digital inputs, including USB, plus connections for two analogue devices.



Review - Astell&Kern AK380 Amp

Astell&Kern AK380 Amp

Astell&Kern Launch The AK380 Amp
T he Astell&Kern AK380 Amp at £499 currently, is a booster for the Astell&Kern AK380 that when partnered together allows the pairing to drive high impedance headphones. Sufficient gain to drive just about any headphones such as Abyss or the difficult to drive HiFiMan HE1000s as one reviewer put it.



Review - Arcam rHead

Arcam rHead

Arcam Launch The rHead - Headphone Amp
T he Arcam rHead headphone amp at £399 joins the irDAC-II and the MusicBOOST, as the third product in the Arcam headphone product range. The Arcam rHead is a discrete true-linear Class-A analogue headphone amplifier, built for the highest possible performance.



Review - Unison Research SH Headphone Amp

Unison Research SH Headphone Amp

Unison Research Launch The SH Headphone Amp
T he Unison Research SH Headphone Amp wil retail at £1,250 and is a single ended Class A - Valve headphone amp and USB DAC. Pictured is the Cherry finish, there is also a Black finish. The SH can play from a traditional Line level source via 2 RCA connections at the back. The SH can also decode and playback Hi-Res Audio from a connected computer via the USB B input at the back. A switch at the front of the SH decides which source is played back. The Unison Research SH can drive two pairs of headphones simultaneously and has a switch at the front to boost output power to low sensitivity headphones.



Review - iFi Audio Pro iCAN

iFi Audio Pro iCAN

iFi Audio Reveal The Pro iCan Headphone Amp
T he iFi Audio Pro iCan is officially being launched at the Bristol HiFi Show 2016. The Pro iCan is the first model in iFi's Pro Range and the Pro range is a renaming of the Mini range so instead of Nano, Micro and Mini it's now Nano, Micro and Pro. The Pro iCan is a balanced or unbalanced headphone amp, combined with a tube buffer stage (based on the iTube) and an analogue preamp. iFi Audios XBass and 3D Sound also feature in the Pro iCan.



Review - iFi Audio - micro iCAN Special Edition

iFi Audio - micro iCAN Special Edition

iFi Audio Launch the micro iCAN Special Edition - Headphone Amp
T he iFi micro iCAN Special Edition is an upgrade to the iCAN headphone using trickle down technology from the iFi Pro CAN headphone amp. The launch page has a collection of Star Wars terminology around the launch, which you can read via the first link below (and enter iFi Audio's Star Wars themed micro iCAN Special Edition launch competition).



Review - Peachtree Audio Shift

Peachtree Audio Shift

Peachtree Launch The Audio Shift Portable Headphone Amp And USB DAC
P eachtree Audio have launched the Audio Shift which is a portable Digital-to-Analogue Converter(DAC) and headphone amp. The RRP for the Audio Shift is £299 although some retailers have an Introductory offer of £275.



Review - Oppo HA-2 - Headphone amp

Oppo HA-2 - Headphone amp

Oppo Launch The HA-2 Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amp in the UK
T he £259 Oppo HA-2 is now available in the UK. The HA-2 is a leather cased portable USB DAC headphone amp about the same size as a smartphone. Battery powered (rechargeable in circa 30 minutes) the HA-2 uses a powerful hybrid class AB amplification to drive even high impedance power sapping over-ear headphones. The USB DAC section allows the HA-2 to perform high quality computer audio conversion for Apple devices such as the iPhone and iPod as well as a wide range of Android devices, Windows devices, and PC / Mac computers. The HA-2 can even be used to charge your smartphone on the go !



Review - Musical Fidelity MX-HPA - Headphone Amp

Musical Fidelity MX-HPA - Headphone Amp

Musical Fidelity Launch The MX-HPA - Headphone Amp
T he £599 Musical Fidelity MX-HPA headphone amp is a pure headphone amp in that it doesn't contain a USB DAC. The MX-HPA does offer the ability to drive headphones in either balanced mode, if your headphones support balanced operation, or unbalanced mode.



Review - Oppo HA-2 - Headphone amp

Oppo HA-2 - Headphone amp

Oppo reveal the Oppo HA-2 - Portable Headphone amp and USB DAC
T he Oppo HA-2 - will be a portable Headphone amp and USB DAC. It has been designed to be thin and long an mirror the dimensions of a mobile phone.



Review - NuForce HA-200

NuForce HA-200

NuForce launch the NuForce HA-200 - Headphone amp
T he MSRP $349 UK price T.B.A. NuForce HA-200 is a high performance, Single Ended, Class-A Headphone Amplifier engineered to satisfy the requirements of the most devout headphone hifi enthusiast. Two NuForce Ha-200s can be doubled up to create the ultimate dual mono Headphone amplification.



Review - Sennheiser HDVD 800 Headphone Amp

Sennheiser HDVD 800 Headphone Amp

Sennheiser launch the HDVD 800 USB DAC and Headphone Amp
T he £1500 Sennheiser’s HDVD 800 USB DAC headphone amp is equipped with a high-quality Burr-Brown digital to analogue converter (DAC) that converts digital audio data (up to 24 bit 192 kHz)



Review - M2Tech Marley Headphone amp

M2Tech Marley Headphone amp

M2Tech Launch the Marley Headphone amp
T he £1050 M2Tech Marley headphone amp can drive two pairs of headphones and function as a limited input pre-amp. The M2Tech Marley Headphone amp offers :-



Review - Quad PA-One Headphone amp

Quad PA-One Headphone amp

Quad launch the PA-One - USB DAC and Headphone amp
T he £1,200 Quad Pa-One is a valve powered headphone amp that combines traditional analogue inputs with the standard USB , Coax and Optical digital inputs.



Review - Oppo HA-1

Oppo HA-1

Oppo launch the HA-1 - Headphone amp USB DAC and pre amp
T he Oppo HA-1 - Headphone amp USB DAC and pre amp has just launched. In the US this is $1199. The UK price is £1099.



Review - McIntosh MHA100 Headphone Amplifier

McIntosh MHA100 Headphone Amplifier

McIntosh MHA100 Headphone Amplifier USB DAC integrated amp - UK Price announced
T he McIntosh MHA100, the company's first headphone amp, is now on sale in the UK for £4995.



Review - Icon Audio HP8 MKII

Icon Audio HP8 MKII

Icon Audio launch the HP8 MKII Headphone amp
T he circa £650 Icon Audio HP8 MKII headphone amp is made exactly the same way as a small pure valve hi fi amplifier. The Icon Audio HP8 MKII uses a specially designed output transformer which gives perfect matching to any headphone load. The Icon Audio HP8 MKII includes a generous mains transformer with matching power supply and two special output transformers. The Icon Audio HP8 MKII a heavy 7kg, and very solidly made, gives you an idea of how much iron you get for your money!



Review - BeyerDynamic A2 Headphone Amp

BeyerDynamic A2 Headphone Amp

BeyerDynamic Launch the A 2 Headphone Amp
T he (Euros) 1490 BeyerDynamic A 2 is a premium 2 headphone , two analogue input headphone amp from BeyerDynamic. It also features a remote.



Review - McIntosh MHA100 Headphone Amplifier

McIntosh MHA100 Headphone Amplifier

McIntosh MHA100 Headphone Amplifier USB DAC integrated amp - More Info
T he McIntosh MHA100 was first seen at CES 2014. Although McIntosh describe the McIntosh MHA100 as a dedicated headphone amp , it’s also a USB DAC and 50 watt integrated amp providing a complete computer desktop audio solution. Just add speakers and or headphones.



Review - Auralic Gemini Headphone docks

Auralic Gemini Headphone docks

Auralic Gemini 2000 Headphone Dock - DAC Headphone amp and stand now available in the UK
P rice is £1890 for the Auralic Gemini 2000 Headphone Dock - DAC Headphone amp and stand.



Review - BeyerDynamic A 200 p

BeyerDynamic A 200 p

BeyerDynamic launch the A 200 p - portable DAC Headphone amp
T he (£275) BeyerDynamic A 200 p takes the digital signal from the connected player, bypassing its internal signal processing . After the DAC of the Beyerdynamic A 200 P converts the the digital data to analogue music signals, a high-quality headphone amp controls the output to the connected headphones. All of this results in a level of audio quality that was previously not possible for travelling hifi enthusiasts. Previously unheard details, better contoured and deeper bass, as well as natural instrument and vocal reproduction transform standard portable sound into a true hifi experience offering significantly improved sound on-the-go. Combined with a pair of top headphones such as the BeyerDynamic T 51 p the full potential of a mobile device can be realised.



Review - Oppo HA-1

Oppo HA-1

Oppo reveal the HA-1 Headphone amp
T he OPPO HA-1 Headphone Amplifier builds upon the success of the Oppo BDP-95 and BPD-105 audiophile universal Blu-ray Disc players.



Review - Auralic Gemini Headphone docks

Auralic Gemini Headphone docks

Auralic launch the Gemini Headphones docks
N amed after the constellation Gemini, representing the mythological "Heavely twins" Castor and Pollux, the two AURALIC GEMINI Headphone Docks include a full-format Digital Audio Converter (DAC), a Class-A headphone amplifier, an integrated SD Extended Capacity (SDXC) card reader holding up to 2 terabytes of music, and attractive headphone + cord storage.



Review - McIntosh MHA100 Headphone Amplifier

McIntosh MHA100 Headphone Amplifier

McIntosh launch the MHA100 Headphone Amplifier
T he McIntosh MHA100 Headphone Amplifier is McIntosh’s first dedicated headphone amplifier. Although many McIntosh models have headphone drive capabilities, the McIntosh MHA100 has been created to take full advantage of unique McIntosh technologies that yield the best possible listening experience when using headphones. The MHA100 features four digital inputs to allow playback of files in a wide variety of formats, while the headphone section uses McIntosh-designed and hand-wound impedance matching Autoformers to deliver full McIntosh power into any set of headphones. As a testament to the system’s flexibility and McIntosh ingenuity, the MHA100 is more compact than previous McIntosh amps, making it more desktop friendly and a perfect addition to any headphone enthusiast’s existing system. It also features a 50-watt stereo speaker output for when you want to enjoy your desktop speakers.



Review - ifi Nano iCan

ifi Nano iCan

iFi Launch the Nano iCan - portable headphone amp
T he iFi nano iCan is a palm-sized, portable battery powered headphone amplifier weighing just 167grams, but offering 70 hours of playing time.



Review - Micromega MyZic

Micromega MyZic

Micromega launch the Myzic Headphone Amp
F ollowing the successful launch of Micromega's My series with the MyDAC, the second product in the Micromega My series is launched the MyZic headphone amp.



Review - Chord MX Series TX Headphone amp

Chord MX Series TX Headphone amp

Chord launch the MX Series TX Headphone amp
C hord announce the MX Series TX Headphone amp. The TX is an advanced headphone amplifier with both balanced and RCA inputs, plus a high-quality USB input for music replay from computers etc.though the unit’s high-quality DAC.




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