Headphone amplifiers are very important if you want great sound from your headphones. In fact it's seldom realized that a good headphone amplifier can be more important then the quality of the headphones themselves. The familiar phrase "rubbish in rubbish out" is the reason behind this. The signal source for your headphones is often at a relatively low level, musical information is easily lost or distorted at this level which is why you need a high quality headphone amplifier.
The selection below are safe choices from manufacturers who have specialized in this field to guarantee the results you are looking for.
- GSP Audio - Voyager Portable Headphone Amplifier
The shirt pocket sized Voyager portable headphone amp makes music on the move a whole new experience...The Voyager portable is the ideal partner for your portable music devices whos headphone outputs are often limited in performance because battery power is being used for their other functions.£195.00
- Novo Discrete - Headphone amplifier - GSP Audio
The Novo is truly inspired! Winning What Hi-Fi's prestigious best headphone amplifier award for three years in a row it has to be special. Discrete means it's made from individual transistors and that's considered high-end, but the Novo is a budget headphone amp... surprising!£280.00
- Bitzie USB DAC/USB Headphone Amp - GSP Audio
"It turns a computer into a top notch hi-fi source!"
The Bitzie USB DAC is all about the music and just how good it makes digital audio sound.
"I wasn’t so much listening as fully immersed. There’s a great sense of space and depth and it’s difficult to turn the thing off and go to bed. The Bitzie is bags of fun, but watch for bags under the eyes." [Lauri Cular]
That just about sums up what everybody finds with the Bitzie USB DAC.£350.00
- Solo SRGII Stereo Headphone Amplifier - GSP Audio
The Solo stereo headphone amplifier started life in 2001, has seen a decade of continuous improvement and on its way What Hi-Fi? gave it five stars, warning customers to "be prepared to buy it there and then" if they dared to audition it.£405.00
- Solo Ultra-Linear Diamond Edition - Headphone amplifier - GSP AudioA headphone amplifier that is truly capable of making good headphone deliver a lifelike, dynamic and breathtaking performance with a real out of head three-dimensional stereo sound stage. The new Solo Ultra-Linear Diamond Edition - our flagship headphone amplifier - gives you the sound you always wanted from a headphone!£670.00
- Sugden Masterclass HA-4 Headphone Amplifier
The Masterclass HA-4 headphone amplifier is a pure Class A design, developed to extend the boundaries of 'near field listening' to a new level of musical performance. It has the ability to recreate all types of music in dynamic, detailed, transparent and harmonic performance, with every nuance retained. Euphonic performance which will enthuse and encourage the listener to enjoy " Simply More Music".
The HA-4 is housed in a most attractive composite metal case of Aluminium and Steel, with Anodised and Powder Coated surfaces that exude quality. The HA-4 is equipped with: two inputs, two outputs, and a manual volume control.£1,815.00