Headphone Amplifiers

by Gabby Bloch ·Posted
What is a DAC? If you’ve dipped your toes into the audiophile world, you’ve probably seen the term, “DAC” referenced in countless articles and online forums. Why? In short, a DAC can make your music sound better. But what is a DAC, and how does it work? Simply put, DAC stands for “digital to audio converter.” You may be surprised to discover that you already use DACs all the time. For example, your phone has a DAC, as does your computer or any other digital device that emits sound. DACs are necessary because our ears can’t read digits. Rather
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted
For audiophiles and sonic purists who have moved their music collection into the digital realm, B&H is pleased to announce the DacMagic 200M, Cambridge Audio’s first product to support MQA studio-quality streaming. This flagship desktop DAC and headphone amp was purpose-built to handle an array of digital sources from CDs and computer files to wireless playback deftly via Bluetooth with pristine clarity and superb precision,
by Rich R ·Posted
iFi AUDIO recently released some new accessories to help clean up your audio signals. The S/PDIF iPurifier2 has optical and gold-plated digital coaxial inputs and outputs and supports 44.1 to 192 kHz, 16- to 24-bit audio. It uses technology like AMR’s Global Master Timing (GMT)/Memory Buffer System to reduce digital signal jitter, and Reclock and Regenerate technologies to add further strength and fidelity to the signal
by Andrew Eisele ·Posted
For 30+ years, ULTRASONE has been specializing in high-end audiophile, studio, DJ, and music enthusiast headphones. The company’s stated objective is to manufacture advanced headphones with an emphasis on the professional audio sector, while utilizing sustainable materials. All high-end headphones are meticulously handcrafted in Germany. For a complete list of ULTRASONE products, click here.
by jaime traba ·Posted
In the time I’ve been at B&H, I’ve been lucky enough to review many types of earphones from different manufacturers. Growing from my experience in Pro Audio, earphones are a bit of a passion of mine, because they are the crossroads between my love for audio and my love for consumer tech, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Shure’s new KSE1200 Electrostatic Earphones. The KSE1200s are essentially the same earphones
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted
So, you love listening to music through headphones, but degraded audio quality turns your love into a deep sigh of disappointment. Admit it, you're one of those people... you're an audiophile. You've invested a sliver of your better self into headphones that by all specifications and indications should have filled that sound-shaped hole in your soul. Yet, something's missing and your ears can't deny it. What is it? Maybe it's that thing that feeds the headphones, drives them, and pushes them to perform. I'm talking about the headphone amp. A
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted
If you’re looking for a reference-grade AD/DA converter with a built-in headphone amp—one that takes up relatively little space and gives you I/O suitable for both pro audio and hi-fi environments—you’d be hard pressed to find a better bang for the buck than the RME ADI-2 Pro Reference AD/DA Converter with Extreme Power Headphone Amplifiers. Talking connection points, this unit provides XLR and 1/4" analog I/O and optical ports for S/
by Andrew Eisele ·Posted
Well suited for professional audio engineers, musicians, and the discerning audiophile, the Rupert Neve Designs RNHP Precision Headphone Amplifier is designed to deliver extremely reliable amplification to any pair of headphones. Based on the headphone amplifier from the model 5060 Centerpiece,
by jaime traba ·Posted
Though digital audio is far from a new technology, on the consumer front, there can be quite a bit to be desired when it comes to sonic quality. While above CD-quality files are becoming more and more readily available, many people still prefer the lower-quality lossy MP3 format for the convenience of its small file size. While the Hi-Fi and audiophile crowd continues to grow both in passion and numbers, gone are the days when everyone has a large home system with booming speakers for listening to their music or watching their movies. Today,