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Skylab  |  Dec 10, 2012  |  11 comments

The MP-301 Mk 3 is a very good sounding amplifier for the money. It wears its tube topology on its sleeve, both physically and sonically. Love it for that, or pass. But if you think it's a good thing, then you get a LOT of product for your $300 here.

John Grandberg  |  Oct 25, 2012  |  17 comments

Electrostatic headphones. Just mentioning to term conjures thoughts of supremely expensive systems and frustratingly confusing naming conventions. Example: the Stax SRS-4170 system is comprised of the SR-407 headphones and the SRM-006tS amplifier. But the official name is "earspeaker" instead of headphones, and "driver unit" rather than amplifier. And at $2,000 this is merely a mid-range system, with the top models selling for significantly higher prices.

Woo Audio aims to help make 'stats more accessible with their WEE transformer box. Read on to find out why this thing might just be your ticket to electrostatic goodness at a reasonable price.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Sep 18, 2012  |  31 comments

One of the very first things I did when I started InnerFidelity was call Doc B. (Dan Schmalle) at Bottlehead to get a little Crack. No, not the white stuff...the dandy little OTL headphone amp DIY kit. I wanted it for my measurement program, which was slow in coming, so it took a while to get around to building it.

Ah! The sweet smell of solder!

n_maher  |  Mar 19, 2012  |  11 comments

There's a place on the web like a bar on a back street, dimly lit and cozy, where the hard-core headphone geeks hang out. There, where it really counts, this amp is getting a lot of praise. Doug (this amp's maker), Nate (who wrote this article), myself, and a number of others are regulars there, and talk of serious stuff, like bourbon and bacon ... and amps like this.

Consider yourself very fortunate that Nate's words in a review like this get to see the light of day. Very. Good. Stuff.

Ryan Clarin  |  Jan 03, 2012  |  16 comments
A happy buzz in the headphone world prompted InnerFidelity headphone amp reviewer Ryan Clarin to request an Apex Hi-Fi Audio Peak and Volcano from Todd the Vinyl Junkie for review.

Let's see if he got a happy buzz, too.

Steve Guttenberg  |  Sep 19, 2011  |  8 comments
Photo Credit: Steve Guttenberg

You can't listen to a headphone without plugging it into an amplifier of some kind: an iPod, portable device or a maxed out home amp. It's really the combination of the two we hear, so when we talk about the "sound" of a headphone, it's more about the sound of a headphone/amp system.

Lets get started.

Ryan Clarin  |  Jun 14, 2011  |  6 comments

I am no stranger to Eddie Current – having owned numerous Craig Uthus creations throughout my headphone amp journey allows me the experience to say that no other manufacturer still in the business has been as consistent a home-run hitter in the tube amp department. Eddie Current has produced numerous tube amps that not only consistently sound good, but push the design envelope significantly over their peers while keeping cost within human reach.

Let's have a look, shall we?

Wes Phillips  |  Nov 12, 2008  |  3 comments
You know me. I'm not perzackly an audio slut, but I am easy. When Audio Advisor's Wayne Schuurman called me to pitch the Vincent KHV-1pre tube-transistor headphone amplifier, he pretty much had me at "tube" and "headphone." But I wasn't familiar with Vincent Audio.

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