Vacuum Tube Home Headphone Amplifier Reviews

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Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 24, 2020  |  1 comments
I think Quad education is important for anyone becoming a serious lover of music playback, because learning about the contribution the company made to high-fidelity is an essential part of learning to navigate the strange waters of being an audiophile.
Grover Neville  |  Feb 14, 2020  |  1 comments
The name Manley has been legendary in audiophile and professional audio circles for many years now, and I recall my dad lusting after VTL and Manley high-powered tube gear when I was younger, not just because of its sound, but also because it was expensive. But, not so expensive that it was totally out of reach for the average Joe who saved their pennies.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 23, 2019  |  2 comments
1974 was a year that saw Happy Days debut on ABC, Richard Nixon resign, the Ali-Foreman Rumble in the Jungle fight in Zaire, and the establishment of the David Berning Company, which produced vacuum-tube amplifiers based around a unique impedance converter known as ZOTL for ‘Zero-Hysteresis Output Transformerless.’
Grover Neville  |  Aug 10, 2019  |  2 comments
Many of you will likely have heard passing reference to the MicroZOTL from a few years back when a number of hand-made semi-DIY kits got some buzz in the community.
Grover Neville  |  Aug 03, 2018  |  17 comments
I must admit, this review is a little different for me.
John Grandberg  |  Feb 28, 2017  |  11 comments
A reference-caliber headphone amp with a plethora of unique features, the iFi Pro iCan has you covered...no matter what your preferences might be.
Skylab  |  Aug 22, 2014  |  23 comments

Attention audiophiles!!! The TTVJ Apex Teton is an amp built by and for audiophiles. No compromises, exquisite parts, and looks to explode your wife's head.

Make no mistake, a true high-end headphone amp.

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.
Skylab  |  Nov 14, 2013  |  4 comments

When famed audio designer Jim Fosgate first announced that he was going to be making a tube headphone amp, I was definitely interested, especially when I saw the first pictures of it—it's a beautiful product. For a variety of reasons, it took quite a while for me to actually hear one, which was at a Chicago headphone meet—and on that cursory listen I thought it sounded good. So finally, a review unit arrived for me to really put through the paces.

Skylab  |  Feb 13, 2013  |  1 comments
Skylab takes a listen to Cary Audio's first dedicated headphone amplifier, a hybrid 6DJ8/6922 gain stage with MOSFET output at a cool $1599. Sounds good already, doesn't it?
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.

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  |  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?

Skylab  |  Apr 07, 2014  |  8 comments

I always wonder what will come out of review amps once I fire them up and first listen. I always run the amp in for 10-12 hours after getting it without playing the amp at all, and then I let them warm up for an hour on the day of first listening before I strap the cans to my head. And then I eagerly press play and let the music flow. And in the case of the Elekit, flow it did indeed, and in a very pleasing way.

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