The Arcam rHead is a discrete true linear Class A design analogue headphone amplifier. The rHead is a small, solid and beautifully built headphone amp designed to complement the audio system of any headphone lover.
A pure Class A design delivers absolutely no crossover distortion for the purest sound. Extensive care has been taken by the ARCAM design team to optimise the PCB layout. Multiple, ultra-low noise power supplies as well as a fully direct coupled signal path make for the highest possible performance. The Arcam rHead Headphone Amplifier volume control is an ultra-linear analogue resistive ladder device, as used in the flagship A49 Class G integrated amplifier.
Comprehensive protection systems prevent damage to the rHead while not interfering in any way with the ultimate reproduction of the sound - the rHead sounds amazingly natural and completely engaging and reveals the true character of any music that is played through it.
The rHead is more than capable of driving the most demanding of headphones. Both RCA and XLR inputs (switchable) are available, as well as both 3.5 and 6.35mm sockets, allowing for ultimate headphone listening flexibility.
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John Grandberg put the rHead on InnerFidelity's Wall of Fame. The Master Switch listed it as one of the best headphone amps of 2018 while stating, "we’re going to go on record and say that this might be one of the best solid state amps we’ve heard."Well, these guys have heard more than their fair share of audio equipment, and I just happened to be on the market for a new signal chain for my Sundara. After the disappointing pairing between the Massdrop CTH and the Sundara, I have been on the lookout for a great class A solid state amp, and despite this amp being not well marketed on my freedom and fast food side of the pond, I felt it was a no brainer to pull the trigger on the Arcam rHead.It arrived today all the way from the Queen herself. What are my impressions? Well, as I told a friend:"The rHead is seriously good. I can't quite put my finger on it. There's this naturalness, smoothness, creaminess, and startling listenability with its sound. It sounds really good, but I can't yet figure out why. Two things immediately jump out: the borderline glare that I'm so accustomed to hearing with the Sundara on some recordings is completely gone. Just utterly vanished. The other thing is that the bass isn't as pronounced, but I can't say that it's diminished either. I think it's just more taunt and less boomy?I'm very pleased so far. This is exactly the sort of amp I was looking for with my Sundara. Class A, discrete, perfect analog potentiometer, all designed by Cambridge-trained engineer and Arcam cofounder John Dawson. I might write up something more detailed after I've wrangled further with what this is I'm hearing."Or, more likely, I'm just going back to listening.In my opinion, for this level of engineering and sound quality, it's an absolute steal. My Sundara has never sounded so good.
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Clean looking and solid feel. Enough power to drive my 250Ω Beyerdynamic (ear-deafening levels, caution!). On/Off switch is a huge plus including the standby option. Neutral sound with a slight hint of warmth. Overall a musical presentation and pairs well with AKM DACs (although that is completely subjective). For the price? Great product, couldn't be happier. Thanks Arcam and Analogue Seduction!
A nice little dedicated headphone amp for a great price. I’m very happy with it.
Nothing to complain about on this price.Balanced but charming sound.Powerful enough to get AKG K701 work well.
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