Graham Slee Novo Discrete Headphone Amplifier
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Graham Slee Novo Discrete Headphone Amplifier

£233.33 Exc. VAT |  






Graham Slee Novo Discrete Headphone Amplifier 

The Novo inline headphone amplifier is what it says – it can be put inline between your source and amp, between your preamp and amp, or between your tape machine and tape input, thus enabling you to listen to your music on headphones as well.

It's also won What Hi-Fi's prestigious best headphone amplifier award for three years in a row so you know it's going to sound good.

It's also what's called discrete, which means it's made from individual transistors and that's usually considered high-end. It does contribute to the great sound of the Novo, yet the Novo is a budget headphone amp.


Inline: sometimes called "chained" or "daisy-chained" - it has two pairs of phono sockets cross-joined so what you put in goes out to your other equipment, whilst the Novo also takes its signal from that point. The Novo input impedance is high meaning it won't load the signal.

No Dangerous DC on the Headphone Output Prevents Headphone Damage: it only takes a small amount of DC offset to heat up the windings of headphone transducers. That heat softens the adhesive which keeps the "voice-coils" in place, and eventually your headphones don't perform all that well. All our headphone amplifiers block DC offset from reaching your headphones.

Headphone Sensitivity Volume Control: unlike conventional volume controls, this one is designed to be used over its full rotation to compensate for a wide range of headphone impedances and sensitivities. This avoids the use of gain switches which would otherwise result in differing performance characteristics depending on the gain setting.

The Novo headphone amplifier is supplied as standard with a silent running energy efficient power supply complying with world carbon reduction targets.



- Dimensions: L. 10.5 W. 10.5 H. 5 (cm) approx. excluding controls and connectors

- Output: 150mW rms into 32 Ohms, 40mW rms into 600 Ohms (both channels fully driven - 0.05% THD)

- Frequency Response (worst case): 43Hz to 16kHz (-1dB), 22Hz to 30kHz (-3dB) (volume control at 3 o'clock position)

- Channel Balance: 0.5dB typical

- Hum & Noise: -80dB CCIR Q-pk 20Hz-20kHz (into 30 Ohms)

- Stereo Crosstalk: -64dB typical

- Distortion (THD+Noise): 0.02% at 1 kHz into 30 Ohms, and 12 o'clock volume control position.




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