A headphone amplifier recommendation, please.

KennethSwaugerKennethSwauger ModeratorPosts: 7,087
I'm working on a project to adapt a tube line level preamp to a Dolby B noise reduction unit and as part of the final testing I'd like a fairly small, reasonably priced ($100.00 to $200.00) headphone amplifier so I can listen to changes I make in the tube amplifier's negative feedback setup. It doesn't need a built in DAC (most seem to come with this) and I need RCA left/right inputs and 1/4" headphone jack (only one is necessary). Selectable headphone impedance (high/low) would be nice.
Your suggestions are welcome and appreciated.
"They thought we were too loud, but shoot, I had four army blankets folded over my amp, and the volume level was on 2. I'm used to playin' on 10!" S.R.V.

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  • msgmsg Posts: 5,749
    edited July 31
    Might have a look at the Schiit Magni 3.
    I don't think it does variable impedance, but it does offer Lo and Hi gain selection.

    They're $100 new, and not uncommon finds in the used market for $80 or so.
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  • KennethSwaugerKennethSwauger Moderator Posts: 7,087
    Thank you!
    "They thought we were too loud, but shoot, I had four army blankets folded over my amp, and the volume level was on 2. I'm used to playin' on 10!" S.R.V.
  • tonyp063tonyp063 Posts: 795
    even better.
    https://www.schiit.com/b-stocks

    $60-$90 for various Magni flavors. Full warranty
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 7,104
    Ifi?
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    I’m thinking you’ve reached the point where people are afraid to open your posts.

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  • KennethSwaugerKennethSwauger Moderator Posts: 7,087
    I've been using the Magni 3 headphone amp and except for a little issue with the volume control (the knob might be binding against the faceplate opening) it is fine. Very clear sounding and seems well balanced and I can easily hear differences in the solid state and tube output stages. Great value, certainly!
    Now it makes me think about better headphones, of course.
    "They thought we were too loud, but shoot, I had four army blankets folded over my amp, and the volume level was on 2. I'm used to playin' on 10!" S.R.V.
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