Hey guys, after nearly a year of designing and refining, I have created a headphone amplifier/preamplifier that I would be proud to sell as an audiophile quality unit. I would like to hear some input/feedback from everybody on what they would consider/look for when buying an audio product, especially if it was from a brand new start-up company.
Here is my "advertisement" so far:
Hybrid Electron-Tube/MOSFET headphone amplifier/preamp
Designed with the ideology that simpler is better, especially when it comes to the audio signal path, this amp is carefully assembled using quasi-point-to-point construction using only the highest quality, well respected audio grade components.
Oversized Nichicon Muse series capacitors, tight tolerance Kiwame 2 Watt carbon film resistors, and a heavily filtered regulated power supply section that can only be described as “overkill”, all contribute to an exceptionally quiet amplifier, with smooth rich tube mid-range, tight, deep bass, and clean clear highs. Low voltage tube input section provides sought-after “tube sound” while reducing complexity, cost, and potential hazards versus conventional high-voltage tube designs, as well as reducing susceptibility to electromagnetic and radio frequency interference. Audio grade MOSFETs easily provide enough current to drive almost all modern and vintage headphones.
High input impedance allows the amp to be easily driven from any device, including cd players, portable radios, iPods/iPhones, and all other mp3/mp4 players, as well as laptop and desktop computers
Sufficient gain to drive even the most power-hungry headphone designs through the full range of human hearing- and then some
Output impedance supports loads from 4-300+ ohms. (Virtually all modern headphones are 16-128 ohms)
Overbuilt power supply section provides over three times the necessary power to the amplifier, meaning sharper transients, deeper, stronger bass hits, and plenty of juice for even the most demanding dynamic songs
Heavy shielding, “overkill” power filtering, and high quality construction techniques result in a very quiet amplifier, with almost no audible background noise. No hiss, no hum, no buzz, only your music
Close tolerance components ensure that not only are components their exact intended value, but that both channels are identical in their reproduction. This results in a clear, accurate stereo image directly centered in your head, with no imbalances or sonic differences
Dual-mono amplifier design ensures an absolute minimum of crosstalk and cross-feed distortion, and provides a solid, concise stereo image
A variety of options concerning sound quality and customization ensures your amplifier is personalized to you. Like your music bright and forward? Or dark and relaxed? Do you want reference, studio quality sound? Or big wide-open, laid-back coloration? My build process will let you choose your components based on their characteristic sound qualities, so you get exactly what you want from your listening experience
I plan on offering a number of options such as input and output cap selection, resistor type options, tube options, and a number of cosmetic customization options such as indicator led colors, foot choice, and finish.
Please give some feedback/ideas on how I can get in to this market!
Or let me know if you want one... ;)