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HiFiMAN Goldenwave PRELUDE | Desktop Class A Headphone Amp

Regular price$2,499.00

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HiFiMAN's PRELUDE Reference Desktop Amp Sets the Standard for Music Lovers Seeking Full Range Sonics

  • Fully balanced Class A headphone amplifier
  • Single-ended Balanced conversion
  • ALPS Potentiometer ensures complete and accurate channel balance
  • 4.4mm Balanced out, XLR Balanced in + out, RCA in + out, and 6.3mm out

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Full Balanced Class A Headphone Amplifier
With MOS-FET high current output, PRELUDE's fully discrete architecture features a precise, single-ended balance conversion circuit that renders the single-ended RCA input balanced fully balanced.

The input stage employs a fully balanced amplifier architecture, with precise, single-ended/balanced conversion. The pre-amplifier circuit is independent, adopting a class A output structure, with excellent power and natural timbre.

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ALPS Potentiometer
The potentiometer ensures complete and accurate channel balance.

Clean Power
A customized high-power, low-noise toroidal transformer, with multi-channel high-speed low-noise voltage regulator circuit, supplies power for the headphone amplifier and a fully balanced headphone protection circuit.

Aluminum Chassis
The housing is manufactured from a single piece of aluminum which helps isolate harmful resonance that negatively affects sonic output.

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  • Dimensions: 13" x 2.2" x 10.2"
  • Weight: 14.3 lbs
  • Outputs
    • 4.4mm Balanced
    • XLR 4-pin Balanced
    • Combo Dual (L/R) XLR 3-pin / 6.3mm
    • (Pre-Amp) L/R XLR 3-pin Balanced
    • (Pre-Amp) L/R RCA
  • Rear Inputs: L/R RCA, L/R XLR 3-pin Balanced
  • Frequency Response: 20-50KHz
  • SNR: -113dB @1KHz
  • Power Output: (0.1% @1KHz BAL) 10W @32Ω, 6W @64Ω, 2.5W @150Ω, 1W @300Ω, 560mW @600Ω
  • Total Power Consumption: < 50W
  • THD+N: 0.0009% low gain @1KHz
  • HiFiMAN PRELUDE User Manual
  • HiFiMAN 1 Year Warranty

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Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Neal Blanchard
An iron fist in a velvet glove

I purchased this specifically to drive my Hifiman Susvaras. It is a beast when it comes to power. Even on low gain, it drives the Susvara's effortlessly. The big surprise was its abilities as a preamp. I tend toward analytical sound and equipment that produces it and I found this to be a good non-tube option for bringing in some warmth. I also used this to drive the RAAL interface box for RAAL Requisite SR1a and it works beautifully. At $2.5k it is a true bargain for me. It's winter so the heat generated is not an issue but if heat generation is an issue then look elsewhere.

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