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Bravo V2 Headphone Amplifier

Bravo V2 Headphone Amplifier

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Product Description
Producers of some of the most affordable tube amps around, Bravo Audio packs an absurd amount of power into their products for the price tags. One of their most popular models, the Bravo V2 Headphone Amplifier, features open air design and a high-quality tube, making for exquisite sound Read More

Customer Reviews

(69 reviews)
90% would recommend to a friend
Nov 2, 2023
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Good sound but terrible reliability
It sounds good for its price, but within a year it's started producing incredibly loud glitching sounds every hour or so that makes it unusable while its glitching out.
Recommends this product? No
Apr 30, 2023
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Looking for something new?
Was curious what tubes had to offer but was absolutely not $200 curious. Got these for $35 on sale, and for that price it's worth it. They're great fun! I'd describe it as a very warm EQ, sort of. Seems to do a great job removing harshness and brightness from audio, which pairs very nicely with certain headphones. Oddly though, seem to ruin the Fostex TH 610 signature, which I find very strange.
Recommends this product? Yes
Apr 12, 2023
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A decent cheap little amp.
It's okay, especially for the price. I don't know if it's my first recommendation for an entry-level amp, but it's not a bad pick, especially if you need something tiny. The layout is a bit odd, but it is what it is, I guess.
Recommends this product? Yes
Mar 6, 2023
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Very good at what it does, I have line going for an older creative g5 DAC
Not much to dislike with this one, it can sound a little wonky on some devices but I suspect it's because they aren't intended to go through a tube amp. Has some benefits and drawbacks compared with two the dual tube amps I use (matched pairs of tubes)
Recommends this product? Yes
Feb 23, 2023
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Cheap entry to tube amps
Honestly the biggest issue (and why I have it 4 stars) is the layout. Power switch is on the back, input lines on the side, outputs and volume on the front. This is a classic case of form over function. They were so worried about a small footprint they didn't consider the headaches this design causes. I'd still recommend as a cheap tube option if folks are curious but consider the layout and how you might need to set things up.
Recommends this product? Yes
Jan 18, 2023
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Delivers the tubey sound
When they say this is a good budget amp, they mean it. I use it as a preamplifier to a monolith liquid spark and it works great to deliver the nice tubey sound. I will say, beware using this with super sensitive headphones, because there's a weird clicking noise I get that pans between stereo channels with some lower impedance cans I've used. I settled on my R70X as a daily driver with this product and I can't find any flaws with that setup!
Recommends this product? Yes
Dec 27, 2022
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Great sound but capable of interference.
The sound is nice and warm in a small package. My only issue is that I was noticing a little bit of noise and when I maxed out my volume I was hearing a local radio station. I moved it and it seemed to help. Great for the price.
Recommends this product? Yes
Dec 18, 2022
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Hard to go wrong at $36
It’s a surprisingly capable amp for only $36. I haven’t tested it with everything I have yet, but it powered my Focal Elegia easily. Have no complaints about about the sound or build, my tube was good out of the box, no audible noise or anything. A small word of caution, the heat sinks on the side get fairly hot (which is their job) so keep it away from anything that would be a problem for. I have only one complaint which is that the gain used is 30(!) dB which is quite high meaning that on less hard to drive headphones I have to turn down my source volume (25/100 on my SMSL SU-8S) to be able to use much of the volume pot above 9 o’clock.
Recommends this product? Yes
Dec 15, 2022
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Great sound + value
With the assistance of my Drop-points I got the Bravo for just $36, and for that price, it's a great value. I used my Bravo V2 with on-ear and over-ear headphones from AKG, Sennheiser, NAD, V-Moda, and HIFIMAN. As a source I used the audio out from a classic iPod, and also a legitimate 2V line-out from a Sony HD-Radio tuner. The Bravo was able to drive my collection of headphones with plenty of power to spare. I'd describe the sound as full-range with a perceptible midrange lift. As I increased the Bravo's volume, the distortion level seemed to become more obvious. That point fell within the volume range in which I'd expect to use the amplifier, so I had to back off on the volume a bit. As a tech person I know I'm supposed to love the open case and brightly illuminated tube, but I find the former a safety hazard, and I've been dinged on the latter by my spouse (caution, for nightstand use, ymmv!). Having cables on three sides of the unit is not a plus. Overall, if you're looking for an inexpensive headphone amp with high output and decent sound, the Bravo is a great buy. If the product's aesthetics bother you, then I can also recommend the line of small DAC/amps from iFi.
Recommends this product? Yes
Dec 12, 2022
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The Little Tube Amp That Really Could!
First, there’s a ton of power. I’m sure you’ll get that from the other reviews. I don’t know if it would power anything like Susvaras adequately, but for $36 it’s definitely worth a try. I don’t have hard to drive headphones, but I can lower the DAC volume sufficiently so that I can have a little play on the volume I ran the Bravo Audio V2 (hence forth the V2) with the best equipment that I had on hand. This included the Gustard U18 and SMSL M400 using an I2S cable then into the V2 and finally my LCD-XC 2021 version. This is fed from my Silver Audio power conditioner. Also I didn’t use the supplied power brick that came with the V2. Instead, I used the one that came with my somewhat broken Burson Audio Conductor 3 Wow. This combo seemingly had more detail than my current SMSL SP400 amp. It was certainly brighter and it had that nice holographic tube magic that well, tubes are known for. Separation wasn’t up to the SP400, but it wasn’t that far off. Soundstage was about the same between the two amps Impact and slam were excellent on the V2 when I listened to Peter Gabriel’s “No Self Control” on the Melting album. Phil Collin’s drums came through fantastically around the 1:35 minute mark I know using equipment and cables that out priced the V2 by a factor of 300 (my math may be off, but it’s quite a lot more than the $36 on Drop) however, I wanted to give the V2 every possibility to shine and shine it did
Recommends this product? Yes
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