Rupert Neve Designs RNHP Headphone Amp

Rupert Neve Designs RNHP Headphone Amp

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From the mind of late audio engineering legend Rupert Neve, the RNHP Headphone Amp is based on the headphone output circuit in the comprehensive 5060 Centerpiece Desktop Mixer. This dedicated 24-volt headphone amp offers reference-quality audio with a specifically calibrated +4dBu balanced line, unbalanced RCA and 3.5-millimeter inputs, and a durable VESA-mountable steel chassis Read More

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Jiaxu
9
Mar 14, 2021
Would jump on board if there were a balanced output to this.. looks intriguing for sure
Jarsy
0
Mar 13, 2021
It's so silly to pay for a TPA6120 amp - $ 400. Grandpa Neve has gradually become a victim of marketing manipulation
Jarsy
0
Mar 15, 2021
I didn’t talk about opamp. I wrote about the fact that it is ridiculous to pay $ 400 for an amplifier on the TPA6120, which by itself, without unnecessary input selectors, costs $ 5. For this money, it is better to buy any shiit. The sound will be much better! The 6120 is a very simple amplifier. Here is a picture in which I circled the amplifier itself. Everything else is unnecessary junk (3 input selector and balance-to-unbalance converters)
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jaffe
276
Mar 16, 2021
I'm confused. Does this clown think the 6120 IS the amp? You're right about the opamp guys. They wander through fttt shaking their fists at the sky screaming about cheap opamps. This one seems even slower than most. lol. This is not a new design. RND had variations of this circuit in different desktop gear and it is with slight improvement nearly identical to Neve's design in Focusrite desks from the 80's. Great sounding amps that prefer neutral headphones with medium impedance. Is it overpriced? probably, but what isn't. Is Schiit better? Not in my experience, but they do have very forgiving amps and good value.
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Kinkajou
4
Mar 13, 2021
Can we all agree that the knob feels AMAZING =P
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Foubarre
0
Mar 14, 2021
For sure the volume control has an awesome feel! How do you like the RNHP pairing with you balanced SDAC? Have you tried other DACs?
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Foubarre
0
Mar 11, 2021
I bought this amp to add to my DragonFly Red DAC. To be honest, the Neve mystique, made in USA , and industrial look I fancy were part of the decision but I also very much enjoy the improved power, dynamics, and details! The RNHP sounds "sweeter" though and I think I prefer the DFR in that regard, even if it is harsher, as percussive sounds feel more impactful. Now my DFR starts failing and I'm looking for a new DAC: <$400, desktop, balanced output, and not making the RNHP sound any sweeter, do you have any suggestion? How about the  "Grace design standard DAC balanced" ?
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cetrex
1
Mar 13, 2021
The Topping D30 Pro just came out. $400
K.T.N
1264
Mar 9, 2021
I, for one, really like the lab equipment aesthetic. It's not everbody's cup of tea, but it stands out in a sea of black boxes. Good review on Headfonics. Gives a good idea of what to expect from this amp. I'm seriously considering it.
Aech661
78
Mar 9, 2021
It’s a great amp in my opinion. havea look at the lakepeople g111 if you’re considering though. They have an overall similar sound as they’re both pretty neutral and very detailed without the harshness you can get from some overly analytical amps. I wrote a comparison on hfiguides between the two and my conclusion was this. similar signature as I noted earlier but slightly different presentations. rnhp: more focused which means not as wide as the g111 in staging but more precise imaging. Not bad soundstage but just inncomparison to the g111 slightly less. Less power and no gain switch. Depending on your headphones, it can get slightly congested sounding when a bunch of instruments or singers are going. Again, not in a bad way but just when I was AB testing them. That focused energy it has I’m sure is great for monitoring. g111: slightly wider presentation. Same detail in lower and higher frequencies but higher frequencies slightly pulled out which can really benefit separation. Not as good imaging as the rnhp but no slouch at all either. Overall you get a bit more of a sense of a speaker presentation vs rnhp. Also more power and ability to chnage the gain stage (switch is internal which is odd but set to middle by default. i think you can’t go wrong with either but I thought I’d add another, slightly higher, option for consideration. These are my current two favorite solid state amps personally.
MidnightTaco
1
Mar 12, 2021
I couldn’t agree more. I love the design and aesthetics of the device. I’ve had mine for years and it never is turned off and it’s used every day. Big fan, the sound is absolutely peachy.
RayF
22061
Mar 8, 2021
Didn’t see it listed under the Details, so I guess they toss in the UGLY for free?
RayF
22061
Mar 9, 2021
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postwarscars
1035
Mar 12, 2021
Do you know what visual critique actually is? Regardless of your perception, it's largely grounded in rational objectivity. Not saying Ray is giving rational critique, but you'd do well in the future not to dismiss intelligence on the basis of visual disagreenent. Side note: objectively, this amp is pretty awful looking.
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scottlu
172
Mar 8, 2021
just get a jds atom or thx
Aech661
78
Mar 9, 2021
Well that’s cool then. All different opinions and experience. I wish I was fortunate enough to not be able to tell a difference between all my amps. I’d have saved a ton of money lol.
scottlu
172
Mar 9, 2021
and look at this: Output power: 2700 mW, 32 ohms only the power make magic. just ignore other specs.
RonJambo
42
Mar 8, 2021
This is an old design and far outmatched by modern amps such as the THX, Topping, SMSL, etc.
verifonix
1105
Mar 8, 2021
This RNHP amp uses a very standard TPA6120A2 headphone amplifier chip though. Nothing special. Both Schiit Magnius and Topping L30/A90 use it too..
Yurym
2
Mar 8, 2021
This is a soviet design.
BenTeo
36
Mar 8, 2021
Hi anyone can tell me the point of having a balanced input but not a balanced output? Btw I got this amp direct from shop and not from DROP. Paired with denafrips Ares 2 and a monolith m1060 and briefly with the hifiman 4xx. 1060 lacking bass to my taste, prefer the 4xx considerably but overall utterly satisfied with this combi. Regarding the measurements, distortion and basically paper specs, I would highly recommend trying it yourself cause it doesn't perform as it should on paper. I was quite surprised when I 1st tried it at canjam Singapore with my 4xx, most surprising for me was that treble harshness was tame to the right amount on certain songs was once untamable and just sounded fresh in general overall. I also tried with the abyss audio Diana phi headphones and that was totally different. Pot was turned to 4pm to 5pm to get my max listening volume. But once there it's was pleasant, wouldn't say it's the best cause I felt the rnhp did drive the phi fully (no shit). But that's my experience with the rnhp. Seeing that it's similar to the same headphone amp in Rupert Neve's legendary mixers for decades, they are probably doing somthing right. I really love it. To me, a classic amp in my books. Let me know if anyone has any questions :)
mattris
1118
Mar 8, 2021
Nearly all headphone amplifiers' balanced outs - even if they aren't fully-differential - have significantly less crosstalk and about double the output power of their single-ended outs. This can be especially useful with planar magnetic headphones, which generally scale (improve) when provided greater levels of power (Watts) and current (Amps). This doesn't mean that good single-ended amplifiers can't offer sufficient power and current with low crosstalk. It's just that balanced amplifiers usually possess these characteristics by default.
Aech661
78
Mar 8, 2021
Yeah I agree entirely. I only have one amp with a balanced out which is the jotunheim, and if I’m going to use it, (sadly I only really use it for the pre-outs these days) then I use the balanced out. I don’t really pick up sound differences but since I have it I use it. Some amps that have a balanced out implement the balanced out better than the single ended as well. I just don’t really actively search out amps with balanced outs because i don’t necessarily need it. Balanced ins are more important to me. Especially being able to have longer runs. all of my single ended amps provide enough power as well so that isn’t an issue. all I was saying is that balanced headphone outs aren’t necessarily the end all be all that was being spread a few years ago. I’ve seen people discredit very good amps because they don’t have a balanced out which is crazy. A well implemented single ended out is generally fine, especially if you have a balanced signal going in. I currently have 7 amplifiers in my chain and only one has a balanced out and I’m fine with that.
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Luvly
36
Mar 8, 2021
This might be an unpopular opinion but I enjoy the RNHP far more than any of the THX amps. Alot of people say not to trust measurements too much and I can really feel that when comparing these amps. I find that the THX amps are a bit too sharp in highs and also sound a little sterile, while the RNHP offers a slightly warmer and more natural sound signature. Price to performance wise, I can see why the THX amps may be a compelling choice, but the RNHP just sounds better overall, IMO.
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Aech661
78
Mar 8, 2021
I’m with you. Head over to many forums and you’ll find it’s not an unpopular opinion at all lol.
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