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The Audio Guild EMAC 535SE Headphone Amp

The Audio Guild EMAC 535SE Headphone Amp

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Product Description
A new solid-state headphone amp from The Audio Guild, the EMAC 535SE is drawing rave reviews from those who have listened to sample units at Head-Fi meets—some are even declaring it the best headphone amp they’ve ever heard. It aims to achieve the warmth and detail of a classic SET tube amplifier, but without the heat of vacuum tube amps or the need to replace tubes Read More

Retro-Inspired Headphone Amp, Made in the USA

A new solid-state headphone amp from The Audio Guild, the EMAC 535SE is drawing rave reviews from those who have listened to sample units at Head-Fi meets—some are even declaring it the best headphone amp they’ve ever heard. It aims to achieve the warmth and detail of a classic SET tube amplifier, but without the heat of vacuum tube amps or the need to replace tubes. The studio-grade input transformers provide ultra-quiet, low-distortion signal amplification, along with ground isolation and high common mode rejection. Meanwhile, the unique single-ended JFET/bipolar output stage delivers a low-impedance, high-current output. It’s all wrapped in a solid wood case with an engraved Traffolyte front panel and genuine Daka-Ware bakelite knobs—a vintage industrial design inspired by classic radios of the 1920s.

Learn more about the sound, design, and development process in The Audio Guild Journal and this Headfonics review.

Note: At checkout, you’ll have your choice between 110V and 240V. This drop is limited to 50 units.

The Audio Guild EMAC 535SE Headphone Amp
The Audio Guild EMAC 535SE Headphone Amp
The Audio Guild EMAC 535SE Headphone Amp

Specs

  • The Audio Guild
  • Exclusive passive/active hybrid amplifier circuit
  • Studio-grade input transformers
  • Unique single-ended JFET/bipolar output stage
  • Zero global feedback
  • Gain: 14 dB
  • Maximum output: 14 volts peak/250 mA
  • Power (peak): 2W/32 ohm, 3.12W/50 ohm, 1.96W/100 ohm, 0.65W/300 ohm, 0.33W/600 ohm
  • Output impedance: 1 ohm
  • THD+N: 0.05%
  • 3 inputs, preamplifier output
  • Telecom-grade headphone jack with integral switching of preamplifier output
  • Solid wood case
  • Engraved Traffolyte front panel
  • Genuine Daka-Ware bakelite knobs
  • Dimensions: 14 x 7 x 7.75 in (36 x 18 x 20 cm)
  • Made in the USA

Shipping

Estimated ship date is July 3, 2017 PT.

Payment will be collected at checkout. After this product run ends, orders will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all orders final.

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Steve Eddy, who designed this, formerly of Q-Audio Cables on Head-Fi, designed a horrible, senseless, transformer-based circuit here in his EMAC amp. Garbage. Steve assembled my Bellatone Audio Beta Twenty Two and Sigma Twenty Two (main amp and power supply boards designed by Ti Kan of AMB Labs, the best headphone amp and power supply in the world that you can buy or build as a 2, 3, or 4-channel balanced common mode noise rejection like mine, or even a stupidly foolish 6-channel) which was a cost no object, luxury, custom PCB upgraded, full speaker amp-size dual chassis with 1000W dissipating heatsinks on all 4 sides, custom designed front and back 5/8” thick T-6061 anodized aluminum with laser bleached graphics and nickel-plated end caps and matching volume remote which controls the DACT stepped attenuator. He had my supplies for a heavily stressful 18 months of which he said he was working on it, only to find at the end he did nothing for 9 months, then spent 1 week on it, nothing for another 8 months, and spent 2 more weeks finishing it. So if you want reliable, this is not the company to deliver. (See all my amp and system photos below under replies.) Oh yeah, not amp related but important: he also created a fake Obama birth certificate (to try to prove the idiots who think Obama wasn’t born here are wrong, and they are all absurdly wrong) and mailed it to Tali Orlit and it became one of the 3 main fake birth certificates discussed throughout the world. Let the FBI ask me. I might still have his pictures to prove it somewhere on my old PC or in a photo library. Stay AWAY!!! Steve, if you find this, e-mail me. I’d love to see what you’re up to these days (seriously, no joke), if you’re not in federal prison. I hope you still have my email after all these years.