Despite appearances, you don’t have to shell out a small fortune for a high performance headphone amplifier. 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. An upgrade of one of their most popular models, the Bravo V3 Headphone Amplifier uses a different 12AU7 tube and allows for three-band equalization on the front controls.
In addition to just looking cool, the open air design lets in more air flow and results in optimal cooling. Set in the middle of the device, the Electro Harmonix 6922 12AU7-style tube produces a warm sound signature that brightens up your music without blowing it out. This makes it the ideal dance partner to a darker set of headphones, like the Sennheiser HD650s. As the V3 uses 12AU7 / ECC82 standard tubes, the parts can be easily swapped out if you’re into tube rolling. For customization that doesn’t require additional components, use the three-band equalization on the front of the device to tweak the bass, mids, and treble of your output.
The V3 supports output impedances between 20 and 600 Ohms, letting you power everything from Audio-Technica ATH M50s to the Beyerdynamic DT880 600ohm Edition. Accepting both RCA and 1/8” inputs, the Bravo V3 Headphone Amplifier pairs well with a DAC and works just fine on its lonesome. If you’re ready for high performance at a low cost, it’s time to call for an encore.
All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.
Estimated ship date is May 6, 2016 PT.
After the drop ends, payment will be collected and the group’s order will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Check the discussion page for updates on your order.