ampsandsound Kenzie Headphone Amp
ampsandsound Kenzie Headphone Amp

Retro Design & Sonic Goodness

Built by hand in Southern California and based on the well-regarded Darling circuit, the ampsandsound Kenzie headphone amp is as pleasant to listen to as it is beautiful to look at. The custom-wound ultra-high-quality output transformers deliver an extended frequency range, while the 1626 single-ended tubes bring layers of texture and soundstage depth. A robust World War II-era tube once used as a transmitter tube in radar installations, the 1626 offers a transparent, natural sound with just the right amount of warmth and sweetness.

ampsandsound Kenzie Headphone Amp
ampsandsound Kenzie Headphone Amp
ampsandsound Kenzie Headphone Amp
ampsandsound Kenzie Headphone Amp

Versatile Functionality

Solidly built inside and out, the Kenzie features a retro-inspired wood finish to match its vintage tubes. Two separate headphone outputs cater to high and low impedances (300-plus ohms and 32 to 300 ohms, respectively), and allow the amp to drive a wide range of headphones—the Sennheiser HD800, the Audeze LCD-2.2F, the Grado Labs SR60, you name it. A pair of unbalanced RCA inputs connect to your DAC, CD player, or music source of choice, while the ALPS pot offers a silky-smooth volume adjustment.

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ampsandsound Kenzie Headphone Amp
ampsandsound Kenzie Headphone Amp

Specs

  • ampsandsound
  • Input tube: 12SL7 or equivalent
  • Output tubes: 1626 or VT-137
  • ALPS volume pot
  • Input impedance: 10 kohm with alps pot, .5 V for full power
  • Noise: 500 µV RMS with pot fully counterclockwise
  • 100 mW 20 Hz (-1 dB) to 17.7 kHz (-3 dB)
  • 150 mW 20 Hz (-1 dB) to 14.8 kHz (-3 dB)
  • 200 mW 20 Hz (-1.25 dB) to 16.7 kHz (-3 dB)
  • Recommended headphone impedance (32 ohm ¼ in jack): 32 – 300 ohm
  • Recommended headphone impedance (600 ohm ¼ in jack): > 300 ohm
  • Made in California

Shipping

All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.

Estimated ship date is Aug 22, 2016 PT.

After the drop ends, payment will be collected. To deliver the best value to the group the request will then be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Be sure to check the discussion page for updates.