Little (Premium Module) Headphone Amplifier
Audiophiles spend a substantial amount of time and money optimizing their audio system. Whether it's their electronics, speakers, cables or even alterations to their listening environment, their quest for the best possible sonic experience is usually costly. A less expensive, yet very satisfying listening experience is a good set of headphones along with a high quality headphone amplifier connected to a high-end playback source. One company that has been dedicated to providing the audiophile community with a variety of headphone products is Headroom located in Bozeman, Montana. They've been around for quite some time and have refined their product line. Products range from the affordable HeadRoom AirHead ($119) to the more esoteric headphone amplifiers costing thousands of dollars. We were given the opportunity to review their Little (Premium Module) headphone amplifier system priced at $479, which is a step up from their least expensive headphone amplifier product.
Few products focus much on the headphone electronics and some choose not to include any at all. HeadRoom's Little is a low-cost entry-level home headphone amplifier that takes the place of an existing headphone jack or provides one for products that lack one. Headroom also offers upgrade options to the power supply and the electronics to achieve a higher level of performance.
We started out listening to some of our favorite SACDs and DVD-Audio discs. It was amazing to hear all the detail we missed with our conventional loudspeakers. Very subtle sounds are revealed with the Little and Sennheiser HD-600 headphones. One example of this was with a poorly recorded soundtrack CD I bought a while back. The recording engineer must have gone to sleep because there was some subtle digital clipping with the A/D converters during high recording levels which became very apparent with this headphone system. It was difficult to hear it otherwise, but the Little and HD-600 headphone setup made it quite apparent. Conversely, quality recordings came alive with this setup, revealing detail missed with the vast majority of consumer headphone electronics I've heard. We also connected the Little to our PC sound card lineouts and soon found out just how bad the audio DACs were in these low cost PC products. We could distinctly hear the synthesized highs in the cheap sound card. I would recommend using this setup to evaluate any front-end electronics you plan to buy. You'll be impressed with the detail you might have otherwise missed during the evaluation of a component.
It's refreshing to
see a product that truly offers a substantial improvement in audio quality
for the dollar. If you're not looking to spend a whole lot of hard-earned
cash on your audio setup and want the best your money can buy in a headphone
system, listen to the Little with the premium module. You'll be
amazed at what you've been missing.
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