HeadRoom The Little Headphone Amplifiers

4.17/5 (6 Reviews) MSRP : $249.00


Product Description

A headphone amp.


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Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by F3 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 25, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Sorry to disturb the positive spheres some reviewers are in. I just want to say that I had an unpleasant experience with headroom when returning a product. I heard rumours of headroom staff not answering emails before. Well this happened to me to. After returning a product from the Netherlands I have in vain tried to contact the company. Emails are not answered and a confirmation of the return seems beyond their understanding. It is hard to imagine that a reasonable letter to the manager and president of the company is left unanswered. But that is a fact. So do not overly be impressed by their smooth return policy as stated on the internet or a number of positive reviews. Their consumer friendly attitude has a very short span. Very well possible ofcourse that another person has another experience. But mine is a fact to.

I will inform you when I see some of my original investment of $500 back.

Vincent van Romondt

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Purchased At:   headroom



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Timo a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: July 12, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I've been using the Little with Grado SR-60's now for close to a year and I have to say that there is no way I would purchase any other brand of headphone amp that did not use the Headroom crossfeed processor circuit. I can understand how some people may find the effect "subtle" but I can't live without it now. It really does what they say it does.

It's difficult for me to describe how profound the "subtle" difference is. With the processor the sound stage is more unified.

The best way I can describe it is that without the processor it seems like certain elements of the music mix sound like they are pointed straight at the side of your head like they are on either side of you instead of all in front of you on a stage.

Listening for a while with the processor then switching it off and to me it sounds like a pair of out of phase speakers.

I think perhaps the reason that some people don't notice the effect is that it varies depending on the type of music.

The two(why 2?)power LEDs are so bright and distracting that I covered them with a chunk of modeling clay. Every once in a while it falls off and I have to get my welding goggles out.

Personally the crossfeed processor circuit is worth the price of admission.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $249.00

Purchased At:   direct



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dan a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2001

Bottom Line:   
While comparing both the Creek and Headroom units (using Sennheiser HD 600 headphones), I had an extremely difficult time discerning any real difference between them. Ultimately, it came down to my personal preference--wanting to feel "closer" to the musicians. The Creek, in this respect, won the battle; the Little, however, may work better for another person in a different situation, especially since one can upgrade it at a later time. The Little did reveal slightly more subtle aspects of the music, but ultimately lacked the presense and punch to suit my musical needs.

The relativity of my review only prooves one thing: you must audition each amp--in your particular setup--to gain any TRUE understanding of how it will sound with respect to your own "good" and "bad" labels.

In any event, each amp revealed things I had never heard in my favorite recordings before. I think, with a decent pair of headphones, anyone who loves music would consider the Little an investment...

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Headroom.com



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jordan a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: January 29, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I was using my amps headphone output with my Senheiser
HD-600. Great sound but something was missing. So I got
The Litle. Wow! That is a big difference. This thing can
really make the HD-600 sing. I have a Spectrum Sound
Theater 2000 SRS-3D processor in the loop and creates an almost real soundstage. I didn't see any non-linearities
with the volume control as mentioned by another reviewer.
The only thing that I didn't like is the unregulated power
supply (comes as an upgrade), at least at this price level.
To my surprise though the amp is extremely quiet.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Headroom



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Michael Dew a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2000

Bottom Line:   
This is a real improvement over any of the cheap built-in headphone-amps commonly found in CD-players and amps. The difference is unbelievable, even when using mid-range headphones. I've used a Sennheiser HD520 and two Grado headphones, all three of them sound great with fantastic transparency and great staging.
Bass levels are good, mids are well-defined and highs are just right (not too bright as with many of the built-in headphone jack amps).

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $250.00




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