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Au­dio Tech­nica AT-HA5050H £4500

July 2016 A head­phone amp whose de­sign harks back to the 1970s, this unit has a spell­bind­ing sound that will leave you cap­ti­vated. Out­puts head­phone x2 In­puts coax­ial dig­i­tal, XLR, RCA, USB

Merid­ian Prime £1200

Fe­bru­ary 2014 A supremely ca­pa­ble head­phone amp which dou­bles as a tal­ented – if fea­ture lim­ited – stereo am­pli­fier. Treat the DAC as a nice bonus. Out­puts 3.5mm, 6.3mm In­puts RCA,3.5MM, USB

Pathos Aurium £850

Au­gust 2013 A top-class choice for am­pli­fi­ca­tion, but you’ll need a source and a pair of head­phones of sim­i­lar qual­ity if you want the best from it. Out­puts 6.3mm, XRL, RCA In­puts XLR, 3 RCA

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