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Jamey WarrenHi, I'm Jamey Warren president of HeadRoom. We have been getting it “Right Between Your Ears” for almost 25 years now. For more of our story click here.

HeadRoom Audio began as the world’s first commercial headphone amp manufacturer. We innovated many industry breakthroughs including the world’s first balanced-drive headphone amp, the HeadRoom Blockhead, and the first digital-USB portable amp/DAC, the HeadRoom Bithead, just to name a few among many of our proprietary creations.

HeadRoom Standard Headphone Amp Prototype TestingAlong with our intensely dedicated team, my ardent vision has been to create a new HeadRoom headphone amp that could recapture our uniquely robust, transparent and musical signature sound while pushing forward the world-class audio performance that classic HeadRoom products became famous for delivering to audiophiles. So began the long tumultuous process of conception, design, re-design, engineering and prototyping iterations to offer you a product we felt correctly carried the HeadRoom name into the future. The result is the brand new HeadRoom Standard Headphone Amp.

Original HeadRoom Standard Headphone AmpLong-time HeadRoom historians will note the connection of the Standard nameplate to one of our very first amplifiers we built back in the mid-1990s. Not only does the name hearken back to our earliest roots, but it also pays tribute to our original founder Mr. Tyll Hertsens who started HeadRoom with one single product way back in the day called, you guessed it, the HeadRoom Standard Amp. Rest assured, the new Standard Amp carries no holdover internal parts or design features from the old Standard unit, so the throwback name is a well-deserved historical homage to who and what got us here today. Thank you, Tyll!


HeadRoom Standard Amp InsideThe new HeadRoom Standard headphone amp brings an all-new topology designed by the original audio engineer behind the best HeadRoom products, Mr. Joe Wojciechowski. Joe’s uncompromising new HeadRoom Standard Amp ideation set out to achieve a level of acoustic performance and sound quality our older units just hinted at while streamlining features to only the most essential in delivering a truly superb headphone listening experience. So no complex crossfeed stages get in the way of pure unadulterated clarity, lightning-fast dynamics and seamless extension out to the very edges of the audible frequency range.

The HeadRoom Standard Amp offers perfectly controlled horsepower to drive tough planar magnetic headphones along with enough quiet grace to power highly sensitive in-ears. The Standard's hard extruded black aluminum amp chassis keeps the internals safe from road travel rash and shields the electronics from potential external noise intrusion. Dual headphone outputs allow use of two headphones simultaneously and a front panel gain switch permits perfect dovetailing with any headphone impedance. Inside the Standard Amp is a unique mixed integrated and discrete design that employs the best sound quality traits of modern op amp technology to deliver an effortlessly tailored performance with either demanding high-impedance loads or with ultra efficient in-ear headphones. The topology features a hot-rodded JFET front-end with fully discrete Diamond Buffer output stages using low-noise, high Ft transistors. Total R-C decoupling on all op amps localize current loops and keeps any potential hash completely off the rails. The Standard sound is wide-open, intensely dynamic and beautifully detailed with any headphone you own.

HeadRoom Standard Headphone Amp PrototypesEach Standard unit is exclusively built by hand right here in Montana and assembled by highly skilled tech artisans who have been with the HeadRoom company for 10 years or more, so you know you’ll be getting a superb high-quality product built with extreme care and painstaking attention to detail by people who really love what they do. And you’ll also be supporting our presently ongoing company efforts (still a secret!) to build other new products in 2016 and 2017, many of which are already underway germinating and undergoing early testing in our HeadRoom Audio labs.

Taking a page from today's popular crowdfunding campaigns, we are offering our new HeadRoom Standard Amp early adopters a special discount for 30 days or 100 units, whichever comes first. This short-lived promotional period will help us get a grip on initial demand and the requisite parts purchasing needed for our continuing production runs. The nice introductory price break is just a small token of our sincere appreciation for being an active contributing supporter to the rise of the HeadRoom Audio phoenix!

HeadRoom Standard Amp PrototypeTo all of you who have followed HeadRoom since the beginning, we extend a genuine heartfelt thank you. We could not have soldiered on for this long in the face of seemingly insurmountable market pressures without your fervent support and kind words. For those unfamiliar with our previous products and sound, well, we envy you - you’re about to enter a brave new world of wonderful high-end headphone bliss unmatched elsewhere. And to everyone who simply loves musically accurate headphone sound, we say try the HeadRoom Standard Amp and compare to any other similarly-priced headphone amp in your arsenal. Our 30 day 'no-questions-asked' return policy ensures you’ll absolutely fall in love with what your ears hear or your money back.

Mike testing a HeadRoom Standard Headphone Amp PrototypeAs a final word, I also wanted to extend a sincere thanks to my teammates and coworkers here at HeadRoom and headphone.com. Its a very small group of just a few incredibly hard-working folks, but we have well over 75 years of combined experience in the headphone and audio worlds, so we like to believe we know this business as well as anyone. When you call us, email or write for information, we think you’ll pick up on how much we enjoy what we do every single day.

So thanks again to all of you for believing in us for so many years. Our promise is we will work non-stop to ensure the special trust you’ve placed in us is payed back with truly amazing headphone experiences for years and years to come.


15 Responses

Tim
Tim

August 19, 2016

Okay ,I still have one of your Cosmics and also a Maxed Out Home amplifier.How will this new amp compare to these ,do you offer any trade in on what I have ,and do you still do upgrades on amplifier circuitry for older amps ? Thanks so much ,I bought my first Headroom amp based on the one page review in CD Review magazine ,going waaayyy back.

Tim

Roley Altizer
Roley Altizer

August 04, 2016

6-7 years ago, I traded in my old headphone amp for the new model, which I still have — for a substantial discount. I’m sorry but I don’t know the model numbers, but my present amp looks a lot like your new one.. Could I now trade in my present amp. for the new one? What would the price be for the new one? Thanks.

Phil
Phil

July 28, 2016

I don’t get it. The crossfeed switch was the USP of headroom amps. I still own several up to The Max

Jazz1
Jazz1

July 27, 2016

This is great news! I had one of the early ones. Built like a tank and worked great with my HD-600

Vince
Vince

July 25, 2016

It’s great news to see HeadRoom get back into making headphone amps. I still use my Cosmic for the Crossfeed. It creates a more natural soundstage on many recordings.

Mark
Mark

July 15, 2016

This thing screams for a Massdrop.

Derek
Derek

July 14, 2016

How is it powered? Battery? Mains? computer?

Scott
Scott

July 13, 2016

In the past I used Cross Feed but no longer do on my many Head Room amps, AirHead, BitHead, Coda, Ultra Micro Amp. Cosmic and BUDA. I’ve come to prefer the unaltered sound.

Glenn Tokunaga
Glenn Tokunaga

July 13, 2016

I’m really glad to see the HeadRoom getting back to its roots. HeadRoom amps were the very first headphone amps I ever owned back in the mid-to-late 90’s and beyond. I loved them and I still have a couple of them: the Total AirHead and the HeadRoom Millett Hybrid amp.

Rob
Rob

July 13, 2016

I broke my old bithead and miss that cross-feed circuit. I always thought it sounded better.

Larry Molnar
Larry Molnar

July 13, 2016

Hopefully you’ll add the crossfeed. It’s one of the main reasons that I have several Headroom amps vs. your competition

Jamey Warren
Jamey Warren

July 13, 2016

Regarding Crossfeed: We decided to keep the signal path as clean as possible on this amp. You may see a stand alone crossfeed unit in the future. No guarantees though.

Pre-Outputs are active and will not function with the unit turned off.

Thanks for the questions!

Alex Altorfer
Alex Altorfer

July 13, 2016

Will there be a headroom crossfeed implementation in future models?

Mike T
Mike T

July 13, 2016

Does the preamp out function as a pass-through? Is gain applied, or is it passive? Will the pre outs pass signal with the unit turned off? I ask this because I would have to insert this between my DAC and preamp to function correctly in my system.

Alfredo Guadarrama M
Alfredo Guadarrama M

July 13, 2016

I can not see the corossfeed switch, why?

Reds
Alfredo.

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