Review: Rupert Neve Designs RNHP

Based on the headphone output circuitry in the RND 5060 Centerpiece, the RHNP is a 24-volt design headphone amp aimed at reference-grade listening.
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It’s interesting that we all know how important good headphone mixes are, but often we don’t dig too deeply into our signal path. Based on the headphone output circuitry in the RND 5060 Centerpiece, the RHNP is a 24-volt design headphone amp aimed at reference-grade listening.

Small, compact and built into a sturdy steel chassis, the RNHP features calibrated +4 dBu Line, RCA and eighth-inch stereo inputs. The bottom of the chassis is also VESA-mountable, which makes it great for high-quality listening off of cameras, mic stands and so on. Input A uses quarter-inch XLR combo jacks, and this is, of course, where you would hook up the pro level gear. Input B features 2 unbalanced -10 dBV RCA inputs and Input C uses a 3.5 mm jack.

I hooked up the RNHP to my Avid HD I/O with the XLRs, but also to my iPhone with the eighth-inch mini jack. The first thing I noticed is this thing is plenty loud, especially with my Sony MDR 7520 and its 24 Ohm impedance. All I can say is that the sound was clear and punchy, as I would expect from Rupert and company.

I use a lot of different headphones, so I also tried my Beyerdynamic DT 770 headphones with their 250 Ohm impedance and they rocked as well. I like the small footprint of the box, as well as the sturdy build and powerful output. There’s not much else to say about it except the RNHP, once again, proves Rupert Neve Designs does things right when great audio is the focus.

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