GRAHAM SLEE Novo Headphone Amplifier (SMPS)

Small in size but big on sound

$495.00

SKU: GSPN



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The latest Graham Slee innovation is this performance packed discrete transistor headphone amplier. Small in size but big on sound it's also greener using an energy-saving power supply. Usually reserved for high end spenders this hand-built discrete technology design is very reasonably priced.

The Graham Slee Entheos (enthusiast's) Series Novo stereo headphone amplifier is a discrete solid state transistor configuration, using an IC voltage regulator. There are six transistors per channel. The "fast" voltage amplifier stage uses a current feedback input and a current source to drive a small signal transistor class AB push-pull output stage. The output is capacitively and resistively coupled to prevent headphone damage/short circuit damage and an output impedance reduction network minimises any signal distortion these components could add. The Novo uses multi-path negative feedback to reduce distortion without degrading the musicality of the signal.

The Novo is supplied with an Energy Efficient plug style AC/DC mains adapter power supply for universal mains use: 90-250V ac; supplied with a selection of plug heads to suit the customer's mains outlet. The power supply is of the switched mode type and sensitive users may detect a slight tingling sensation from the Novo case: this is normal and within world safety standards, but can be eliminated completely by connecting a wire to the Novo "aux ground" post; the other end to earth (either mains earth or an earth spike - seek qualified assistance if unsure). When connected to an earthed source this wire will not normally be required. The switched mode power supply emits an ultra-sonic whistle which cannot normally be heard, but in the presence of other persistent noise (such as air-con, refrigerators etc) a beat frequency (chirping) may be heard. Careful positioning will minimise this effect.

A Chained set of phono/RCA jacks enables the stereo input to be routed to other equipment such as a power amplifier. The input impedance is greater than 39 kilo Ohms so as to be virtually transparent to the source.

The output jack is designed for standard 1/4 inch/6.35mm headphone plugs (B-gauge) and can also be used with tapered A-gauge plugs. Headphones of impedance 8 - 2,000 Ohms may be used but best results will be obtained with impedances of 16 - 600 Ohms. An impedance reduction network reduces the driving impedance "seen" by the headphones and compensates for the headphone's cable capacitance, leading to a more focused musical image than purely resistive or power-amp configuration headphone amplifier outputs. It also reduces the apparent differences between dissimilar headphones.

The volume control can be set at any position to give comfortable listening. Unlike Hi-Fi amplifier volume controls, it can be set at any position and still give excellent performance. This is preferable to the contact resistance and wear of a gain switch, which would otherwise be required.
 

 

 

 

Specification

Dimensions: L. 10.5 W. 10.5 H. 5 (cm) approx. excluding controls and connectors

Output: 150mW rms into 32 Ohms, 40mW rms into 600 Ohms (both channels fully driven - 0.05% THD)

Input Impedance: greater than 39 kilo Ohms

Recommended input range: 200mV - 1V rms (2.8V p-p)

Frequency Response (worst case): Flat: 43Hz to 16kHz (-1dB), 22Hz to 30kHz (-3dB) (volume control at 3 o'clock position)

Channel Balance: 0.5dB typical

Hum & Noise: -80dB CCIR Q-pk 20Hz-20kHz (into 30 Ohms)

Stereo Crosstalk: -64dB typical

Distortion (THD+Noise): 0.02% at 1 kHz into 30 Ohms, and 12 o'clock volume control position

Warning: Headphones can cause hearing damage if operated too loud

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SKU GSPN
Brand GRAHAM SLEE PROJECTS
Shipping Weight 0.8200kg
Shipping Width 0.205m
Shipping Height 0.155m
Shipping Length 0.125m
Shipping Cubic 0.003972m3

2 Year Warranty

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