“The Novo has a wonderfully open sound, and paints low level detail with a fine brush”
“What really stands out for us is that it’s such an involving listen – you can’t help getting into whatever it’s serving up.”
Best Headphone Amplifier 3 years running – What Hifi Magazine
The Novo inline headphone amplifier is what it says – it can be put inline between your source and amp, between your preamp and amp, or between your tape machine and tape input, thus enabling you to listen to your music on headphones as well.
It’s also won What Hi-Fi’s prestigious best headphone amplifier award for three years in a row so you know it’s going to sound good.
It’s also what’s called discrete, which means it’s made from individual transistors and that’s usually considered high-end. It does contribute to the great sound of the Novo, yet the Novo is a budget headphone amp.
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)
Frequency Response (worst case): 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.