Rupert Neve RNHP Headphone Amplifier

Rupert Neve

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The Rupert Neve RNHP Headphone Amplifier is a dedicated 24V reference-quality headphone amplifier with specifically-calibrated +4dBu balanced line, unbalanced RCA and 3.5mm inputs, housed in a rugged VESA-mountable steel chassis.

Whether you're tracking, mixing, or just listening to music, your headphone amplifier is as important to the final sound quality as your headphones - yet the world is full of headphone amps with compromised sonics, headroom, and power. To address these shortcomings, Rupert and his team at Rupert Neve Designs have developed the RNHP.

Based on the headphone output circuit in the 5060 Centerpiece Desktop Mixer, the RNHP is a dedicated 24V reference-quality headphone amplifier with specifically-calibrated +4dBu balanced line, unbalanced RCA and 3.5mm (1/8-inch) inputs, housed in a rugged VESA-mountable steel chassis. With effortless, wide-open sonic performance and the ability to drive any pair of headphones without compromise, the RNHP allows you to perform, mix and enjoy your music with a new level of clarity. For much equipment, the headphone output is an afterthought. Most products with integrated headphone amps have large feature sets, small footprints, and relatively low price points. This leads to comprised power and audio quality of the headphone amplifier itself, which can lead to a number of issues in real world usage such as low headroom, unreliable performance, and a lack of focus.

The RNHP was made to accomplish one simple purpose: making any headphones sound their best. As a dedicated design, the RNHP is tailored to deliver extremely high quality, powerful amplification, with precise calibration for any source input. This exceptional level of quality can be the difference that inspires an artist to give their best performance, lets an engineer make better choices in mic and placement, gives a mix engineer reliable translation of EQ and dynamics adjustments, or lets a music listener appreciate the full depth and detail of a recording. In addition to being able to drive a wide variety of headphones without sacrificing performance, the RNHP is also capable of receiving a wide array of signals with its 3 inputs, calibrated for optimum level and impedance. Check the Application notes for how the RNHP can be utilized for different purposes.

The RNHP is designed for mounting with any VESA 100 compatible mount. These may include pole mounts, wall mounts, table mounts, or articulating arm mounts. These mounts can help to ensure the RNHP is always in the perfect position. In some situations where you only have one set of outputs but need to simultaneously feed the RNHP and another device such as speakers, a second headphone amplifier, or a 2-track recorder, we recommend using splitter cables from the Left and Right line outputs to feed both devices from the same stereo pair.

Rupert Neve RNHP Headphone Amplifier Features

  • Precision Sound: Wide-open, extremely detailed sound quality allows you to get the most out of your headphones
  • Dedicated Power: High-power, high-headroom design can effortlessly drive high-impedance (up to 600 Ohm) headphones even during the loudest, most dynamic tracking sessions
  • Reliable Translation: The near-zero output impedance (.01 Ohm at 1kHz), direct-coupled amplifier design provides for excellent translation with any pair of headphones
  • Precision Stereo Potentiometer: The highly damped stereo potentiometer is designed to give you precise level control and maintain perfect left-right balance
  • Professional Line Input: The calibrated +4dBu line input is selected with the “A” switch. The combo jack accepts either XLR or TRS inputs for balanced professional devices.
  • RCA Input: The unbalanced RCA input is calibrated for -10dBV signals and is selected with the “B” switch. The RCA jack is commonly used with home stereo devices or Prosumer equipment
  • 3.5mm Input: Stereo 3.5mm input specifically calibrated to work with mobile devices like phones, computers and digital cameras
  • VESA Mount: The VESA 100 compatible mount enables you to mount the RNHP wherever it needs to be. Common mounts are pole-mount arm for mic stands, pivoting multi-arm desk mount, and wall / surface mount for securing upside-down under a table, music stand or other studio furniture
  • Steel Clamshell Chassis: The RNHP’s rugged, solid-steel chassis is built to a high industrial standard with an overhang to protect the connectors and main level control from glancing blows, as well as shock-absorbing rubberized feet
  • 24V DC Input: The RNHP can be powered using either the included 6 watt power supply or a 24V, 0.25A min battery (not sold by RND)

Rupert Neve RNHP Headphone Amplifier Specifications

  • Maximum Input Levels
    • “A” XLR I/P: +22.8 dBu @1kHz
    • “B” RCA I/P: +14.7dBu @1kHz,
    • “C” 3.5mm I/P: +3.3dBu @1kHz
  • Output Power:
    • As measured with typical headphones, Z=44 Ω: 3.617 VAC RMS @1kHz = 300mW RMS
    • 16 Ω typical Load: 1.933 VAC RMS @1kHz = 230mW RMS
    • 150 Ω typical Load: 5.108 VAC RMS @1kHz = 175mW RMS
  • Output Impedance
    • .08 Ω @ 1KHz, 16-150 Ω load, 0dBu input
  • Frequency Response
    • +/- .2dB from 10Hz to 120KHz
  • Noise
    • Measured with typical headphones, Z=44 Ω, BW 22Hz – 22kHz
    • “A” XLR Input: -101.9dBV,
    • “B” RCA Input: -100.9dBV
    • “C” 3.5mm Input: -88.8dBV
  • Dimensions
    • 6.5” wide x 4.6” deep and 1.9” tall
  • Power Supply Requirements
    • 24VDC @ 0.25Amp (6 watt) minimum. Use with supplied power adapter, as this has been carefully selected for best output power and noise performance. May be used with a properly configured 24V battery as well.

Rupert Neve RNHP Headphone Amplifier Includes

  • Rupert Neve RNHP Headphone Amplifier
  • Power Supply
  • Manual
  • One Year Warranty

Rupert Neve RNHP Headphone Amplifier Includes

  • Rupert Neve RNHP Headphone Amplifier
  • Power Supply
  • Manual
  • One Year Warranty

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  • 5
    It's a Rupert Neve
    Tom Kingston

    And there's no such thing as a bad Rupert Neve device. He's the father of contemporary sound. And while we can always debate the merit of preamps, equalizers, compressors, and consoles, very very few will be down on anything with Rupert's name on it. But this headphone amp is simply audio nirvana in one little box. I've been a long time user of high-end interfaces and consoles. And they all put out great sound. But none of them even begin to compare to this audio microscope for headphones. I now hear the most minute details I've never heard before. The unit is very flexible, built like a tank, and yet classy. Pair it with BeyerDynamics DT1990 Pro headphones and you'll be remixing and remastering everything. And I have Focal monitors which I thought were unbeatable. Well, actually they are. But cups and monitors are two different worlds. Now I have the best in both.

  • 5
    GREAT sound
    Brian Kern

    Detailed yet musical. Can now hear the subtle passage of the music that I couldn't before. A great amp for low impedance headphones, at a very reasonable price. I am exceedingly happy with my purchase, and Front End Audio has been a pleasure to deal with.