Why choose RebelAmp?
Hello sweet people,
Started out hifi with a RME ADI-2 FS DAC and headphone Beyerdynamic 1990 DT Pro. I knew the RME Dac was good and I could use its DSP to tweak the Beyer to my personal taste, it produced an overwhelming nice 2-dimentional audio portrait on the RME headphone outlet post, I was simply baffled.
But after a while I could figure things can improve, somehow. Despite only few reviews of the rebel-amp on the net I jumped in, lo and behold this added that lustering 3rd dimension to the music and lesser-to-non of necessary DSP, only +2dB bass for my ears. I consider the headphone stage of the RME as good, but the core business of the RME is imho the DAC functionality, and the core business of the Rebel-amp the headphone stage, now both working in the best of their talents together.
My total hifi investment is now 2k€. For this particular level of sound it is an economic responsible investment and subscribing to the rebel mentality ;)
On the net I've read some persons want more horsepower decibels, I do not completely understand, even on LOW and my 250 Ohm Beyer I've never crossed 1 o'clock! This is on USB feeding the RME DAC.
I do find however using the Toslink feeding the RME I suddenly have to increase volume a lot on the RME so it's output signal into the RCA lines keeps equally healthy.
I suppose if people have a issue with moderate sound volume, to check if they are not feeding the rebel-amp inputs with too low a signal strength. The green box itself is able to blast your brains into the neighbourhood no problem.
PS: receiving the rebel-amp had me paying extra 123€ on EU-import taxes (to Belgium) per UPS. Rebel-amp carries an EU-make sign yet border officials saw a straw to milk me some, but this is fastly forgotten when current feeds the green wonder of blissful sound, it makes me very happy.
Its like slathering a thick spread of class A Ukrainian butter on your toast (but with headphones).
If you are looking for an alternative to THX amps, this is it.
It sounds more fun and spacious which I like after 3 weeks of use.
I wish it had more power as it puts out 1W into 32ohms
Paired it with ADI-2 dac FS and used DT1990 pro and HD650
Here's hoping for a more powerful and improved amp in the future!
Sounds great. Drives Hifiman he560 very well and low self noise with more sensitive dynamic phones. A nice bonus in a speaker setup is it makes a great preamp to a Schiit Aegir.
This a very neat amp. There is something special about a discrete class A. This amp has fantastic clarity but still full sounding with good bass smack. It has great build quality. The RebelAmp punches after above its price point.
I had the SMSL SP200 before this and it completely blows it out of the water. Yes, it isn't as powerful, but the sound doesn't seem as empty and boring with the RebelAmp. Also, I use this as my desktop amp for my PC(Thank God I have a big desk). So while it's not pushing music it's pumping out audio for gaming and movies. I was shocked by how awesome my games sounded and came alive vs the sound I was getting from the THX amp. It's such a versatile amp in that everything sounds really great on it. From Music, Games, to Movies I haven't found a single thing that it doesn't excel in. Also..... It's a badass green. 10/10 would recommend. Currently using this with the GRACE SDAC Balanced on the unbalanced side.
Very good with my sennheiser hd600/650/800s.
RebelAmp - class A headphone amplifier & preamp
The rebel amp is well built! and the layout of all the controls are in logical places, only thing that could be improved is the placement of the power switch. It would be nice to have access to that from the front. Sound wise it's great, warmer than reference. It has plenty of Power too, I have been ruining some rather hard to drive Planar's and it's running them just fine. I have Been feeding it with a RME adi2 dac and an Aune x8 magic dac, both are great, but I prefer it on the aune with a opt amp swap, it's very warm and along way from reference at this point, but It just sounds so damn good!
Really enjoying this headphone amp. Solid build and an even better sound.
A fun, non-analytical amp. Love it with my Klipsch HP-3's. I just wanna keep listening to it for hours and hours.
It makes all my headphones sound pretty!