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Desktop Headphone Amps - Meridian

The headphones socket on most amplifiers and computers is rarely optimised for sound quality, and often serves simply as a tick on the features list designed around a simple PCB. A dedicated headphone amplifier is designed to overcome this by driving your headphones properly to get the very best sound quality via computer, streaming, CD or vinyl. We also sell portable headphone amplifiers for getting the best sound from your phone or portable player on the move.

Headphones have become an increasingly viable way of enjoying hi-fi and audiophile quality sound in your home, with many stunning full sized headphones available varying in style, size and price. However, no setup is complete without a quality, dedicated headphone amplifier, which can truly turn many pairs of headphones into a reference quality component. The difference that can be achieved by using a purpose designed amplifier can be truly staggering, which is why we keep a range on permanent demonstration in our showroom. Our knowledgeable staff are always happy to assist in arranging a demonstration or offering advice. We also offer Free Next Day UK Delivery on all of our in stock products.


Meridian Audio aims to put the listener at the centre of every recorded performance with their DSP speakers and hi-fi separates. They've pushed the boundaries of sound from active loudspeaker systems and are redefining the possibilities for home audio quality while maintaining a unique design aesthetic.

Since starting their journey in 1977, Meridian's contribution to the world of audio has been more considerable than some may realise. Today, the Huntingdon based company produces DSP active hi-fi speakers and audio systems represent the pinnacle of home audio. In addition to the active loudspeakers and hi-fi released over the years, Meridian has developed and released audio technologies too numerous to list in full here, most of these have been used in products made by other hi-fi manufacturers.

One of their most noteable designs is the Audio Core 200 equipped with everything it needs to be the heart of your system and easy connection to CD player, radio tuner, set-top box, games console, media player, PC and more. It also hosts some of the world's most powerful audio enhancements and is fully compatible with Meridian’s Digital Media System.

Meridian even developed the lossless compression algorithm (MLP) that is used in DVD audio. With Meridian’s history, you know even before you even sit down to listen that you are in capable hands, because not only have Meridian designed the stunning range of products available today, they have also designed the technologies behind them, from the MQA audio format, to the design of their DSP active loudspeakers that features separate power amplifiers matched and optimised to each driver.

The result is a transparent yet joyous sound that you must experience. We were very proud to add Meridian to the Audio Affair product range. While you can browse the range available below, you must book a demo in our showroom to discover more and listen to these award-winning audio systems. Call 0121 224 7300 / 7401 or email us now to book your personal demonstration.

One key advantage of specialist dedicated headphone amplifiers is the ability to drive headphones better than those included in most products and portable audio players. The purpose built amplification and increased power result in greater volume, dynamics, presence and soundstage. Many amplifiers are designed to be used with a range of headphones, while others may be specifically voiced to work with particular headphones.

Music on the go has become a daily occurrence for many people – using portable media players, smartphones and tablets to enjoy audio and video content when commuting or out and about. Being able to store an entire music collection on a tiny device has led to a demand for quality headphones to improve playback, and in turn a demand for quality portable headphone amplifiers to draw more fidelity, finesse and power out of our devices and music collections.

A key specification to consider when selecting a headphone amplifier is impedance. Just like loudspeakers, the ease of driving a pair of headphones differs from model to model. Some headphones may require more power than others, as well as a headphone amplifier with a higher output impedance in order to drive them suitably. Therefore, matching the impedance of your amp to your headphones is important in unlocking their potential and squeezing every last drop of performance out of your headphones. Some models feature multiple headphone inputs which offer different impedances, allowing you to use multiple pairs of headphones with your amplifier, and to impedance match with more precision for the best possible sound.

A headphone amplifier is the same as an amplifier designed for hi-fi usage, only designed to power smaller drivers, typically delivering much lower power and having a higher output impedance. Just like a stereo amplifier, headphone amps can utilise different components and circuitry to achieve different tone and sound characteristics. We offer a range of valve based headphone amplifiers, which offer the warmth and richness that is often associated with valve amplification for your headphones.

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