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Desktop Headphone Amps - Mytek

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.


Mytek builds the Brooklyn and Manhattan DACs and Clef running USB or Bluetooth audio through a portable DAC for exceptional sound. Consumer and pro audio products are built and designed, at least in part, by the founder.

Mytek was founded in New York in 1992 shortly after Michal Jurewicz graduated from Warsaw University of Technology. The brand benefits from his experience of working in the renowned Hit Factory and Skyline recording studios, the latter of which he created his first commercial product for, a multichannel monitor system. He went on to develop a series of A/D converters built to improve the quality of digital mixes and many recordings by popular artists including Mariah Carey, James Taylor, James Brown and Lou Reed among others were mixed with prototypes of Mytek converters.

The focus of the company started as building converters for other large Manhattan studios. The idea formed from Michal's work with extraordinary designers building new unprecedented types of devices to improve the recording process. From 1995 to 2000, Mytek grew steadily with all production carried out in the USA. The main concept behind Mytek was always technological innovation for the recording production process and to preserve the highest possible sound quality.

Mytek's digital converters have been used in recording studios for many years. Their latest creation, the "Brooklyn Bridge" is a versatile and simple to use solution for hi-res digital music streaming and playback combining the features, shape and sound quality of the Brooklyn DAC+ with a WiFi streamer. Mytek aims to create sleekly designed products boasting the Mytek sound precision with numerous features desired by music lovers such as digital hi-res as well as vinyl playback through speakers or headphones.

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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