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If You Love High Quality Headphones Then This Amplifier is For You

Rogue Sounds situated in Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania and they’ve made some of my most loved gadgets so I was pondering when they would get around to handling earphone speakers. They have with the RH-5 and It retails for $2,495/£2,495. Which is sensible for a made-in-the-US top of the line segment. Beyond any doubt it’s costly, but If you’ve as of now put resources into a bundle of audiophile review earphones it will be cash well spent.

The RH-5 might be an earphone amp, but at the same time it’s a fine preamp, with three stereo RCA inputs, one stereo XLR info and stereo RCA and XLR yields. I began my tryouts tuning in to it as a preamp with a Bel Canto REF500 control amp and Magnepan.7 level board speakers. The sound was smooth and loaded with body, and stereo imaging was huge and roomy.

The RH-5’s machined aluminum front board sports two blend 6.3 mm/XLR earphone jacks and separate left and right channel three-stick XLR earphone jacks. Three pick up settings permit the RH-5’s yield to coordinate for low, medium or high otherwise known as difficult to drive earphones. The simple to-peruse front board show demonstrates the chose input, pick up setting and volume level. You can play two earphones at any given moment with the RH-5.


The back board has three sets of stereo RCA and one sets of XLR inputs; and there are stereo RCA and XLR preamp yields. There’s likewise an extra cost ($500/£500) phono preamp for moving-magnet/moving-curl phono cartridges, so you can play your turntable through the RH-5, an uncommon choice for amps like this.

The RH-5 is an immaculate simple gadget, it doesn’t have a worked in computerized converter, which bodes well on an item like this. After all computerized tech is still propelling, so an implicit converter would be out of date in a couple of years, but the earphone amp may stick around for 10 or even 20 years. I utilized a Mytek Brooklyn converter for the greater part of my listening tests.

The RH-5 is a half breed tube/strong state plan, with two 12AU7 tubes in the preamp area and high current transistor control yields. Despite the fact that you may expect the RH-5 is only a reinforced preamp, Rogue Audio reveals to me it’s a unique outline.


The RH-5’s steel suspension measures 15×13.5×4 inches (381x343x101 mm), and it measures 19 pounds (8.6 kg). The amp comes with a three year guarantee.

The sound is hotter and sweeter than my reference Pass Labs HPA-1. Earphone amp/preamp ($3,500/£3,500), yet the RH-5 isn’t deficient in determination, not by far.

With the RH-5 my Oppo PM 1 earphones sounded more unbiased and straightforward than I recalled that them. I’m a fan, yet PM 1s tonality can be less striking than contending planar attractive earphones from Hifiman and Audeze. The PM 1 sounded all the more supplied connected to the RH-5.

Which reminds me, the new Hifiman Susvara earphone a standout amongst the most costly earphones. I’ve ever been fortunate to attempt had an extraordinary proclivity for the RH-5. I’ll audit this earphone soon, yet it’s a mammoth to drive. No other amp in my accumulation was strong to draw out the best in the Susvara. The HPA-1 amp battled with very unique recordings over the Susvara, the RH-5 played them without breaking a sweat. The RH-5 sound was likewise lusher. More full than the HPA-1 which sounded lean by correlation making it impossible to the Susvara.

Next I kept tuning in with one of the most effortless to drive earphones, my Grado GH1s. The HPA 1’s straightforwardness and flow surpassed the RH-5’s, but there was no denying the RH-5’s curvy midrange was beautiful. The RH-5 cajoled awesome sound out of the GH1. It’s a superior earphone than I thought it was.

Issue, I had a couple. The shoddy looking dark plastic remote conflicts with this top of the line segment’s generally fantastic form quality. More awful yet the situation of the RH-5’s energy on/off catch beneath the volume catches is appalling. More than once I killed the RH-5 when I attempted to bring down the volume. Once killed the RH-5 takes 15 seconds to restart.

Summing up the Rogue Audio RH-5 is in the top rank of earphone amps. Even better it’s more affordable and more completely highlighted than a large part of its kind.

Kelly Mckenzie is viral content reporter at The Newsify. She have also been lucky enough to work for the TNW, Her Interest area for reporting is Sports, Automobile, Technology and Games. Find her on Twitter and on Facebook!

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