PRIME HEADPHONE AMPLIFIER
Personal listening on headphones is now one of the most common ways in which we experience music. Whether it’s to enjoy music on the move, or to listen without disturbing others, headphones can put you in closer touch with your music – if it’s done properly.
The metal enclosure is a dual-skinned design of interlocking extrusions, keeping the circuitry safe from interference. There are no screws – it’s opened with a hidden magnetic catch. A special flexible coupling links the knob to the shaft of the volume potentiometer towards the rear of the box, minimising mechanically-induced noise.
The Prime Headphone Amplifier front panel includes dual 1/4in headphone sockets that can be used with conventional headphones or separately-wired types, and in addition there’s a 3.5mm socket for personal earpieces. Meridian’s Analogue Spatial Processing (ASP) gives spatiality and a more natural presentation to headphone listening – more like listening on loudspeakers.
The USB input upsamples 44.1/48kHz sources to 88.2/96kHz using Meridian’s special Apodising filter that audibly increases the quality of digital signals. It also includes dual high-quality oscillators, based on those found in Meridian’s top-of-the-line Reference Series components, so it can handle any standard sample rate up to 192kHz, delivering improved clarity and stereo imaging.
Built into the same enclosure as the Prime Headphone Amplifier, the Prime Power Supply delivers clean, noise-free power to your Prime Headphone Amplifier, USB devices and other low-voltage audio products. With extensive power regulation and over specified audio-grade components, the Prime Power Supply provides five 12V outputs plus a USB power socket with audio pass-through.