Sterling Audio announced a line of professional headphone amplifiers, with three models addressing a variety of studio and live sound applications.

S104HACombining high-quality audio with simplicity of operation, the amplifiers feature gold-plated inputs and outputs, power-on status LEDs, and low-noise operation. Designed primarily for personal recording studios and applications where space is at a premium, the four-channel S104HA offers one rear-panel TRS line input and four front-panel stereo headphone outputs, each with a ten-increment level slider. The S104HA uses a sturdy and lightweight aluminium chassis with non-slip rubber feet, and is powered by an external 12V DC supply for low-noise operation.

Recording studios and broadcast facilities that require more flexible inputs and a more robust chassis are targeted by the four-channel S204HA, which is housed in a rugged aluminium chassis enclosed with a rubberized casing. The unit’s front panel sports an unbalanced stereo line input and four rotary level knobs for the headphone outputs. The rear panel offers four stereo headphone outputs and balanced TRS left and right line inputs on the rear panel. Like the S104HA, the S204HA is powered by an external 12V DC supply.

For more demanding professional applications, the flagship S418HA features two stereo main line inputs, eight direct line-level inputs for individual monitor mixes, and eight discrete, stereo headphone amplifiers, each with two headphone outputs-all packaged in a steel, 1U-high rack chassis. The S418HA can operate in stereo or mono, and provides an output level control and clip LED for each channel. Its low-noise, 15V torroidal transformer delivers the superior output power and headroom required for professional use. A faceplate with backlighting enables easy operation in low light environments. Parallel, balanced quarter-inch outputs enable additional S418HAs to be cascaded for more extensive situations.

The S104HA will carry a street price of US$49.99, while the S204HA will sell for YS$79.99 – both are available now. The  will be priced at US$149.99, and will be available in Q3 2016.


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