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REVIEW: Apex Arête Headphone Amplifier

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Pros: Neutral and transparent sound from Apex

Cons: Best performance requires a somewhat expensive outboard power supply

Starting Up   Todd The Vinyl Junkie offered me the opportunity to review the latest offering from Apex, the “Arête” headphone amp.  Which of course I jumped at – it looks like a nice design, and I had thought very highly of the Apex Peak I reviewed last year.   The Arête is really as much small pre-amp as it is headphone amp.  It has three line inputs and a line output on the rear, as well as the ¼” single-ended headphone out on the front.  The chassis is nice enough looking and well but not over built:       The Arête, by today’s standards, is not a ultra-high-powered headphone amp, although it has plenty of power for the...
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