Phatlab Chimera

General Information


Frequency Response10 Hz – 100 kHz
Output power (30 ohm)300 mW + 300 mW (3.5φ) 1000 mW + 1000 mW (4.4φ)
Headphone impedance30 ohm – 600 ohm
Gain SettingHi: 14dB (3.5φ), 20dB (4.4φ) Lo: 6dB (3.5φ), 12dB (4.4φ)
Max. S/N Ratio>110 dB
Power supply5V/1A via micro USB port
Operation time (on battery)> 10 hours (amp alone) ~ 5 hours (amp + DAC)
Charging time (>1A supply)Approx. 3 hours
Dimensions (WxHxL)94 x 30.5 x 149 mm
Net weight370 / 378 (D) g

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Pros: Enough output power to drive any headphone
Great build quality
Dual tube and JFET modes
On the fly gain stage switching
Extremely black background/low noise floor
Solid battery life
Cons: No 6.35mm jack
Micro USB

*The full written review was originally posted on my blog.

What’s crackin’ PAR fam? In this review, I’m checking out the Phatlab Chimera tube and JFET dual-mode portable headphone amplifier. The Chimera has a bunch of interesting features, in particular, a seamlessly switchable Triode and JFET gain stage. Other features include a 4.4mm balanced output, high output power plus low and high gain modes, making it compatible with sensitive in-ear monitors as well as demanding full-sized headphones.

Over the past few years, portable HiFi has continued to grow in popularity and complexity. Nowadays, people want a more diversified approach to their music listening with the option to take the music with them when they’re on the move. In addition, they want to be able to switch between various headphones and earphones while using the same source. Enter the Phatlab Chimera.

The Phatlab Chimera is perfect for anyone looking for a portable and powerful headphone amp. With the option to switch between tube and JFET modes on the fly, it’s versatile too. It’s compatible with all types of headphones and IEMs, whether they’re warm and thick or bright and analytical; you can choose whichever mode fits best.
Concise and informative review. Thanks. I have a Dethonray HA-2 amp and am looking for an upgrade, meaning 4.4mm output, blackest background possible and warmish sound. Will I be at home with the Chimera ? Did you hear/test the HA-2 already? Best, Julian
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