My Impressions of the Rogue RH-5 Headphone Amp/Preamp by FLTWS 10/31/17
“I like that old time sturm und drang,…”
Pros: Glorious sound with my headphones especially HD800, great flexibility with inputs/outputs, nice styling. Other features are just about perfect; I like the 185 steps volume control, readouts, dim-able panel, remote, the build quality and 3 year warranty.
Cons: None that come to mind.
Price: Fair value from a sound and feature set standpoint for me.
Build: I lifted the hood to take a look inside as I’ll be tube rolling at some point. The layout is clean and tidy. It uses a toroidal transformer but it’s wrapped in a clear plastic (moisture barrier?) of some sort and no fancy ($) metal housing. This seems to simplify construction, just one substantial bolt and nut through the base plate with a couple of appropriately sized washers separating the upper and lower sections of windings. The tube sockets look pretty substantial, can’t tell if their plastic or ceramic, but they grip the tubes in a death-lock. The whole assembly feels solid and heavy, and all metal work is first rate. The amp case stays relatively cool to the touch even after being on for 12 straight hours. (No prize for guessing I’m not an EE or production guy.)
I won't regurgitate the companies spec sheet; it's all on Rogue's website along with a pdf of the manual.
(Wow, trying to figure out how to post this review was harder than writing it! See the review tab, I think!)