Rogue Cronus integrated as headphone amp?
Jul 9, 2008 at 12:30 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 3


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Dec 16, 2006
Does anyone know how the built-in headphone amp in the Rogue Cronus tube integrated amplifier sounds? Anybody using it?

Rogue says that its headphone section uses the LM386 opamp and several discrete parts to implement it. Can anyone here say how, in general, the 386 sounds in a headphone amp? What is its reputation?
Jul 9, 2008 at 12:46 AM Post #2 of 3
I tried it for a couple of hours with the HD650s last week.
It's decent, but a lacks some detail especially in the highs, and I recall it sounded a bit too flat overall.

Source was a Linn SACD-player.

I would not use it as a dedicated headphone amp, even the Woo3 sounds better imho.
Jul 9, 2008 at 2:19 AM Post #3 of 3
Thanks! I suspected as much.

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