Wells Audio - Headtrip amp
Jul 24, 2015 at 4:22 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 192


100+ Head-Fier
Feb 21, 2013

hoooouuuuulllyyyyy schieeeEEET! This amp looks so interesting,who heard it? Dat power into 32ohms

Heavily biased into class A? So is this A or AB? I am confused
Jul 30, 2015 at 10:26 AM Post #4 of 192
Reviews like this need comparisons to other TOTL amplifiers! It's just too subjective otherwise.
(A common problem when review sites have multiple independent reviewers, in any industry.)
Looks like an amazing amp though!
Jan 17, 2016 at 6:58 AM Post #11 of 192
Socal 2015:
Wells Audio
We have been aware of the flagship Well Audio HeadTrip headphone amplifier ($7,000) for some time and have even heard it on a couple of occasions, but CanJam SoCal marked our first opportunity to hear the amp with a world-class headphone (in this instance, the Abyss AB-1266 planar magnetic phones) that we know well. The resulting sound was, quite frankly, just jaw-droppingly good, representing one of the two or three most impressive headphone amplifier/headphone demonstrations we have heard to date. Never before have we heard the Abyss headphones sound so balanced, so masterful, and so utterly accomplished in their presentation (and we have tried them with a number of top-tier amplifiers).
The Wells HeadTrip is a very powerful (50Wpc at 8 Ohms or 25Wpc at 32 Ohm), dual mono headphone amplifier that uses Bybee technology throughout to reduce noise, and that extensively applies ultra-high-quality parts to improve overall definition, detail and subtlety.  The HeadTrip provides both balanced and single-ended outputs, plus separate left/right channel phase inversion switches (since Wells contend that about 30% of digital recordings are recorded out of phase. But a list of features and specifications alone cannot show what makes this amp so special. As the US-based political pundit/strategist James Carville might put it, “It’s the sound, stupid.”  Our experience at CanJam only served to whet our appetite for spending more quality time with the HeadTrip, should circumstances ever permit.
Feb 26, 2016 at 1:34 PM Post #13 of 192
You will be very very very pleased with your Headtrip. Mine is SN0015, bought about 12 months ago. Initially I had Abyss but now I'm listening on HD800. This amp takes HD800 not just to another level but to another planet. The bass is like you have never heard HD800 go - 1.8W into 600 ohm (where HD800 bass peak resides). Enjoy!
Feb 26, 2016 at 6:41 PM Post #14 of 192
Wells Audio HeadTrip Amp impression review combined with JPS Labs Abyss

Have just received from Jeff my beloved Wells Audio HeadTrip amp Nr.32 , and it is probably the most complete, transparent and best Head amp / speaker amp i have ever heard period!

I have head and owned allot of different
High End speaker amps and a few headphone amps during the years:

The SS / Tube Head amps i have tested at home and have owned is as follows:

Chord Electronics DAVE , have a world class amp, but nerds a little more power to drive the Abyss and He-6 sufficiently.
1,3 watts at 46 Ohm.

Chord Mojo Black DAC/AMP
Can drive the Abyss like the Hugo, but it is almost a joke.


Chord Hugo Black DAC/ AMP
To veil and sharp and thin.
Lacked of power with only 0,5 Watt of power.

AudioValve Solaris World class hybrid Tube / SS Electrostatic / OTL amp 8-12 watt Dual Mono.
Where a little to warm and soft, and lacked of power in the presentation.

Woo Audio WA5 Black Ed Tube amp
Nicely sounding amp, but hide allot of the inner detail in the music, with a warm articulated sound because it is a Tube amp.

Cavalli Crimson Tube / SS hybrid
Lacked in control / you have wished it had a little more drive and articulation and visceral bass.

Schiit Ragnarok SS Amp 2x100watt 8 Ohm
I found it a not as transparent or balanced, it was a little to much Lo - Fi stereo amp sound for me.

Sim Audio Moon 430 Neo
The finish and feeling in the volume nobe is world class, and you can easy be tricked by it and think it have to sound good just because of this.
But the sound liquid and almost 90% transparent to the source, but the rest of the 10% is to neutral and thin in the sound, it gave me the shivers and i couldn't stand it!! :grimacing::grimacing::grimacing::robot::robot::robot:

Audio-GD NFB-1 Balanced Class A 2x 7.0 watt @ 50 Ohm AMP ( Mini Master 9 )
To numb in the bass and was not quite transparent to the DAC source. Sounds very much like the Sim Audio 430neo !

Pathos Aurium Tube / MOSFET hybrid 2x 1.1 watts Class A @ 50 Ohm AMP
Very high resolution / detailed amp , perfect for a studio with headphone monitors, but it did not have any warmth or bass, and run out of power with only 1.1 watt @ 46 Ohm.
The build quality is world class and the volume got great feeling, but more for Audize LCD-X cans.


It all began with Jeff @ Wells Audio had plans for creating a new un-compromised HeadPhone Amp based on his highly acclaimed speaker power amps.

Jeff wanted to design a amp with good synergy with the JPS Labs Abyss in mind, and with the power to control these hard flirted / driven magna planar headphones (Speakers).

And the result are mind blowing, with the use of just the best components available, and the use of JPS Labs internal cabling, this is a no compromise Ultra High End amp!

Before with every other amp i have tested with the Abyss, they was a little unengaged and had a V shaped midrange, but now it is like a newly tuned guitar, the Abyss is like on their toes and alert all the time for the smallest gesture from the all mighty HeadTrip!

The sound that this heavy duty powerhouse produce is remarkably over the top good!
The background noise is dead silent and totally blacked out, with ultra whispering visceral deep low band bass with nice detail. And the impact is breathtaking, so many times i have thought during my listening sessions that it is my B&W Subwoofer and speakers in the livingroom that are shaking and playing, because you are feeling the impact in your hole body.

The midrange is as i mentioned a hole other cup of tea, more dry, vivid, extremely well articulated, and you do not have to sit and try to hear the musicians voice clearly any more or turn up the volume to get satisfied .
The amp is like a fine tuned V8 engine with great torque from even low volumes and up.

The high resolution detail are very transparent and does not hide any of the Ultra High End DAC Chord DAVEś resolution.
It is magical good separation and very nice inner detail and much air around all the notes that come flying at you with high resolution and great speed.

As a comparison i hade the privilege for a privat listening to the highly acclaimed Sennheiser Orpheus II, where from my listening i think that the HeadTrip/ Abyss combo is as good in many aspects, but in the end they come out on top when it comes to quality of bass, control, timing, detail resolution and soundstage.
Here the HeadTrip/ Abyss & DAVE $35.000 combo came out on top with easiness against the acclaimed worlds best $55.000 headphone/amp combo!

Read my hole Sennheiser Orpheus II Vs Abyss/HeadTrip review impression here:


My short conclusion is that the HeadTrip is the best amp money can buy today!

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