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HIFIMAN GOLDENWAVE Prelude Balanced Headphone Amplifier

GOLDENWAVE Prelude is HIFIMAN's newest reference headphone amplifier boasting a fully balanced, discrete Class A MOS-FET circuit providing the power to suppy clean, accurate sound with any headphones.

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Fully Balanced Class A MOS-FET High Current Output

The fully discrete architecture features a precise, single-ended balance conversion circuit that renders the single-ended RCA input fully balanced. The input stage employs a fully balanced amplifier architecture, with precise, single-ended/balanced conversion. The pre-amplifier circuit is independent, adopting a class A output structure, with excellent power and natural timbre.

ALPS Potentiometer, Custom Transformer, Specially Crafted Housing

The potentiometer ensures complete and accurate channel balance. A customized high-power, low-noise toroidal transformer, with multi-channel high-speed low-noise voltage regulator circuit, supplies power for the headphone amplifier. The housing is manufactured from a single piece of aluminum, which helps isolate harmful resonance that negatively affects sonic output.


Frequency Response
20-50kHZ, +/- 1dB @ 1KHz

Signal to Noise Ratio
-113dB @ 1KHz

0.0009%, low gain @ 1KHz

Specs (cont)

Power Output
(0.1% @ 1KHz, balanced) 10W @ 32 ohms, 6W @ 64 ohms, 2.5W @ 150 ohms, 1W @ 300 ohms, 560mW @ 600 ohms

Total Power Consumption

Dimensions (LxHxW) / Weight
330x56x260mm, protrusions not included / 6.5kg




HIFIMAN is a world leader in planar magnetic and electrostatic headphones. They have a knack for hitting the sweet spot in crystal clear sound and value with headphones like the Sundara and Arya.