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How does it sound really?
First impression is really, really, really good. The second impressions are even better. This amp is crystal clear with extremely well controlled behaviour. "s"-sounds sounds excellent, tight bass, warmth in the mids. This headphone amp may be the best in the world? And the best of all: The parts aren't particulary expensive!
I have made a simple distortion measurment with the excellent russian freeware Rightmark Audio Analyzer. What we can see is that the amp is better than the sound card I have used.
Read what Suzy thinks about the QRV07 (similar to the QRV09):
The beginnings of a new amp to drive my Sennheiser HD595 headphones. I was greatly impressed by the TI TPA6120 current mode feedback headphone amp chip, with incredibly low distortion levels. I began designing a board to try one out, but found almost exactly what I was designing had already been done by a Swedish designer, Per-Anders Sjostrom. So I bought a bare board off him. Here's the board mostly assembled, being test-fit in a Hammond extruded aluminium box, with Alps volume pot. I'm extremely impressed by Per-Anders work. This is a beautiful design, with great attention to detail. I couldn't have done better myself.
In use the amp is wonderful. Totally transparent, with no audible noise at all. I haven't wound it up all the way, as I value my hearing too much for that.
I've finished the amp and have been using it for a few months, and am still totally impressed with it. I really don't think you can make a better headphone amp, no matter what you do.