Gustard H16 Balanced Headphone Amplifier


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  • Clean amplification with ultra-low distortion
  • Fully-balanced architecture
  • Ultra-low output impedance
  • Massive output power

The Gustard H16 Amp follows hot on the heels of the Gustard X16 DAC, a DAC which implements the world’s first DAC chipset with an in-built MQA renderer. The X16 has been turning heads with its best-in-class SINAD rating. Every DAC needs an amp, and the H16 can be thought of as the X16’s partner in crime. It offers massive power without contributing noise or distortion.

The H16 uses a fully balanced architecture, making it perfect for anyone looking to power balanced headphones (especially power-hungry ones). With four outputs, three of which are balanced, it can accommodate an array of listening scenarios.

Massive output power

If you’re wondering if the H16 can drive your headphones, the answer is almost definitely yes. It delivers huge amounts of power at any impedance: 3700mW @ 64Ω, 2268mW @ 150Ω, 1133mW @ 300Ω, and 566mW @ 600Ω.

Clean amplification with ultra-low distortion

Gustard designed the H16 to pair with the X16 DAC. An ultra-clean DAC deserves an ultra-clean amp, and that’s exactly what they’ve provided.

The H16’s signal-to-noise ratio is over 118dB, meaning that you’d have to crank it to dangerously high levels to hear any hiss or other unwanted noise. To put that number in perspective, the loudness of a jackhammer is 110dB, an ambulance 120dB. So in any normal, healthy listening scenario, you’re going to hear nothing but pure signal.

Model No: H16
Inputs: XLR (balanced), RCA (unbalanced)
Outputs: 4-pin XLR (balanced), 3.5mm (balanced), 4.4mm (balanced), 6.35mm (unbalanced)

Output Power:
3700mW @ 64Ω
2268mW @ 150Ω
1133mW @ 300Ω
566mW @ 600Ω

6.35mm unbalanced output impedance: 0.1Ω
Balanced port (4.4, 3.5, 4-pin XLR) output impedance: 0.2Ω
Frequency response range: 20,000 - 80,000Hz
SNR (headphone output): >118dB
SNR (pre-amp output): 120dB
Channel crosstalk (headphone out): -118dB
Channel crosstalk (pre-amp out): -120dB
THD+N (headphone out): <0.0005%
THD+N (pre-amp out): <0.0004%
AC Power supply: AC 115V/230V 50/60Hz
Power consumption: <20W
Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.9 x 6.6” (220 x 50 x 170mm)
Weight: 5.5lbs (2.5Kg)
Warranty Period: 2 Year

In The Box
1U GUSTARD H16 Headphone Amplifier
1U Remote Control

Warranty Period: 2 Year from the date of Invoice
Covered: Manufacturing Defects Only
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Gustard is a company dedicated to research and development, aiming to offer high-performance audio desktop-grade DAC and amplifiers at affordable prices. Their products are ideal for music lovers who seek quality audio.

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
S. (Kochi)
Excellent Amplifier

It's not often you come across products which may not be hyped, but surprises you with class-leading performance, and competes with products which are 3x its price. Gustard H16 is one such item, which can be considered to be a great headphone amplifier irrespective of the price bracket. This has a unique presentation, as it does not push the sound frequencies too much. At the same time, its neither mellow or dark, and is fairly neutral, just portraying the tonality of the DAC feeding this. Although not bass heavy, this provides a good and clean bass impact depending on the DAC. H16 sounds magical when driven from Ifi XDSD Gryphon variable (balanced) line out (through 4.4 to dual xlr cable). The vocals sound sweet and textured and there is great synergy with something like Hifiman Arya in this set-up. Other great benefits are - perfect channel matching through its relay controlled digital volume, useability with iems (recommended with 30 ohms or higher), remote control for convenience and so on. All in all this is a highly recommended buy. Thanks a lot for Pritam from TAS for providing a very competitive pricing for brand new authentic products.

Sandeep Agarwal (Bengaluru)
Gustard X & H 16

A fantastic Dac Amp Stack

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Sandeep Ajila (Mumbai)
Gustaki maaf!

Got the Gustard H16 a few days back. Have to thank pritam for personally handing over the amp. As of now, burn in of the amp is in progress as around 50 hours minimum burn in is recommended for it. The amp packs quite a bit of power and sounds very clean and open so far.

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