- 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.
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.
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I write this review after almost 6 months of purchase. During this period I bought several other IEMs and was listening to a variety of sounds. The Moondrop Kato is a unique iem in its own way. Perfect balanced sound for all genres of music. All frequencies shine on this iem. My only problem is with the fit. It's a bit heavy, being solid CNC machined metal. I haven't tried the more evolved tips to resolve the fit issue. The sub bass and mid bass are quite surprisingly more prominent than some of the planar IEMs I listened to. The vocals and high frequencies were so much clear and bright with no distortion or sibilance even at higher volumes. The Kato is easy to drive and expose nuances in music that remain subdued on other IEMs. Its a whole new experience listening to hi definition music on Kato. Slowly building on you as it gradually burns in. The Kato is a must for aspiring audiophiles. It also is a reference monitor for comparisons with other Hybrid, Planar and BA iems. I am sure, you won't be disappointed with its performance.
Great Purchase, totally recommended.
Price to performance ratio is awesome.
These are pretty great modular cables, which has a good price to performance ratio. Build quality relatively sturdy.
Wow..these are still V Shape tuning king...edm or rock...electronic music is excellent in this. The recent zeros are too hot in treble for me.
Excellent bullet earphones...if you give it some power....this will blow your mind for sure...not good for phone output..you need a very good dongle like tempotec hd pro or ibasso dc03 pro...excellent pairing.
First time ordering from this store, ordered on the 18th morning and got it on 19th afternoon (Chennai). At first I was disappointed but as I listen I can hear more details, I don't know if it's a good thing as some of the songs I listen to have some anoying background noises and the vocals seems enjoyable. Fit is comfortable and easy to put on. Overall I think it's worth the money.
Gives required boost from Mobile audio out to My IEM and DT 770 pro 250 OHMS Headset
Great power output and sounds sweet. Few a very minor cons, but overcome by the pros. Its a good buy overall.
Other options for portable players available now with almost double the price is shanling m0 pro or hiby R2
The DAC was purchased with lot of apprehensions on the sound quality. But it came out a winner. Beautiful sound, punch bass, solid mids and very airy and clear highs. A superb combo for your iPhone to listen to hi-res music!
An iem I like a lot, it delivers good bass and fairly good mid and treble too, i use it with a lotion paw s1 and spinfit 100 eartips.Worth every penny. Excellent value.
These IEMs live up to the name. The music sounds lively and precisely the way you want to hear it—a very close or almost Harman-curved sound signature. The only con is the plastic feeling of the shell and the cable and sticks a little out of the ear. Although, the most powerful in my collections to likes of Ikko Oh01, BQEYZ Summer, TruthEar Zero, and KZ EDX pro.
These IEMs kind of felt dull in the beginning but boy, they do not fail to amaze at all. Such a balanced sound signature, although not a wide soundstage but very enjoyable. These are available for 129$ on Linsoul and it is blessing we're getting it only for 49$ here in India.
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