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Wheatfield Audio HA-4 Headphone Amp

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 This is a solid-state headphone amp that has crossfeed circuitry and some pinna-related EQ circuitry.  It's shaped kinda like a head.  The idea was that you could use it as a stand for your headphones when they weren't on your head.

I designed this as a commercial product, but it turned out to be just a little too much for the average audiophile, so it never went into production.  A total of 5 of these were built.

Here's the Datasheet (BIG 526k PDF file) and User's Manual (BIG 469k PDF file) for your reading pleasure.  They give some details about the EQ and crossfeed functions.

The amp has two PCB's inside - one is the headphone amplifier and power supply, and the second has the EQ and crossfeed circuits on it.  The amp is a conventional solid-state amp, using Burr-Brown OPA134-type op-amps and BUF634 buffers.

Schematic for PCB1 (48kB PDF file) and PCB2 (33k PDF file).

PADS-PCB source and Gerber files for PCB1 (91kB ZIP archive) and PCB2 (72kB ZIP archive) (see my CAD page to get freeware PADS-PCB).  If you make any changes to the PCB please REMOVE the Wheatfield Audio name and copyright (you have my permission to do so!)

The PCB's could fit inside a normal chassis without too much trouble.