Our Verdict Best headphone amplifier £300-£500, Awards 2010. Its user-friendly sound makes this a very wise buy For Very cohesive sound exciting listen great detailing well balanced in tone Against Nothing of note Reviewed on 5th March 2009 With its austere looks and weighty feel, Lehmann's Teutonic-sounding Rhinelander is an imposing piece ?of kit that has a pleasantly dependable air about it. ?As well as accepting two inputs, it features a nice volume control and a front-mounted metal selector. The Lehmann is conveniently easy to use, despite a lack of markings on the rear. During its running-in period, our test sample mellowed nicely from an initially bright sound, gaining a neutral, tonally balanced audio. Bass is sure-footed and punchy, treble is crisp and confident, while the midrange is sweet, giving much depth and emotion to vocals. Good sense of timingDetailing from the Rhinelander is good, with production subtleties coming to the fore, and background instrumentation, such as percussion, standing out nicely. More after the break We also like its sense of timing, with music sounding cohesive and packed with life and punch. At £400 this Lehmann is an expensive amplifier, but it offers a lively sound that leaps out of your headphones without becoming wearing or brash over prolonged listening. Its accomplished sense of neutrality is a great advantage and you really want to keep listening to the performance it gives. Give one ?of these an audition and you won't be disappointed. Related News Sony's new NW-WM1Z is a €3300 gold-plated Walkman Thu, 01 Sep 2016, 12:50pm Prism Sound introduces the Callia DAC and headphone amp Thu, 28 Jul 2016, 05:45pm Copland 215 DAC and valve headphone amp lands in the UK Thu, 16 Jun 2016, 03:34pm Arcam teases £395 rHead amp at High End show Mon, 09 May 2016, 09:38am Unison Research launches SH, its first dedicated headphone amplifier Mon, 14 Mar 2016, 01:31pm Accessories Headphone amps Lehmann Rhinelander Stay on top of your sound with What Hi-Fi? in your inbox every week Thank you for registering for our Newsletter We will send you relevant emails and updates.