Creek OBH-21SE review

Creek's OBH-21SE is a fine headphone amplifier, we'd just like to see a bit more bite Tested at £280.00

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

It's perfectly pleasant but we'd like more bite


  • +

    Good tonal qualities, pleasant listen, on/off button, well built


  • -

    Needs more punch

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First impressions of the Creek OBH-21SE are good: ?it feels well-made and solid with a clear blue LED light ?to let you know it's on.

It' also features a handy, rear-mounted on/off push button as opposed to becoming active the moment it's plugged in.

Mounted on the front are two headphone inputs and a weighty volume control. Creek, like the other manufacturers here, also supplies a 12vDC power supply with the amplifier.

In use it serves up a spacious sound with a good tonal balance. The midrange is pleasantly smooth, with vocals possessing a nice sense of warmth. Bass and treble also sit well together, while detailing is more than capable.

What you get with the Creek is a relaxing, pleasant listen. It's a very likeable amplifier, but it needs more verve to really shine.

Other amps are more insightful when handling music, and have the extra bite the Creek needs to give it that additional edge.

You should audition this – especially if you prefer a safer sound – but we think it could do with a bit more punch

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