Unison Research launches SH, its first dedicated headphone amplifier

Unison Research has recognised that more and more people are listening to music through headphones at home and has produced the SH to deliver a “world-class sound from a specialised device using the best technology available".

The SH is fitted with a linear circuit that Unison Research says produces low negative feedback and an output voltage which is capable of driving a wide range of headphones.

The input stage of the SH uses an ECC83 valve while the output uses an EL84, the latter being used as it’s capable of driving the output transformer with “optimal electrical and sound character”.

There are two headphone outputs on the SH, connected in parallel and each with their own EL84 valve and a sensitivity switch to accommodate a range of headphone types.

Any line-level source can be connected to the unbalanced RCA input but the SH can also support audio files up to 384kHz PCM and DSD 128 thanks to an asynchronous USB input and integrated DAC.

The Unison Research SH is available now with a cherry or black faceplate for £1250.

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Max is a staff writer for What Hi-Fi?'s sister site, TechRadar, in Australia. But being the wonderful English guy he is, he helps out with content across a number of Future sites, including What Hi-Fi?. It wouldn't be his first exposure to the world of all things hi-fi and home cinema, as his first role in technology journalism was with What Hi-Fi? in the UK. Clearly he pined to return after making the move to Australia and the team have welcomed him back with arms wide open.