Unison Research SH Valve Headphone Amplifier. Available with Online Finance and Free Delivery.
The Unison Research SH began with the same basic remit as the coveted Simply Italy integrated amplifier; to produce a world-class sound from a specialised device using the best technology available. The result was a fairly simple, linear circuit that produces an output voltage which is more than capable of driving a wide range of headphones, while keeping distortion low throughout the frequency range. This allows the SH to deliver a consistent, coherent sound character when in use.
The input stage uses ECC83 valves, while the output stage uses one EL84 valve (both operating in triode mode). The benefits to using this specific combination of valves are in the reduced power requirements for how the valves are usually employed, resulting in extended life, and the EL84’s ability to drive an output transformer with optimal electrical and sound qualities.
The SH comes equipped with two headphone outputs, connected in parallel for easy switching between headphones, or to accommodate multiple listeners. There is also a “Sensitivity” switch, to ensure the widest possible range of headphones can be comfortably driven by this amplifier. When set to “High Sensitivity”, the output voltage from the amplifier is reduced, and at “Low Sensitivity” it is at its maximum. The added advantage of this switch is for maintaining optimal sound quality while listening to music at lower volumes.
In addition to a standard un-balanced RCA input for connecting any traditional analogue source, the SH is also equipped with a class-leading USB DAC. The asynchronous USB 2.0 technology is the same as found on the recent Triode 25 amplifier, and supports audio formats up to 384kHz PCM and DSD 128. The patented jitter-elimination circuit ensures a great sonic performance, assisted by the galvanic isolation employed between the power areas of the USB interface and the conversion IC. This additional input option brings SH up-to-date with the latest requirements of computer-based audiophiles.
The reason for choosing a headphone-based product was so Unison Research could cater for the growing world of headphone audiophiles, offering them the best valve-based amplifier to enjoy. It’s very difficult for solid-state solutions to compete with the un-rivalled influence valves can have on audio performance, making the SH a must-audition for anyone who takes their sound seriously.
Compatible with large selection of headphones
ECC83 Valve used on input stage and EL84 on output stage
Asynchronous USB interface compliant to USB 2.0 Audio Class
Resolution up to 32bits/384kHz
Last generation ESS Sabre DAC with jitter eliminator circuit
Galvanic isolation between USB interface and conversion circuit
Low phase noise clocks which reside in the “clean” supply domain to preserve low jitter performance
Max. Output Power (THD 1%), High Sensitvity:
0.5V (150?), 0.45V (33?), 0.4V (10?)
Max. Output Power (THD 1%), Low Sensitvity:
1.4V (150?), 1.1V (33?), 0.6V (10?)
-0.1dB @ 10Hz / 3-dB @ 50kHz
(Low Sensitvity Output with 33? Load)
20 kohm // 100 pF Sensitvity 0.67 V:
High Sensitvity, (10? Load) 0.33V Out
Low Sensitvity, (33? Load) 1V Out
Pure Class A, ECC83/12AX7
Class A, EL84 (Triode Mode)
1 x RCA Line Level
1 x USB (Type-B)
2 x ¼” Jack Sockets (in parallel)
Total Harmonic Distortion:
< 0.2% @ 1kHz 0.5V
< 0.8% to 1 V
Dimensions (W x D x H):
22.5 x 12.6 x 32.2cm