NVA AP10H Headphone Amplifier


Handmade in Great Britain. Designed for the serious enthusiast who values musical transparency and dynamic headroom. The headphones are driven directly from the output stage of the amplifier board (which is identical to the boards used in our speaker amplifiers) rather than by a separate circuit. This means that the amp is very powerful in terms of both voltage and current and will drive any dynamic or planar headphones on the market, regardless of impedance. This will be of particularly strong appeal to owners of insensitive headphones...and anyone else who enjoys a deep and powerful but tuneful sound.

Volume matching is achieved by padding resistor value (high quality Vishay ceramic) - a standard value to suit 95% of headphones, or a higher value to give more volume adjustment when used with very sensitive headphones . Please state your type of headphone at time of ordering.

For optimum sound quality, we recommend use of our low capacitance interconnect cables. 

  • Bespoke all-acrylic case
  • NEW! TKD volume pot
  • Audio Grade transformers
  • High quality Vishay capacitors
  • Inputs - One line level
  • Outputs - 1/4 inch headphone jack
  • Internal power Supply - single 50va
  • Dimensions - w250mm x 65mm x d205mm
  • AP10H instructions

"I have to say that the NVA AP10H turned in a truly superb performance and it can more than hold it's own against competitors at it's price level and above. It is one not to be missed off your shortlist." Chris Frankland, Hi-Fi World December 2020  (Read the full review)

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    Upgrade from Rega EAR. I am really thrilled with the NVA Headphone Amplifier which just oozes quality in addition to the weight being reassuring. I connected it to my Marantz CD63 KI Signature CD player and used my Sennheiser HD700 headphones and the sound is superb. I played some of “The Planets” as recorded by Charles Dutoit with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and “Mars” was exhilarating. This recording won the Gramophone Magazine Award in 1987 for “Best Engineered recording”. I have attached the article from the October 1987 edition of Gramophone. It really is an exceptional recording. If only all progressive rock albums of the 70s were recorded to that level of audio magnificence!

    I got my AP10P about four months ago and it is very good indeed. I have ATH-A900X headphones and with my previous headphone amp they sounded soft and bit dark. Now with AP10P sound is muc more controlled detailed and refined. My overall listening experience ia now much more enjoying than it was before. Very good sound per pound ratio indeed!

    Thanks for the wonderful amplifier - I didn’t know such clarity and detail was possible at the price.

    Having recently swapped out the AP10P for an AP10H with external PSU my next plan was to reuse the AP10P in my office rig. This was always going to be interesting as I've never tried NVA amplification with speakers only headphones. The office rig was previously: PI base Squeezebox / Arcam AV9 / NVA MK1 SSC / Rotel 970BX Power Amp / NVA LS5 / NVA Cubettes. I've always really liked the Rotel so swapping in the AP10P was not something I expected to do a lot. Holy cow, I've heard and used the expression like removing a veil, like pulling back a curtain. Well this was like knocking down a wall in those terms. I am truly amazed at the difference

    NVA sells, and ships, direct to users. This saves you around 40% compared to buying through a dealer. We are so confident in the quality of our products and designs that we offer a 30 day no quibble returns policy. Listen to NVA in your own system, in your own room (by far the best way to judge any item) for up to 30 days. If you’re not delighted, return it to us for a refund.

    How it Works

    First, you purchase the item(s). Once your order is delivered, the 30 day trial begins. To return the item(s) within that 30-day period, contact us by email. We will provide you with a return authorisation number (RMA). You then return the item(s) to us by your choice of courier. Once we've received your return, you will receive a refund within 7 to 10 days.


    The returned item(s) must be in the same condition that you received them in. If there are signs of user-related damage or missing accessories, then we may deduct a portion of the refund.

    Shipping costs are not refundable.

    For full details, please see our Returns Policy

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