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Sterling Audio Factory-blemished S418HA 8-Channel Rackmount Headphone Amplifier

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OVERVIEW

This headphone amp lets you monitor mixes for up to eight musicians.

One of the most important aspects of any recording environment is hearing yourself and everything else you need in your mix. Sterling’s line of professional headphone amplifiers gives you the clarity and precision to distribute common or discrete stereo mixes to multiple performing musicians — and at a price that won’t bust your budget. The flagship S418HA provides an 8-channel professional rackmount chassis, two stereo main inputs, channel direct inputs for discrete stereo mixes, two headphone outputs per channel, stereo/mono operation, elegant backlit controls and parallel XLR outputs for cascading multiple S418HAs. Whatever your headphone monitoring needs, Sterling helps you capture, and monitor, the moment.

Factory blemish involves paint blemish, but unit functions properly.

FEATURES
  • Factory-blemished 8-channel rackmount headphone amp
  • 8 discrete stereo amplifiers
  • 2 stereo main inputs allow for simultaneous two-input mix balance across all inputs
  • 8 stereo direct inputs for individual, discrete monitor mixes
  • Single rackspace for easy integration into existing rack rigs
  • Output level control and clip LED per channel
  • Mono/stereo engage switch for mono/stereo operation
  • External 17V DC power supply for low-noise operation
  • Parallel main outputs for cascading multiple S418HAs
  • Rugged steel chassis provides outstanding protection for years
  • Elegant faceplate with backlighting for easy operation in low light environments

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Sterling AudioFactory-blemished S418HA 8-Channel Rackmount Headphone Amplifier
 
4.6

(based on 7 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good value (5)
  • Great sound (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home audio (3)
  • Music (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5)

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4.0

Excellent for the price

By Scott

from Buffalo, NY

About Me Recording Engineer, Small Studio

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Pros

  • Good Value

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Live Recording
    • Monitoring
    • Recording Studio

    Comments about Sterling Audio Factory-blemished S418HA 8-Channel Rackmount Headphone Amplifier:

    This is a pretty decent option, comparable to a similar unit from ART, but I think it has a little better quality sound.

    I run a small home-based studio, recording bands and solo artists locally. This unit was an upgrade for my live recording room. There 8 headphone amps here and each has 2 outs. In theory, you could run 16 seats of phones off this one unit. (Wow?!) I haven't tested that.

    I have used it to record a full band, using the 2 main source inputs & individual ins to have different mix choices to send out. That gives me the option to give each musician their own mix, if needed.

    The amps themselves are decent. They are clean sounding, not too colored, and do the job for recording quite well. I've quick mixed tracks for immediate playback through this thing, as well. (No problems, but I usually mix through studio mons.)

    In short: If you need to send headphone outs to a large group, you can get 8 different mixes pushed thru this (if you have 8 mix outs) and even send those to up to 16 headphones. Not bad for a fairly inexpensive piece of gear.

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    • No
     
    5.0

    Great product

    By Dan N

    from Phoenix

    About Me Audiophile, Gear Head

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    Pros

    • Compact
    • Good Value
    • Great Sound
    • Stylish

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Audio
      • Music

      Comments about Sterling Audio Factory-blemished S418HA 8-Channel Rackmount Headphone Amplifier:

      The Hot Deal price was smokin'! An excellent product. The amps are powerful.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Nice headphone amp

      By Tim K

      from Illinois

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Stylish

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Audio
        • Music

        Comments about Sterling Audio Factory-blemished S418HA 8-Channel Rackmount Headphone Amplifier:

        This is a very versatile amp. Has 2 separate inputs that are selectable for each output. Also, the backlit panel is nice for low light situations. It is built very well.

        • Primary Use:
        • Listening to iPod
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Excellent live monitoring!

        By Joel the Man

        from Bronx, NY

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        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Good Value
        • Great Sound
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Music
          • Portable Devices
          • Working

          Comments about Sterling Audio Factory-blemished S418HA 8-Channel Rackmount Headphone Amplifier:

          Allows you to monitor live band between eight headphones on front of rack unit and an additional 8 on back of unit! Very clear sound and excellent for mixing down instruments and mic levels before a performance.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
           
          5.0

          Sounds Great, Built like a Tank!

          By Rich Chaos Recording

          from Kansas City

          About Me Gear Head

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Good Value
          • Great Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Audio

            Comments about Sterling Audio Factory-blemished S418HA 8-Channel Rackmount Headphone Amplifier:

            I bought this to use in my Studio. I need some extra headphone outs for live recording and found a great deal on Black Friday. I had no expectations coming in as it is a new product with a few reviews. Here is what I found....

            It is built like a tank, it is very heavy(This is a good thing to me). All of the components are well placed and put together and there are plenty of routing options to create multiple mixes. The LED lighting on the front is pretty cool looking, but it does seem to be a little distracting. That is all personal taste however and it does not affect my daily operations.

            The sound quality is what I was most concerned with. It sound Great. I did an A/B test against the headphone outs in my UA Apollo unit and the Sterling unit performed well. I could tell a slight difference in quality through my phones but that was with very critical ears.

            For a monitoring solution this unit is well built, sounds great, and has all the routing options I could hope for.

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            • No
             
            5.0

            So far, so good!

            By Pete

            from Tampa, FL

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Solid build

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sterling Audio Factory-blemished S418HA 8-Channel Rackmount Headphone Amplifier:

                This is built like a tank. It definitely has some weight to it. But the sound is perfect with no distortion. This is a huge upgrade over what I had been using. It's only been two weeks so far but this has helped me tremendously for my application. I had been using individual headphone amps to the musicians to give them personal in ear monitors. I threw this in a rack connected to my digital snake and it has helped my setup and tear down time. I wish I had done this a while ago as I set this up weekly.

                 
                4.0

                Worth more than I paid!

                By Chris

                from Portland, OR

                About Me Audio Engineer, Musician

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                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Good Value
                • Great Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Monitoring
                  • Recording/Tracking
                  • Recording Studio

                  Comments about Sterling Audio Factory-blemished S418HA 8-Channel Rackmount Headphone Amplifier:

                  This unit does exactly what it's supposed to do. It has 8 individual headphone amps, but 16 total outs. Lots of expandability to do multiple headphone mixes. The sound is good (especially if you're using for a tracking situation). The LED indicators are great, and the backlit design is beatiful and is especially great if working in low light.

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