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Professional 4-channel headphone amplifier for recording studios and broadcast facilities.

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 S204HA provides an upgraded user interface, balanced operation and more robust protectio Whatever your headphone monitoring needs, Sterling helps you capture, and monitor, the moment.

FEATURES
  • 4-channel headphone amp
  • Four stereo 1/4 in. headphone outputs
  • Flexible I/O including balanced dual 1/4 in. inputs and unbalanced 1/4 in. stereo inputs
  • Gold-plated inputs and outputs for superior conductivity
  • Front-mounted, full-range output knobs
  • External 17V DC power supply for low-noise operation
  • Sturdy aluminum chassis enclosed with rubberized casing
  • Power on LED

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Sterling AudioS204HA 4-Channel Professional Headphone Amplifier
 
4.4

(based on 9 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (7)
  • Durable (6)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Home studio (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (3)

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5.0

Solid choice for a small home studio

By kenren10

from Claymont, DE

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Sterling Audio S204HA 4-Channel Professional Headphone Amplifier:

    I got this on the SDOTD as I have never had a headphone amp and it would be nice to have others sing parts without having to use an omni patterned mic (actually, I love the way this sounds but it's hard to balance the volume of different voices). I was concerned about 2 things:
    1) it might be fragile
    2) it might not be loud enough for my needs
    To use a hackneyed phrase, it's built like a tank - even the knobs seem to be very sturdy and the headphone jacks don't wiggle as some devices I have used (usually because the jacks are mounted on the circuit board without any other support). As for volume, it was loud enough to make me uncomfortable. I don't play really loud music often, but unless you are standing right next to the drummer you should have no problems unless you don't have over-the-ear headphones...and even then, it's plenty loud. I noticed no distortion other than the low-end headphones I started testing with began to break up at near-full volume (a decent pair sounded even better). Bonuses: it's tiny and simple - I don't know if it had instructions as they are not needed. Recommended.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great solution for when volume is a challenge.

    By Waco Sam

    from Waco, TX

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Late night practices

    Comments about Sterling Audio S204HA 4-Channel Professional Headphone Amplifier:

    Good solution for when you want to practice late at night and volume can be a challenge with neighbors.

     
    5.0

    Excellent value

    By Scott

    from Memphis, TN

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    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Good Value
    • Great Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Audio
      • Music

      Comments about Sterling Audio S204HA 4-Channel Professional Headphone Amplifier:

      Not a serious recording guy, mainly just recording demos for my band in the bandroom to work on songs. I was using a cheapo Behringer headphone amp, and the guys really struggled to hear over the drums when everyone was plugged into the interface (didn't use amps, just sims to prevent bleeding into the drum mics). The Behringer disappeared somehow, so I figured I'd try something that could push a little more volume with its replacement.

      This fits the bill perfectly. With four sets of headphones plugged in, everyone could get to a comfortable, clear volume. There's not much more to say about it other than it works, and is very solidly built. I suppose if there's one complaint, it's that the power button on the front is kind of easy to hit by accident -- would have preferred a firm switch rather than a button that doesn't take much to press. Otherwise, no complaints, works like a champ.

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      5.0

      Very surprised and happy

      By LJ

      from Connecticut

      About Me Audiophile, Audio Producer, Gear Head, Studio Drummer, Studio Engineer

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Good Bass
      • Good Value
      • Great Sound
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Audio Recording
        • Home Audio
        • Music
        • Working

        Comments about Sterling Audio S204HA 4-Channel Professional Headphone Amplifier:

        Great product. Let's myself and my clients to listen to the mix together with separate headphones

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        2.0

        Noisy

        By Homerj

        from Jefferson City, MO

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        Pros

        • Compact

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Paperweight

        Comments about Sterling Audio S204HA 4-Channel Professional Headphone Amplifier:

        Home studio use. Noisy for all headphones except high ohm ones. There's a constant hiss. Plus, when I got it a knob had been put on differently than the other three and didn't line up when at 0. Of course that's an easy fix, pull it off and line it up, but on a brand new out-of-the-box item? Not a indication of high quality control. Thought about sending it back but what a pain. It was a Stupid Deal of the Day.

         
        5.0

        Glad I bought it!

        By Josh

        from Columbus, OH

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Sterling Audio S204HA 4-Channel Professional Headphone Amplifier:

          Got this on one of the Stupid Deals of the Day, and I'm really glad I did. The sound difference is really incredible! I record at home using a digital 16 track/interface, a laptop, etc. I figured the headphone outputs from those devices was fine. When I hooked this up, I was blown away by the sound difference! Everything was much louder and clearer, much more natural sounding. The 4 headphones outputs are terrific for tracking vocalists, drummers, etc. It might not be the absolute best on the market, but for the price, it's a very nice item. Very pleased with my purchase.

           
          5.0

          Great & I gt it at a grt price.

          By Pappu

          from Edison, NJ

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances

            Comments about Sterling Audio S204HA 4-Channel Professional Headphone Amplifier:

            This is a great unit and I got it at a great price on STUPID DEAL. I didn't know it had 2 kinds of inputs - Headphone & Left Right. I don't think the cheaper ones have this feature which comes in very handy as I noticed on my friends unit which only had the HP input.

             
            4.0

            Good for the price.

            By Jeff W.

            from Huntsville, Tx

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Sterling Audio S204HA 4-Channel Professional Headphone Amplifier:

            I actually have 2 of these units in my studio. These are a very affordable option for headphone amps. The sound is quite heavy on the low frequencies so it has to be compensated in the input signal. Would be nice if they had any type of built in eq. The volume is more than adequate.

             
            5.0

            yes

            By Chuck DoNotText Moss

            from byhalia,ms

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording

              Comments about Sterling Audio S204HA 4-Channel Professional Headphone Amplifier:

              I do recording in my area this is great for using up to 4 musicians

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