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WHAMMY Headphone Amplifier Full Kit

Original price $ 299.00 - Original price $ 299.00
Original price
$ 299.00
$ 299.00 - $ 299.00
Current price $ 299.00
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The WHAMMY Class-A headphone amplifier

Wayne Colburn, the genius at Pass Labs who for the last 25 years has designed essentially all the things that aren't speaker amplifiers, wanted to make a fun, high-performance, fantastic-sounding, Class-A, DIY headphone amp for this community. We call it:

Wayne's Headphone Amp Must Make Yourself

Yes, it's a silly name. But it's cute. And it explains a lot about it. So it stuck. 

Given the explosion in the popularity of headphones, as well as the unbelievable amount of choice and variety in the market, it seemed that a simple and great-sounding headphone amp would be a great addition to the DIY community. 

Because there are so many choices of headphones, from Planars to IEM's, high impedance or low, this amp will drive any headphone you want to throw at it (Well, not electrostatic headphones directly, no amp like this will, but it will happily drive a step-up transformer like Stax).

Wayne wanted a universal headphone amp for his desk. This is the fruit of that idea. It’s made to be made in an afternoon or an evening and it has no builder adjustments, so it’s going to have a high likelihood of success and completion for beginners and experienced DIYers

It's an all in one PCB, just wire the AC & fuse, input and output jacks. Add a selector switch if you like.

Class-A output stage with enough current to drive anything. It also makes a wonderful line stage with about 14db of gain.

You can purchase a full kit on this page, or a-la-carte to suit your budget or desire:

  2. WHAMMY Chassis
  3. WHAMMY Completion Kit
  4. WHAMMY Full Kit (this page)

The full kit includes everything you need to build the project (PCB, chassis and WHAMMY completion kit).

Please note: We have not yet produced a build guide using the new completion kit parts and the new chassis. However you can follow the original WHAMMY build guide and with some help from the forum to answer any questions you might have, you should be able to complete the build without too much trouble.



    How to build it

    Most of the info you need to complete this project can be found in the first 6 posts this thread, a well-illustrated guide showing how everything goes together.


    Here's a video of Wayne talking about the Whammy at Burning Amplifier Festival 2017 -- Wayne Colburn at BAF '17

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 73 reviews
    WHAMMY as a PreAmp for F6

    Just wanted to add some thoughts regarding WHAMMY as a PreAmp for F6 (powers Troels Gravesen's Discovery 861 DIY loudspeakers which are awesome) and some upgrades which have been made (Jantzen Audio Silver-Z caps and Sparkos Labs SS3602 Dual Opamp). It has been used for ~1,5 years as a headphone amp and I was very happy to listen to it (all stock components, AD823ANZ opamp). But as a preamp it was also very good, best I have ever heard. Plenty of details, pleasant to listen. Upgrading C1 and C5 to Jantzen Audio Silver-Z provided some additional clarity on highs, but SS3602 pushed it to another level. Everything has improved: much more precision on lows, bass guitar sounds much more clear, separated; punchier drums; vocals much more separated, articulated and pleasant; highs were good before, but with SS3602 become even more airy, so precise. Lower distortion gives an ability to listen louder with no fatigue. I expected some improvement, but SS3602 provided much more than I thought. Obviously, your experience may vary due to the different speakers, amp. But still, I highly recommend to try SS3602! Keep in mind that you'll have to provide some space by drawing back C3, C4, C9.

    I don't think that Silver-Z caps alone give a big difference compared to 5$ foil caps, but 40$ for 2 is not as much. Also worth trying.

    Rajan V.
    this is a keeper.

    built it over 2 easy days. worked straight after the build, no issues.

    Its rocking an audio technica M20X for now, (a very very economy phone, but one which has run-in atleast 1000 hours as a training e-drum monitor).
    this amp has become a motivation to audition few headphones. it deserves much better than what I have now.

    Also, was pleasantly surprised how well it drove my (bridged) pair of Amp camp amps and my DIY horn speakers.

    the kit did not come with:
    Pre-out RCA sockets, even though the back panel is drilled out for the same, and the shielded cable length provided for.
    A resistor for the blue power LED
    not an issue except for needing to run to the local parts store.

    I will be trying out a few opamps with this . including the burson discreet v6.

    Thank you Wayne,
    more karma points to you. I am a very happy user.

    Steve W.
    What a beauty!!!

    A fun build, sounds absolutely awesome as a headphone amp and just as great as a pre-amp.
    The original build guide was a great help.

    Beautiful kit and definitely highly recommended!!!

    Many thanks to Wayne for making this design available to us and the Diyaudio store guys for putting an awesome kit together.

    Vincent G.
    Awesome Headphone Amp

    Easy to construct, well designed PCB and high quality parts used and the result is a superb headphone amp.
    Amazing detail and dynamic range, wide open sound stage, neutral sounding.
    It is not the most compact headphone amp but what you loose in desktop space you gain in sound quality and enjoyment listening to your favourite artists and albums all over again.
    This headphone amp has tonnes of power available and can drive virtually all headphones to insanely loud levels. Tested with a range of headphones from Sennheiser, Beyer Dynamic and Audeze and they all sound amazing through this amp.
    You won't want to take your headphones off after listening to this amp.

    Jeremy Y.
    Amazing amp, lots of fun to build!

    This is the third amplifier I have build and I'm really happy with how it turned out. I went to the trouble of integrating a Khadas Tone Board DAC so it could be used as an "all in one" solution for my desk at work. It sounds great with my HD6XX and was a lot of fun to build. You can see more details about my build here.
    Thanks Wayne!

    Marcus G.
    High end headamp!

    A friend of mine trigged me into headphone listening. It is wonderful to be able to listen and enjoy music in the evening at real listening level.
    I am a great Pass / Colburn fan and falling across the Whammy I of cause had to give it a try.
    Recently I borrowed a set of Hifiman HA1000SE – whee this headphone and the Whammy really is capable putting my HD800 to the wall at a level I have not heard for a headphone before.
    Very detailed dynamic sound with energy and nerve I love. It really reveals every change done in my set-up.
    To bring it to best possible level I additionally used pure silver wiring, pure copper RCA connector, Jantzen Silver/Gold ac coupling capacitor, copper plates/mica underneath the output transistors, copper alloy screws, OP627 op-amp, Wima MKP10, some extra decoupling, silver solder lead and a 20Kohm 24 pole Elma shunt attenuator.
    Being proud of having additional Pass Gear and to honor Wayne I used a look alike chassis – gave up using the heat sink sides.
    For now it´s running 40mA bias – I have no clue how much extra performance can be gained by higher levels.
    My friend with the HA1000SE is in process of building a tube-based headamp and I can´t wait to compare the amps.
    Cool to be able to build something like this.
    Hi from Denmark and thanks everybody for contributing to this nice project – reading the very long tread was really inspiring.