HC6S Headphone Amplifier (Discontinued)

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HC6S Headphone Amplifier


The Rane HC6S is one of the most indispensable products in today’s audio industry. Featuring six stereo headphone amplifiers, the HC6S performs a number of necessary tasks, not all of which are headphone related.

The HC6S provides Master stereo Inputs which can be used to drive any or all of the 6 stereo headphone amplifiers. A Mono switch on the front panel drives both channels of all 6 amplifiers from a common mono source. Six individual unbalanced stereo Inputs are available to drive any individual amplifier from a separate stereo source. These Inputs can be converted to mono balanced Inputs through internal jumpers if required. Outputs for all six channels are provided on the front panel and on the rear panel so that headphones may be connected on either side. Two pairs of headphones may be driven from each channel, one pair connected to the front and one to the rear.

The HC6S is capable of delivering up to 500 milliwatts into headphones with rated impedances between 32-600 Ω. The precise amount of power depends on the exact impedance of the headphone in use and the number of headphones connected to the unit. Under most conditions, the HC6S produces sound pressure levels in excess of 120 dB, more than adequate for most listeners.



  • 6 independent stereo headphone amplifiers
  • Master balanced or unbalanced stereo inputs with Master Level
  • Six unbalanced stereo Inputs can drive each amplifier
  • Front and rear Output jacks
  • Six Output Level controls
  • Stereo / Mono switch



Power Output:1 Channel DrivenMax average rms power, 20-20 kHz
 5005%mW 32 Ω headphones
 5005%mW 50 Ω headphones
 5005%mW100 Ω headphones
 3005%mW200 Ω headphones
 2005%mW300 Ω headphones
 1205%mW600 Ω headphones
 6 Channels Driven   
 2505%mW 32 Ω headphones
 2505%mW 50 Ω headphones
 2505%mW100 Ω headphones
 2005%mW200 Ω headphones
 1005%mW300 Ω headphones
 1205%mW600 Ω headphones
(Note: Above values produce loudness levels of 120 dB in most headphones)
Headphone Impedance Range32-60010%ΩFor best performance
Inputs: TypeActive Balanced/Unbalanced   
.....Connectors1/4" TRS  Balanced
.....Maximum Level+201dBu 
Outputs: Type(6) Stereo Amplifiers  (6) Outs front + (6) Outs rear
.....Connectors1/4" TRS  Tip = Left, Ring = Right
.....Impedance0.25typ.ΩHeadphone Outputs
Overall Gain RangeOff to +201dB 
LED Threshold: Signal Present-201dBuInput Level
Ultrasonic Filter20 kHz, 6 dB/octave5%HzLinear phase
Frequency Response20-20 kHz+0/-3dB 
THD+Noise @ 1 kHz0.002.002%150 mW / 200 Ω
THD+Noise 20-20 kHz0.02.01%150 mW / 200 Ω
IM Distortion (SMPTE)0.03.01%60 Hz / 7 kHz, 4:1, 150 mW / 200 Ω
Signal-to-Noise Ratio-962dBre 150 mW / 200 Ω, A-weighted
Mean Time Between Failure20,500 HrsMil Hdbk-217D, Section V
Unit: ConformityCE, FCC, cULus   
Unit: Line Voltage100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz VAC12W Max Power
Unit: ConstructionAll Steel   
.....Size1.75"H x 19"W x 5.3"D (1U)(4.4 cm x 48.3 cm x 13.5 cm)
.....Weight5 lb  (1.9 kg)
Shipping: Size4.25" x 20.3" x 13.75" (1U)(11 cm x 52 cm x 35 cm)
.....Weight9 lb  (4.1 kg)
Note: 0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms

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