Tag Archives: Headphone Amplifier

Ceres Combines The Best Of Tube Amp With Modern Tech For Just $99

The demand for more compact and efficient audio amplification has resulted in the good’ol tube amp making way for far more compact digital circuitry. It is a sacrifice music lovers have made without realizing it. However, if you are one music lover who realize the lack of the warm offered by tube amp, here’s a little gadget that may delight you. Meet Ceres Hybrid Tube Amplifier by Pi 2 Design. Ceres aims to deliver classic, warm tube amplified audio, through a Single Tube Architecture. It features a dual-triode tube that amplifies incoming signal before piping it through a Class A Solid State buffer to ensure it has the required power to drive a wide variety of headphones. Continue reading Ceres Combines The Best Of Tube Amp With Modern Tech For Just $99

Sony Signature Series Hi-Res Audio Range Will Make Your Wallet Yelp

If you are looking for some serious audiophile sound with the look to match, then perhaps you might be interested in Sony’s newest addition to its audiophile range. The Ultimate Signature Series Audio Range announced earlier this month comprises of two Walkman players (NW-WM1Z and NW-WM1A), a pair of reference standard headphones (MDR-Z1R), and a headphone amplifier (TA-ZH1ES) – all aimed to heightened your music enjoyment through meticulous engineering and crafted from the highest quality materials selected based on their acoustic merits. Continue reading Sony Signature Series Hi-Res Audio Range Will Make Your Wallet Yelp

Cobble Lets You Enjoy Your Music On iPhone Without Headphone Jack

Fans around the world have their hands up in the air when the rumor of the next iPhone will do without a headphone jack. If so, it is likely iPhone’s headphone will go Bluetooth as standard, or there’s a slim odd that audio will go through the Lightning connector. Whatever the case might be, Cobble by Taiwan-based Teicneo is one step ahead in solving this future woe that Apple users will face. Cobble is an audio amplifier, but unlike today’s flock of audio amplifiers, it does not leverage on the headphone jack; instead this pebble-shape gadget uses the Lightning port. At a glance, the device looks like a super tiny travel mouse but void of any physical button and has a ’tail’ with a Lightning connector at the end. Continue reading Cobble Lets You Enjoy Your Music On iPhone Without Headphone Jack

CEntrance Packs a Headphone Amp, DAC and a Portable Battery into One Uber Sleek iPhone Case

Coming from a company knows a thing or two about portable media player, it is no surprise that iPhone is capable of handling high-resolution audio, but as any audiophile would tell you, the ability to playback does not equate to high-quality sound. Fortunately, you have a slew of options in the market today, such as portable headphone amplifier and DAC, to up your iPhone’s sonic performance, but professional audio equipment maker CEntrance thinks it can do better; it has designed an iPhone case that will not only protect your precious iDevice, but also features a built-in headphone amplifier and Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) to up your iPhone’s sonic performance many times over, plus an integrated battery pack to boot. Continue reading CEntrance Packs a Headphone Amp, DAC and a Portable Battery into One Uber Sleek iPhone Case

Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier

you have put down good money for a pair of high-end headphones, now you own it to yourself and that shiny new headphones to ensure awesome tunes come pumping through and the Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier is one worthy candidate if you have the extra bits of dough to spare. billed as a reference-quality analog headphone amplifier, the Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier caters to virtually all types of headphone that deliver audio from both analog and USB-based sources. the design is unmistakably Meridian, which we must admit, was the first to draw our attention to it. clad in a Allen-Boothroyd designed metal enclosure, the Prime also offers a preamplifier output for driving an external audio system or analog active loudspeakers. the chassis’s design is more than just skin deep; it features a dual-skinned design of interlocking extrusions that is said to minimize the interference to the electronics within. Continue reading Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier

Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC

heard a lot about DAC and how your demanding sound holes can benefit from it, but lack of the desktop real estate for one? well, then you will have no more such excuse for not getting one with the Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC. described as “pint-sized” by its maker, the DacMagic XS USB DAC is so called for its ridiculously small package which measures just 30 x 10 x 53.5 mm (1.2 x 0.4 x 2.1 inches) and that size, btw, is actually smaller than a regular matchbox. its high-quality 24-bit digital-to-analog converter uses asynchronous USB audio clocking that supports both USB Class 1 and USB Class 2 to output anything from regular MP3 files to high-resolution 24-bit/192KHz recordings, free from noise, jitter and distortion. Continue reading Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC

Sony PHA-2 Portable Hi-Res DAC and Amplifier

looking for well-rounded portable headphone amplifier? well, then the Sony PHA-2 Portable High Resolution DAC and Amplifier might be worthily of an investigation. the PHA-2 promised to up the ante of your on-the-go music enjoyment and it is the first portable DAC/amplifier to be compatible with virtually every high-resolution digital file format, including up to 192 kHz/24-bit PCM, as well as both DSD (2.8 MHz) and Double DSD (5.6 MHz). of course, you can also expect upgraded sound quality with your regular MP3 files, as well as music from other sources. Continue reading Sony PHA-2 Portable Hi-Res DAC and Amplifier

GEEK USB Headphone Amplifier

so you got yourself a mega pricey, awesome audio cans, but what’s the point if your laptop can’t power it to make your money you dropped on the headphones worth? a headphone amplifier should help to resolve that underpowered issue, but if you are going enjoy the same amped up music on the road, you will need a little assistance from the GEEK USB Headphone Amplifier. about the size of a USB flash drive, the GEEK USB Headphone Amplifier not only amplifies the output for clearer sound through your cans, but it also has a digital-to-audio converter (DAC) that processes the digital signal, letting you hear what the music is mean to be heard. the best part is, getting those awesome sounds only require you to plug the GEEK USB Headphone Amplifier directly into your laptop’s USB port, followed by your prized audio cans into its integrated 3.5mm audio headphone jack. speaking of which, it has not one but two audio headphone jack, so you and one other friend can enjoy to the awesomeness at the same time. Continue reading GEEK USB Headphone Amplifier

NuForce Icon DAC and Headphone Amplifier

Android users who are looking to up their ante in the audio department can finally rejoice. the latest incarnation of the NuForce Icon amplifier, the NuForce Icon DAC and Headphone Amplifier, now delivers the latest in mobile device connectivity by supporting USB audio for Android devices – though it is worthy to note that only devices on Android 4.1.1 and above, and with OTG will be supported. as the model name implies, this new Icon is both a Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) and a headphone amplifier, and it can also be used as a pre-amp. features include analog RCA and digital coaxial output, a 6.3mm headphone output jack, RCA and 3.5mm analog inputs, USB input, DAC sampling rates up to 96kHz, 32 bits resolution and direct-stream digital (DSD) decoding, and for headphones-based audiophiles, you’d be glad to know that it is capable of driving 600-ohm headphones, which means the audio cans amplification department is totally covered – even if you have the highest end audio cans. Continue reading NuForce Icon DAC and Headphone Amplifier

ASUS Xonar Essence STU USB DAC/Headphone Amp

looking for a USB DAC/headphone amp that is scalable without breaking the bank? well, the good news is, that ideal of yours ain’t too farfetched – thanks to the ASUS Xonar Essence STU USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier. while the Xonar Essence STU may looks like an external soundcard add-on for your computer, it is really more than that. based on ASUS Xonar Essence ST/STX, the STU offers an even more premium audio quality plus easy controls and connectivity for audiophiles who wants both a good DAC and headphone amplifier in one sleek unit. well, maybe it ain’t the sleekest of the sleek, but as far as geek’s gears go, it looks pretty ‘decent sleek’. Continue reading ASUS Xonar Essence STU USB DAC/Headphone Amp