“ For some time I've been looking for a decent piece of kit to travel with. Previously I tried a HeadRoom Portable Desktop amp/dac, but didn't like the overall sound, though the DAC was good. The Fostex, allowing digital output from an iPod or iPad to a high-quality DAC is more appealing, especially as it was reported to have a half-decent headphone amp. Something has to give in...” --Currawong
“ Firstly thank you to Fostex for this opportunity borrow the HP-V8 for a week Introduction Fostex has made desktop integrated DAC/Amps before with their HP-A8, HP-A4BL and compact HP-A3. The HP-V8 is a different beast altogether. It's a tube amp using 300B, KT88 and E88CC tubes and is as large as some speaker based amplifiers. It's almost like an announcement that Fostex is stepping...” --AnakChan
“ Please bear with me, I'd consider myself still a noob when it comes to desktop DAC/Amps. Although I've heard a few DAC Amps in quite a few public headphone festivals, most aren't heard with my headphones nor my source tracks of music. And I'm still mostly learning from the gurus here in this forum and from Japan Head-Fiers. So this initial impressions will be somewhat...” --AnakChan
Model HP-A4BL, designed being based on the current HP-A4, is an affordable USB DAC & Headphone amp offering balanced connection for headphones that is becoming more popular in the market. In addition to the balanced headphone out, it also complies with DSD Audio up to 11.2MHz.