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In Episode 011 of Head-Fi TV, we take a look at the Fostex HP-P1, a portable DAC (based on the AKM4480 32-bit DAC chip) for iDevices (iPhone / iPod / iPad), that has its own built-in headphone amp.  You may recall in Head-Fi TV Episode 003 we looked at another portable iDevice DAC--the Cypher Labs Algorhythm Solo--and we do discuss the Fostex HP-P1 relative to the Algorhythm Solo in this episode.

 


 

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Head-Fi TV Episode 011 produced by Joseph Cwik and Jude Mansilla

 

 

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650 to 800 bananas, wow what a price tag.

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Gotta love the episodes! That is a very hefty price tag though.

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Nice review Jude! Im always looking forward to your video reviews. beerchug.gif

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$650.00 street price -- worth every bit of it.  

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Good to know the DACs are more similar than different, however i wish Jude would've compared the amp section of the HP-P1 against the others he hand on hand...


Edited by vlach - 9/4/11 at 4:24pm
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$650.00 street price -- worth every bit of it.  


Have you heard it?

 

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Have you heard it?

 


Bought it -- Moon Audio.  Drew throws in a Silver Dragon LOD/USB, so IMO this is the best deal out there.  

 

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Doesn't look portable by any means.

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Doesn't look portable by any means.



Looks far more portable then lugging around a CLAS plus amp combo

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That doesn't make it portable though. I don't think many people could fit that and an iPod in their pocket comfortably.

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That doesn't make it portable though. I don't think many people could fit that and an iPod in their pocket comfortably.



You know now that I think about it it's a real shame the CLAS and Fostex stuff doesn't work with any DAP. If it did a nice clip+ combo would make it quite a nice portable option. As it is the only more portable option remaining is a iPod Nano which carries quite a premium price.

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That doesn't make it portable though. I don't think many people could fit that and an iPod in their pocket comfortably.


 

Since when does being able to put a device(s) in your pocket define portability?   This is no less portable than an iPod plus competent portable amp.  Compared to my previous go-to portable set-up, 160GB Classic/RSA SR 71-A, the HP P-1 is slightly bigger than the RSA but the total footprint feels pretty much the same.  SQ is exponentially better.  Mind blowingly so.  If I want to minimalist, yes I will go with IEMs/iPod and still have a good time.  Heck, I have a good time with the Nano and IEM's.  The sound from a stacked setup, whether CLAS or HP P-1 and with resolving enough 'phones, is whole different ballgame.

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Nice review!


Edited by AudioRook - 9/4/11 at 9:05pm
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