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post #61 of 289
Originally Posted by lbbef View Post

Just to share! Headfonia has a short review on the HP-A4:




Seems hard to believe that the A4, with a completely different DAC chip, would be better characterized as a "mini-A8" than would the A3 (the latter of which has a very similar AK DAC chip to the A8). Can anyone explain how it could be otherwise? I'm quite open-minded and curious about the A4, just haven't had a chance to hear it yet. This review seems counter-intuitive in some ways. Is the A4 really more V-shaped than the A3? This would be very useful to know.

post #62 of 289

I read everything up to the comment that it had a v-shaped signature. Then I unsubscribed.

post #63 of 289

I'll see if my local store has both the HP-A3 and HP-A4 demo sets and make a comparison. :) Stay tuned!

post #64 of 289

Given the U-shape of both the TH900 and the TH600 plus the sensible match with the HP-A8 I'd doubt that Fostex would give the A4 a V-shaped signature... but that is speculation of course. Would come as a surprise nevertheless...


The review seems to reflect the differences between the chips used in the previous Fostex DACs vs. this new model -- calling that signature V-shaped seems a bit far-fetched to me, but I'll have a listen in february.

post #65 of 289

I think he means V-shaped by direct comparison to the HP-A3 which is rather soft on both extremes (laid-back). He describes the sound as more punchy and dynamic, which is a common trait I've heard in many Sabre designs. That's great news, IMO.


I hope the A4 retains that slight sweetness that I love from the A3 (and, IMO, makes the "Fostex sound").

post #66 of 289

That would make more sense in my view, but it would have better then to claim that the A3 had more of an inverted U sound signature, rather than claiming that the A4 sounds more V-shaped in comparison. It makes me question what Headfonia considers neutral.


I guess the A4 is more aimed as a universal solution and it has a very good chance to do well there. Not a lot of competition in this market.

post #67 of 289
hello everyone, ive always preferred my denon ah-d2000, though the hd650 i quite liked as well (but boring for EDM and techno)

so i just bought a fostex th-600 from a very reputable member here at head-fi, but i am concerned about the setup, as i want the most synergy out of it.

i currently use a cambridge audio dacmagic (original) and a schiit asgard 2. i know that will be more than enough power for the th600, but mike at headfonia said its sound potentials change drastically with different amps, the more expensive the better.

i talked to a seasoned audiophile friend of mine, and he told me it is bs and the change arent really noticeable.

anyways TL;DR i was wondering if i should replace my setup with fostex's very own HP-A4, as it looks good both on paper and in real life, but i havent heard it yet.

can anyone give me a description of their experiences of pairing the th600 with the hp-a4??
i cant wait until i get the th600, and its quite easy for me to sell off my current dac and amp and order a hpa4 off avshop.ca

my dacmagic is neutral but very analytic sound, and the asgard 2 is slightly warm, laid back, but also very dynamic and energetic.
post #68 of 289

Hey guys!


Received my Fostex with Moon Audio Blue Dragon cable today


Here's a side by side comparison against my D2Ks, definitely a small unit.





post #69 of 289

Congrats, that looks very neat! Didn't realise the A4 was such a compact unit, until you put it next to the D2K!

post #70 of 289



Enjoying it already.

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post #72 of 289

I'm joining the club :) I just ordered one from pricejapan for $435. Should be here in two weeks I hope

post #73 of 289
Moon Audio has this in stock for $399.99. Better than ordering from Japan for those from the States:

post #74 of 289

Any word on how the HP-A4 performs with Beyer high imped. cans like the dt990 250 ohms.. version.....   thanks  OOK

post #75 of 289
Originally Posted by DenonFnatic View Post

Hey guys!


Received my Fostex with Moon Audio Blue Dragon cable today


Here's a side by side comparison against my D2Ks, definitely a small unit.






Did you import or order within Australia?

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