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Fostex HP-A4BL (the A4 with balanced output)

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by rafa, Dec 30, 2015.
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  1. RAFA
    Here the Link to the Japanese spec sheet:
    4 pole XLR-balanced output and inside a Burr-Brown PCM1792A. I believe the rest is basically the normal HP-A4.
  2. Toro
    more than that. It have a 12V DC power supply and higher output power than HP-A4.
  3. RAFA
    Ok, that is a mayor difference. The normal A4 could have been driven, by just an USB port.

    Did anyone notice the headphone in the background. It is not a TH900.
  4. sc0y
    Anyone have ideas how or when we could get our hands on this in the US?

    I was thinking about picking up the HP-A4 to pair with the TH-x00s, but this version has some obvious appeal since it's more powerful and the balanced out seem like a nice feature even though I don't currently have a use for it.
  5. derbigpr
    What is that new headphone in the background? It's not a TH-X00.
  6. sc0y

    Maybe that's part of the motivation behind the TH-x00s -- to get public feedback and further refine their next headphone.
  7. RAFA

    Maybe there will be a balanced TH-x00 in future...
  8. GrouchoMarx1933
    Subbed. I'm very curious how this ends up sounding and how much it costs.
  9. HiFiGuy528
    $399 USD
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  10. GrouchoMarx1933
    Ooooh, tempting!
  11. Frostillicus

    Any update on US release date?
  12. Villy
    Already on sale (below link), and for just $50 more than the unbalanced version. I'm curious though if they designed a new, fully balanced approach or rehashed the A4's design. Even if the latter it is still very tempting, hope someone posts a review soon.

  13. Peti
    Been looking for a USB amp/dac with balanced output and my No1 candidate so far was the Oppo HA-1. Now I just wait and see how this one will perform and looking forward for reviews/tests.
  14. Frostillicus

    Wouldn't you want the original? This one added ac power (from the wall). The original hp-a4 is great, as long as you aren't trying to drive the he-6 :)
  15. Peti
    As long as the original you mentioned has a balanced output I'm indeed interested...
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