Fostex HP-P1 Portable DAC for iPhone, iPod and iPad (With Built-In Headphone Amp) - Head-Fi TV, Episode 011

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  1. jude Administrator
    NOTE:  If you can't see the embedded video above, please CLICK HERE to see the video.
    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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    Products mentioned in the video:

    1. Fostex HP-P1 portable digital iPod/iPhone/iPad DAC and headphone amplifier
    2. Cypher Labs Algorhythm Solo portable digital iPod/iPhone/iPad DAC
    3. Apple iPod 160GB portable media player
    4. Apple iPhone mobile phone and portable media player
    5. Apple iPad tablet computer and media player
    6. HiFiMAN HM-801 portable media player, DAC and headphone amp
    7. JH Audio JH-16 Pro custom in-ear monitors
    8. Westone ES5 custom in-ear monitors
    9. Ray Samuels Audio Shadow headphone amplifier
    10. TTVJ Slim portable headphone amplifier
    11. HeadAmp Pico Slim portable headphone amplifier
    12. Audeze LCD-2 planar magnetic headphones
    13. AKG K 340 hybrid electret / dynamic headphones (discontinued)
    14. Sennheiser HD 800 headphones
    15. HiFiMAN HE-6 headphones
    16. Ray Samuels Audio SR-71B fully balanced portable headphone amp
    17. Sennheiser HD 558 headphones
    18. Sennheiser HD 598 headphones
    19. Grado HF-1 (Grado Head-Fi Series) headphonest
    20. V-MODA Crossfade M-80 headphones
    21. Sennheiser / adidas HD 25-1 II Originals headphones
    22. beyerdynamic DT 1350 headphones



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



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  2. DigitalFreak
    650 to 800 bananas, wow what a price tag.
  3. Austin Morrow
    Gotta love the episodes! That is a very hefty price tag though.
  4. cifani090
    Nice review Jude! Im always looking forward to your video reviews. [​IMG]
  5. Il Mostro
    $650.00 street price -- worth every bit of it.  
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  6. vlach
    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...
  7. vlach


    Have you heard it?
  8. vlach
    Post removed.
  9. Il Mostro


    Bought it -- Moon Audio.  Drew throws in a Silver Dragon LOD/USB, so IMO this is the best deal out there.  
  10. keanex Contributor
    Doesn't look portable by any means.
  11. DigitalFreak


    Looks far more portable then lugging around a CLAS plus amp combo
  12. keanex Contributor
    That doesn't make it portable though. I don't think many people could fit that and an iPod in their pocket comfortably.
  13. DigitalFreak


    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.
  14. Il Mostro


    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.
  15. AudioRook
    Nice review!
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