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So far in this forum I can only find headphone amps made in US or Europe (plus one from Hong Kong). Just curious whether there are Japanese manufacturers of headphone amp and how good they are compared to their US/Europearn peers in sound quality. Or perhaps Japanese headphones are made locally, in Japan, for listening without any head amp or for portable use?

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Audio Technica makes some amps. Their cheap ones don't sound so hot, I hear, and I can't remember anyone posting any thoughts on their high-end ones. They have one designed to go with the ATH-W2002 that available at Audio Cubes. All the Stax units come with amps, but of course those aren't good for dynamic headphones. There are probably more. ...

If you're just looking for stuff on your side of the world, not necessiarly Japanese, there are also some Hong Kong manufacturers. Antique Sound Labs comes to mind.

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If you're just looking for stuff on your side of the world, not necessiarly Japanese, there are also some Hong Kong manufacturers. Antique Sound Labs comes to mind.


When I visited Hong Kong earlier this year, I tried to buy an MG head from ASL, but I was told they don't sell it domestically. I'm not sure, but there's a possibility that it's easier to get an ASL amp in USA than in Asia... though it's from a Hong Kong company....
 
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It's possible that Divergent has exclusive distribution rights worldwide. Odd, but possible.
 
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The SAEC HP-2000:




The Yamamoto Soundcraft HA-01 (crappy pic, sorry):

 
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Audio-Technica AT-HA2002 Headphone Amp
 
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Isn't the CEC HD-51 made in Japan, too? By the way, I've just read that it's officially available in Germany now - for 670 Euro. Wasn't it like US$ 300 in Japan? It's almost the same pricing problem with Grado over here, though...

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Here's a small pic of the CEC HD 51

 
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I guess this is made in Japan
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vertigo-1,
have you heard either of those amps? i saw them the other day but they were all locked away behind glass and i was wondering if they are any good. the c.e.c. also.
 
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How is the sound of CEC? Hopefully good for 600 Euros. BTW, has anybody here ever purchased the complete Audio Technica Combo (W2002 incl. the amp)? Does the headphone and the amp really match each other?
 
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puck, nope, never heard either one. Probably never will either since my chances of visiting Japan are nil. I pulled that info off Headwize.
 
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How is the sound of CEC? Hopefully good for 600 Euros. BTW, has anybody here ever purchased the complete Audio Technica Combo (W2002 incl. the amp)? Does the headphone and the amp really match each other?
 
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