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Fostex HP-A4

Fostex HP-A4

Headphone amplifier and D/A converter with USB interface

  • USB 2.0, with up to 24 bit / 192 kHz PCM audio
  • DSD with 2.8 / 5.6 MHz (DoP or ASIO)
  • Frequency range: 20 to 80,000 Hz +/- 3 dB (1 kHz, 32 ohm loaded, 100 mW, FS 192 kHz)
  • High-resolution audio playback via "FOSTEX Audio Player" software
  • USB bus-powered
  • Asynchronous data transfer via USB interface
  • Selectable digital filter
  • Headphone output with switchable amplifier gain
  • Analog RCA outputs and S/PDIF in- and output (optical) enable operation as a stand-alone converter and line preamplifier
  • MicroSD slot for future firmware updates
  • Dimensions: 113 x 34 x 155 mm
  • Weight approx. 500 g
  • For Windows XP SP2 (XP 64-bit is not supported), Vista, 7.8, and MacOS X 10.6.1 or later
  • Incl. USB cable and 4 rubber feet

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Hard pressed to find a better Dac in this price range!

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S5690, 30.12.2014
A/B'd against: Dac Magic Plus (£350)
Xonar Essence One (£350)
Arcam IrDac (£400)
Running through the headphone amplifiers on each device using Sennheiser HD 600 headphones

By no means am I an audiophile: I appreciate clean, detailed sound and am drawn to a sonic balance (neutrality). This Dac really gives others in its price range a run for their money!

I bought the HP-A4 for around £200 and the only Dac that surpassed it was x2 the price (Arcam IrDac) which it does by a small margin... In my opinion, the Fostex trumps the Xonar in sound quality: it has punch in the bass, a clean mid-section, which, the Xonar seemed to become muddy and a bit too messy and too forward.
The Dac Magic Plus was very close in sonic quality! shockingly close. The only difference I could tell from the small amount of time I had with this device was the treble of the Dac Magic getting slightly lost in a Rage Against the Machine song (I do not recall) in the treble region; I believe this was because the Fostex has a brighter top end by a light notch, giving it the edge in detail, whereas the Dac Magic seemed very laid back and neutral; I had high expectations for the Dac Magic considering it cost £150 more; the difference was minimal and the HP-A4 was my winner here.

Describing the tone of the Fostex HP-A4 I'd say laid back with punch and edge; simply put: Tight-punchy bass, a cleverly revised mid section (extremely clean despite being subtly reduced), and detailed highs with a slight treble boost to give life to cymbals and such.

A side note: don't be alarmed by the reduced mids, what Fostex have done is make an awesome sounding unit while not making it dull and lacking in any way. My ears actually hear a reduction in the muddier frequencies to give recordings more space and a cleaner reproduction.
Definitely recommend this Dac/Pre-amp!
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Un bon DAC/ampli catégorie audiophile

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José4938, 10.05.2014
Tout a fait satisfaisant au regard du prix payé. Je recommande cet achat!
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