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Fostex HP-A8C

Fostex HP-A8C

Audiophile Headphone Amplifier and D / A Converter

  • 32-Bit Hi-Fi converter chip from the AKM (AK4399)
  • Discretely constructed analogue section for the headphone amplifier
  • Meets USB 2.0 standards with up to 32-bit/192 kHz (Windows: 24-bit)
  • Asynchronous operation with highly accurate TCXO clock (temperature-compensated quartz oscillator)
  • Extremely precise volume control
  • High-capacity toroidal transformer for voltage supply
  • Built-in SD card drive (SDHC) for playback of DSD files and for easy firmware updates
  • Clock internal / external selectable (except for USB and SD card playback)
  • Built-in up-sampling function (off, x2, x4), switchable digital filter ( "Sharp Roll-Off" and "minimum delay") by Asahi Kasei for pre-echo compensation
  • Direct output to bypass the volume control
  • Variable headphone amplifier gain from 0dB to -12dB by 0.5dB increments (for a perfect match with any type of headphones)
  • Comprehensive input section: USB, AES / EBU, S / PDIF coaxial, 2x S/PDIF optical, analogue RCA
  • Remote control included
  • Excellent readable OLED display
  • Dimensions (W x H x D: )213 x 78 x 314 mm
  • Weight approx. 3.75 kg

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Jean-Marie2424, 29.09.2016
Un son plein, très belle image large et profonde, assez étonnant à ce prix. Connecté en direct à un apmli Electrocompaniet a250 et une paie de ML Aeon II, remplit parfaitement son office.
Je le conseille fortement
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Erwartungshaltung übertroffen!

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Jan Grimm, 21.02.2017
Den Fostex HP A8C nutze ich daheim bzw. im Büro an meiner jeweiligen Arbeitsstelle zum Betreiben meiner zahlreichen Kopfhörer zum Musikhören während der Arbeit.

Ich erhoffte mir vom HP A8C, dass er:

- per USB meine Soundkarte (zuvor Soundblaster ZxR (im Spielebereich mit das Beste, was zu bekommen ist)) ersetzt
- ein neutralen Klang spielt
- genügend Power für Beyer T1 und ähnlich hochohmige Kopfhörer bereitstellt
- problemlos funktioniert und jedweden 'Ton des PCs' überträgt

Nun, was kann man noch groß sagen, außer dass er noch besser ist, als zunächst erwartet? Die PCIe-Soundkarte löst er natürlich um Welten ab (besonders was die Lautstärke angeht), neutral spielt er ebenfalls (betrieben mit 192.000 Hz und 32 Bit Tiefe).

Standardmäßig ist kein AMP-Gain eingestellt, das habe ich jedoch gemacht (+ 10), damit alle Kopfhörer wirklich noch Luft haben was die Lautstärke angeht. Besonders beim Beyer T1 war ich oft an der -2,-3 dB(A)-Grenze. Demnach ist es immer schöner, wenn man sieht, dass man noch Luft hat und noch lauter machen *könnte*.

Die Verbindung zum PC klappte anfangs gar nicht (an dieser Stelle eine Warnung an Käufer: Es liegt KEIN USB-Verbindungskabel bei), das lag allerdings an meinem System und nach einer frischen Installation des Betriebssystems, Windows 10, funktioniert es dann endlich direkt und auf Anhieb. Mittels eigenem USB-Kabel eingesteckt, lief direkt die windowseigene Treibersuche und installierte alles, was benötigt war. Anschließend habe ich in den Einstellungen noch 192 KHz und 32 Bit eingestellt, kurzer Neustart des (Windows-) Systems und die Änderungen waren übernommen (das Display des Fostex zeigte dann auch korrektermaßen die 192 KHz an).

Die Verbindung zum MacBook lief ähnlich unkompliziert. Per USB-Kabel verbinden und schon war es seitens Mac OS X zum Standardgerät ausgewählt worden. Programme, Apps bzw. Anwendungen, die gegenwärtig liefen (bezieht sich auf Windows und Mac) mussten neugestartet werden, damit das Standardausgabegerät umgeschaltet werden konnte. Am einfachsten ist Letzteres durch einen PC-Neustart zu bewerkstelligen.

Bis zum heutigen Tage leistet mir der Fostex seine treuesten Dienste, ohne dass er jemals zickte, spinnte oder nicht wollte. Das Einzige, was ich bis heute nicht herausgefunden habe, ist die Möglichkeit, den Fostex aus dem Schlafmodus wieder zu wecken. Da dieser aber selten (zumindest bei meiner Nutzung) eintritt, ist das nicht allzu schlimm. Zumal das Gerät auch nicht lange startet bzw. braucht, um den Betrieb initial aufzunehmen.

Abschließend kann ich jedem Interessierten, dem das passende Kleingeld bereitliegt, nur raten, den Fostex HP A8C als KHV zu nehmen. Seine vielseitigen Möglichkeiten und Anschlüsse machen ihn zu einem echten Allrounder, auch, wenn ich nur per USB bzw. Lichtsignalkabel arbeite.
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