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Fostex HPA8C MK2 DAC and Headphone Amp
Fostex present their latest version of their acclaimed HPA8 digital to analogue converter. The HPA8 Mk2 is equipped with high-quality 32bit-DA conversion (AK4490), an all discrete circuit and a built-in headphone amp.
Sampling frequencies of up to 32 bit/192 kHz are supported through Fostex’s specially developed USB driver. In addition, the unit supports DSD* 11.2 MHz (ASIO).
*DSD playback on Mac is compatible up to 5.6 MHz
Defining this unit just as a headphone amplifier and DAC is not giving justice to it. The audio quality is very good, making this unit to be able to stand as a preamp in a decent hifi chain. Colourless, a "what you hear is what you play" kind of unit. It benefits of the use of balanced digital input, but I got excellent results also from the analogue-in connected to my Pro-Ject turntable.The only reason why I haven't given 5 stars is the remote. Quite a shame to see that the remote is a general purpose model, with buttons not working or labelled wrongly. This machine deserves a better, dedicated remote!Despite the poor remote, a "would buy it again" product for me.
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