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TEAC HA-P5 mobile headphone amplifier adds dsd

Made in TEAC’s own factory in Tokyo, the HA-P5 portable headphone amplifier (made of aluminium alloy and weighing just 182g) works with iOS and Android-based devices and delivers playback up to DSD 5.6MHz and PCM 24-bit/192kHz.

TEAC has chosen to base the HA-P5’s circuit design on that already used and proven in its UD-501 DAC and HA-501 headphone amplifier. Hi-res digital audio signals are routed via a Burr-Brown PCM1795 D/A converter before being passed to a Class A/B amplifier.

Two separate master clocks have been fitted to handle incoming 44.1kHz and 48kHz digital signals. Likewise, the four-pole headphone socket (also compatible with three-pole headphone plugs) features wholly separate left/right channel earth grounds.

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Status LEDs on the front of the unit indicate what sort of signal you’re listening to, as well as showing you how much battery power you have left (the HA-P5 is good for five hours of playback time on a single charge).

As well as USB type A and B inputs (for direct connection of iOS and Android-based source devices), the HA-P5 also sports optical and coaxial digital inputs, both of which will support signals of up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution. A line-level analogue output will also allow the HA-P5 to be hooked up to a conventional audio system when it’s used at home.

The HA-P5 features a faired-in volume control that will help avoid accidental volume changes while it’s in your pocket or bag. Price is £499

Click www.teac-audio.eu for more information.

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