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Premium Desktop DAC and Headphone Amplifier

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Fostex HP-A8C

Premium Desktop DAC and Headphone Amplifier

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Fostex HP-A8C Premium Desktop DAC and Headphone Amplifier

The Fostex HP-A8C Premium Desktop DAC and Headphone Amplifier Offer an Incredible Listening Experience

The new HP-A8C is Fostex's flagship 32bit DAC / Headphone Amplifier model and features finely designed Analog and Digital circuitries as well as the epoch-making DSD audio playback function.

More than just a Pretty Face

The Fostex HP-A8C Premium Desktop DAC and Headphone Amplifier Offer an Incredible Listening Experience

Housed in a gorgeous enclosure featuring glass front panel and black side panel, the HP-A8C is set to spark the interest of both high-end headphone users as well as PC audio makers, professionals and enthusiasts.

Partner with the new Fostex TH-900 or Fostex TH-900mk2 premium headphones for excellent results (Fostex TH-900 and Fostex TH-900mk2 sold separately.)

HP-A8C Interfacing & Remote

The Fostex HP-A8C Premium Desktop DAC and Headphone Amplifier Offer an Incredible Listening Experience

When it comes to I/O, the HP-A8C is particularly well equipped with 2x optical and coaxial digital in, optical and coaxial digital out, analog in and out on RCA, USB , AES/EBU and an SDHC card slot for playback of DSF format audio direct from the card. (SD card also used for firmware updates). Twin headphone jacks are present on the front panel. The compact full function remote control gives remote access to all major HP-A8C functions

USB Driver for Windows (V.2.03)

Dedicated USB driver software is necessary to install on PC for Windows. Mac OS (10.6.1 or later) works with its own USB driver. Please be sure to uninstall the old driver software before installing this software.




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General Features:

  • Fostex HP-A8C Premium Desktop DAC and Headphone Amplifier
  • Built-in up-sampling function of x 2 and x4
  • Large capacity toroidal power transformer
  • High fidelity 32bit D/A converter (Asahi Kasei's AK4399) and all discrete analog circuitry headphone amplifier.
  • Complies with USB Audio Class 2.0 up to 32bit / 192kHz (24bit on Windows)
  • Asynchronous mode by highly precise TCXO (Temperature Compensated Cristal Oscillator) clock.
  • Highly precise level adjustment by an electronic volume designed for audio equipment. Built-in SD (SDHC) card drive for epoch-making DSD file (DSF format) reproduction in addition to the firmware update.
  • Selectable between the internal clock and the external clock (except for USB and SD card)
  • Digital Filter selection between the conventional "sharp roll-off" and the "minimum delay" developed by Asahi Kasei to eliminate pre-echo.
  • Direct Out mode bypassing the volume control circuit.
  • Variable headphone amplifier's gain from 0dB to -12dB by 0.5dB step for perfect match with any type of headphones.
  • Various inputs including USB, AES/EBU, Coaxial, Optical (x2) and analog RCA.
  • A dedicated Remote Controller is supplied.
  • Beautiful white Organic LED for the display
  • Partner with the new Fostex TH-900 or Fostex TH-900mk2 premium headphones for excellent results.
  • Power Consumption: 24 W
  • Dimensions: 213mm(W) x 78mm(H) x 314mm(D)
  • Weight: approx. 3.75kgs
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Input Specifications:

  • USB port sampling frequency: up to 32bit/192kHz (24bit on Windows)
  • Interface: USB high speed
  • Digital (Optical) Connector x 2: optical, square
  • Format: S/PDIF (44.1kHz – 192kHz)
  • Digital (Coaxial) Connector: RCA Pin
  • Format: S/PDIF (44.1kHz – 192kHz)
  • Analog Connector: RCA Pin (L, R)

Output Specifications:

  • Phones 1,2 Connector: Stereo phone
  • Max Output: 700mW (32-ohm loaded)
  • Opt load Impedance: 16 ohm – 600 ohm
  • THD: less than 0.002% at 1kHz, 32-ohm loaded, 100mW
  • Frequency response: 10Hz - 80kHz +-0.3dB
  • Analog Connector: RCA Pin
  • Opt load impedance: more than 10k ohm
  • THD: less than 0.002% at 1kHz
  • Frequency response: 10Hz - 80kHz +-0.3dB
  • Digital Connector: Optical, square
  • Format S/PDIF

What's in the Box?

  • Fostex HP-A8C Premium Desktop DAC and Headphone Amplifier
  • 1 x remote controller
  • Manual

Headphone Amplifier Specifications

Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC)
A Digital-to-Analog converter (also known as a DAC) converts a digital audio signal into an analog signal. This is especially helpful for listen to music from digital sources, such as iPods and smart phones.
Built-in
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the amplifier will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
10 - 80,000 Hz
THD (Total Harmonic Distortion)
The amount of change in harmonic content of the signal as it is amplified. A lower figure indicates less change and a more accurate amp. THD below 0.10% is inaudible.
0.002%
Input Connection
This is the manner in which the headphone amplifiers receive an input audio signal.
Coaxial and Optical
Output Connection
This is the manner in which the headphone amplifier will output the audio signal.
1/4" Plug
Number of Outputs
Some headphone amplifiers have a built-in splitter so multiple pairs of headphones can be connected to it. The number specified here is the number of headphones that can be connected to the amplifier.
2
Output Power
This is the output wattage of the headphone amplifier. It is measured in mW.
700 mW
Output Impedance
This is the output impedance of the headphone amplifier.
16 - 600 ohms
Width
The width of the item from left to right (side-to-side) measured in inches.
8.38"
Height
The height of the item, measured from top to bottom, in inches.
3.07"
Depth
The front-to-rear depth of the item, in inches. If the item is angled or slanted, this value is the bottom measurement.
12.36"
Amplifier Style
Some headphone amplifiers are designed to be portable and others are meant to be placed on a desk. This will tell you what style of amplifier this item is.
Desktop

DAC Specifications

Output Impedance
This is the amount of impedance that the microphone allows.
16 - 200 ohms
THD (Total Harmonic Distortion)
The amount of change in harmonic content of the signal as it is amplified. A lower figure indicates less change and a more accurate amp. THD below 0.10% is inaudible.
0.002%
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
10 - 80,000 Hz
Digital Inputs
The type of digital inputs the digital-to-analog converter features.
S/PDIF Optical (TOSLINK)
Sample Rate
32-bit at 192 kHz

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Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

HPA8C

UPC

636827302456

Weight

1.50lbs

Internal SKU

hpa8c

Internal Product ID

107165

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

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