Pass Labs HPA-1

Discussion in 'Headphone Amplifiers and Combo (DAC/Amp) Units' started by Rotijon, Nov 23, 2015.

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    FirstWatt looks much cooler then Pass Labs.
     
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    Tyll Hertsens of Innerfidelity writes briefly about the Pass Labs HPA-1 headphone amp on his CES 2016 - Day 3 report:
    http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/ces-2016-day-three#woC1bVSy4ZFhloKA.97

    Apparently Pass Labs chose not to have XLR balanced inputs or outputs based on their assessment that most headphone buyers use SE only... but I wonder if that is valid at the $3,500 price point of their headphone amp. Ah well, I just had to re-read Marv's post: http://www.superbestaudiofriends.or...nd-better-discussion-for-noobs-and-boobs.733/
     
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    Can somebody with a knowledge of electronics give me an idea of the cost of the BOM on a product like this? I know all the parts in an IPhone add up to around one third the final MSRP. What would be the case here?
     
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    I love Nelson Pass' amps ... still have a chunky 60W Aleph 5 at home ... beautiful music reproduction.

    Tried creating an SPL thread with no success.

    I love my Phonitor 2730 ... defnilly a keeper!
     
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    Here are 2 quotes from the News section of the Reno Hi-Fi web site (an authorized dealer for Pass Labs):
    http://www.renohifi.com/news.htm

    "New PASS Products for 2015. (Copied from the PASS CES press release.)"

    "We introduced the first of two headphone amps at CES. This is the smaller one and will be single-ended only with 1/4" headphone jack."

    I did not locate the press release, but my guess is a balanced Pass Labs HPA-2 headphone amplifier will be released in 2016 or 2017.
     
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    If it sounds anything like their speaker amps, it should be darn good!
    I just hope he will make some FirstWatt headphone amps, cause FirstWatt looks cool asf
     
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    Nelson Pass should just make a scaled-down version of The Beast, enough power to drive planars or efficient speakers.
     
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    TTVJ loaner just arrived.
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    Wel... It is big. But it's not black.
     
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    HPA-1 (black)

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    Gentle on your cans.
     
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    After spending a few days with the HPA-1 it is definitely legit. I REALLY like it, just not sure I $3,500 like it. If this thing was $2k I'd buy one on the spot. $3,500 is just a huge ask.
     
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    Lucky you! Which headphones did you use? Some listening notes maybe?
     
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    I'll do a proper review next week after I have to send the loaner on to the next person.

    Mostly listening through HD600/650s as I'm still waiting on the HD800S to show its face to US retail.
     
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    Can you give any hints? :D
    Does it have that ultra smooth/liquid sound class A Pass Labs amps got?
     
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    I think it sounds like very well done solid-state. I'd describe it as neutral, powerful and clean. Very "wire-with-gain-ish."

    As you'd expect from a Pass product, it is not overly romantic sounding. I think this is a good thing, though some people may disagree.
     
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    Do you still have the dynalo mk2 on hand? Looking forward to your review and any comparative comments.
     

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