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Portable Listening Amplifiers and DACs: First Look
The VP-V1 from Fostex is a high performance portable vacuum-tube headphone amplifier, which amplifies the sound of line-level playback equipment, such as a portable audio player, and outputs through a dedicated headphone jack. The vacuum tube on the primary stage, coupled with the custom Fostex capacitor delivers a rich textured sound from any audio source. A Hi/Lo gain switch is provided to drive a broad selection of headphones, while the built-in Lithium-ion battery charges in 3.5 hours and provides up to 10 hours of continuous playback. The HP-V1 ships with a 3.9" / 100mm cable with 1/8" / 3.5 connectors and an AC power adapter.
Headphone amplifier uses a vacuum tube (6N16B-Q) on the primary stage and OPAMP on the secondary stage (no DAC built in)
2 x 3.5mm stereo mini jack inputs on front (priority) and rear to fit to any type of player unit
Hi/Lo Gain switch to drive various type of headphones
Approx. 10 hours continuous operation from the rechargeable Lithium Ion battery
Coupling capacitors consist of Fostex’s original large film capacitor and electrolytic capacitor
Easy-to-carry, light-weight design: 13.8 oz / 390.0 g
Robust aluminum chassis
100mm high quality “HiFC”* stereo mini cable included