July 03, 2013 by Rachel Cericola
While you’re still clutching to records and discs, digital music is taking over. Sorry, but it’s true. You don’t have to like it, but you can accept it—and quite happily, if you have something like Sennheiser’s HDVD 800 digital amplifier in your setup.
The company just started shipping the long-awaited HDVD 800. The amp is specifically designed to drive some of Sennheiser’s headphones, including the HD 600, HD 650, HD 700 and HD 800.
Promising crisp sound and a detailed, distortion-free response, the HDVD 800 has a fully symmetrical layout, with an asymmetrical input socket. When using that input, incoming signals are symmetrized before there’s any further processing. Digital sources can also go the AES/EBU or S/PDIF route. Other features include an extra USB input for 24-bit data transmission at 192KHz, aluminum housing wrapped around a glass panel, and a rotary potentiometer connected to the volume control. Take a peek into that panel and you’ll also find a cooling element, the audio relay, and countless MELF resistors for the amplifier.
“The fully symmetrical principle effectively compensates for interference and distortion,” says Axel Grell, Sennheiser’s high-end product manager. “The sound therefore becomes much clearer as total harmonic distortion is minimized.”
Sennheiser is selling the HDVD 800 now, with an MSRP of $1,999.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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