Fostex HP-P1 Headphone Amp & DAC
Sold Out & Discontinued.
The Fostex HP-P1 is the World’s first portable headphone amplifier with D/A converter which receives it’s audio signal digitally from iPod/iPhone 30-pin dock connector.
HiFi HP-P1 Review by Alan Sircom, Aug. 15, 2012
Only iPod/iPhone etc with iOS 4.35 and after are supported and is made for:
iPod Touch (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th Generation)
iPod Classic (6th Generation)
iPod Nano (4th, 5th, 6th, 7th Generation)
iPhone 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 ,8, X
For use with desktop or tablets, Drew recommends using the Silver Dragon V3 LOD to USB or Black Dragon IEM V1 LOD to USB. For New Apple Lightning connector Please order Apple Adapter HERE. And order below the Micro USB B (used with Lightning connector) to Mini USB B or USB A connection. We Can Not do a Micro USB to 3.5mm mini plug. As this is an analog connection and requires a special chip.
These cables can be found in the Mini Cables as well as longer versions of the portable cables listed below.
Featuring an ultra-high quality 32bit DAC and exclusively designed audiophile analogue circuitry, the sonic performance and fidelity of the headphone signal simply has to be experienced to be believed. The tone, the depth and the effective headroom is nothing short of stunning, giving the impression of almost limitless audio power reserves on tap at all times.
Add to this a 3-step gain control to accommodate all types of headphones, an in-built /PDIF Digital Out, twin digital filters and a rugged, yet cool, aluminum alloy chassis and you simply have the best portable headphone amp for your iPod / iPhone available.
Everything about the Fostex HP-P1 screams quality. - First up is the audio processing. Utilising 32bit AKM’s AK4480 which features innovative on-chip symmetrical circuitry to avoid noise coupling, thus improving sound quality, coupled with 2 filters including a 32-bit minimum delay filter designed specifically for acoustic sounds the HP-P1 delivers exceptional sonic performance, allowing music to ‘flow through’ to your ears in an supremely natural way. Then there’s the build quality and the sheer beauty of the thing. Engineered from aircraft grade aluminium and built to exacting standards, the HP-P1 is a tactile delight to handle and operate.
Exclusive Carry Case Included The HP-P1 comes complete with an exclusively designed carry case which can be clipped to a belt if desired. In addition, a 50mm Dock connector USB cable and a USB power cable (Type A to mini B) are also included.
- Digital connection from iPod/iPhone to HP-P1 via 30-pin dock connector
- High quality 32-bit DAC (AKM4480) and headphone amp for maximum sound quality
- Battery or USB powered
- Hi/Mid/Low 3-step gain control on the headphone out drives all headphone types
- Auxiliary analog Line Input for other MP3 players
- S/PDIF Digital Out for professional recording
- Connector: USB type A for Dock Connector iPod/iPhone connection
- Connector: Stereo mini jack
- Maximum input: Approx. 3.0 Vrms
- Connector: Stereo mini
- Maximum output power: 80 mW + 80 mW
- Applicable load impedance: 16 ohms or more
- Frequency response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz +/- 0.3 dB (at 32 ohm load, 80 mW output power)
- Connector: Stereo mini
- Nominal output level: -10 dBV
- Digital Output
- Connector: Optical
- Format: S/PDIF format (IEC 60958-3)
- Connector: USB Type mini B
- Power supply: Internal lithium-ion battery or USB
- Charging time: Approx. 5 hours (HP-P1 power at off)
- Continuous operating time: Approx. 7 hours (iPod/iPhone connected, headphone output, 32Ω, normal temperature)
- Accessories: 50mm Dock connector USB cable, USB power cable (Type A to mini B) Exclusive carrying case
- External dimensions: 75(W) x 25(H) x 130(D) mm
- Weight: Approx. 260 g
Its sound single ended is at the level or above the CDM from ALO audio (depending on the tubes) but in addition it has a much better battery life, a charge status led, is not super warm when operating.
It also has a timed line relay with led that protects your precious drivers and ears for IEMs. At this price, it is a great deal. I am using it with a mojo or hugo and with an AK380 as a music source.
It is delicious.
The unit delivers all of that and more and I am extremely pleased with it. They include a small travel pouch with it to keep yourself organized.
Don't forget to order a 1/8" adapter for your phones. Great product and as always, great service.
The service of Moon Audio I would like to mention because it was easy and very, very good.
Most of the music files are apple lossless and wav ripped from cd. I have used the amp on the go with my Grado RS2i's and at work with my Shure srh-1440's.
Although the Fostex cannot replicate the deeply resonant upper bass and lower midrange of my JWN 6V6 custom head/speaker 15w per channel push pull, it is one smooth player. I am deeply satisfied with the amp/dac and consider it to be an excellent value.
The bass is quite satisfying and the highs are extended and smooth with nice air and detail. The midrange is neutral and also with a lot of detail without sounding harsh or grainy. It smooths out the highs of my Grado cans, which is saying a lot for a non-tube item.
I am also awaiting an spdif cable to run it into my main system via a Rega DAC to use my ipod as a music server. Will report back on results soon.
I am very happy with the sound of this unit right now.
Relative to iPod connected via doc connector to ALO Continental V2, or Headroom PDT amp, the Fostex still outperforms with one caveat. I used HD-800, ED8, and ED10 headphones. The HP-P1 could power these well. A less efficient headphone will need more than what it can deliver.
Relative to the combination of CL Solo + Continental V2, which I also use, the differences become one of preference. The HP-P1 is smoother, but lacks the power of the other setup. It calms edges of the ED10 nicely. Given the price differential, the Fostex rig is quite something.
If you want a nice case and are not on a tight budget check out the Fogg Piccolo.
The sound is a little too thin. I prefer a warmer sound. I matched it with an old pair of Klipsch Custom 3 which has a big bass presence. They are not made anymore because the wiring made them too fragile over time. However the Sennheiser IE 8 should also fit the bill. I have been listening to acoustic jazz with good stand up bass.
So far so good. I am looking forward to hearing the Cypherlab Algorhythm Solo and comparing the two.