Sennheiser introduced at the IFA 2012 two new headphone amplifiers, the digital HDVD 800 amd the analogue HDVA 600, both with a fully symmetrical layout and promise a unique listening experience. Specially designed for use with digital sources, the HDVA 800 packs a Burr-Brown digital/analogue converter that converts digital audio data into analogue signals with a resolution of 24 bits and a sampling rate of up to 192 kHz.
Both models promises symmetrical signal processing for both signal input and output for maximum sound quality. They also provide an asymmetrical input socket, and when using this input, the incoming signals are symmetrized before further processing takes place. The HDVD 800 also provides AES/EBU, S/PDIF (optical and coaxial) as well as USB inputs, in addition to analogue inputs. They work perfectly with Sennheiser’s high-end headphones lines HD 800, HD 700, HD 650 and HD 600.
Designed in Germany, the HDVD 800 and HDVA 600 come in an anodized aluminum housing with a glass panel that gives a clear view of the interior of the devices. The rotary potentiometer is mechanically connected to the volume control by a 150mm long shaft. The analogue HDVA 600 will be released in October, and the digital HDVD 800 in November.