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New Sennheiser Headphone Amplifier

Sennheiser have showcased a new headphone amplifier it says will meet the requirements of even the most demanding audiophiles.

Announced at the Tokyo Headphone Festival last week, the HDV 820 features higher resolution and ultra low distortion components to offer a “whole new listening experience” according to Sennheiser.

A high-quality ESS SABRE32 digital-to-analog converter powers the all-new digital section of the HDV 820, performing at a PCM resolution of 32 bits along with a sampling rate of up to 384 kHz, and up to 12.3 MHz in DSD mode.

Meanwhile the analogue section and the power amplifier of Sennheiser’s existing HDVD 800 have been “carefully improved” on the new HDV 820, offering multiple outputs that include an unbalanced XLR3/6.3mm combined NEUTRIK socket, a balanced XLR4, and two balanced 4.4mm Pentaconn sockets.

Sennheiser explains that the Pentaconn Connector standard, established by the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), is intended to minimise the complexity of non-standardised connectors, with a distortion-free signal transmission possible thanks to the connection’s unmodulated and very low contact resistance.

The company says that the headphone amplifier, which it designs and manufactures in Germany, are the “perfect companion” to its own audiophile headphones like the HD 800 S.

“The HDV 820 builds on the accomplishments of the HDVD 800 with greater resolution and enhanced connectivity, an evolution that provides a sound experience so pure and engaging that the listener could be sitting right in front of the audio source,” said Sennheiser’s Product Manager Audiophile, Manuel Ricke.

“The HDV 820 shows what is possible when you believe that sound is not something just to be listened to, but rather something to be experienced,” Ricke added.

Sennheiser also announced a new balanced headphone connection cable, the CH 800 P, which features a Pentaconn connector and two ODU connectors to allow headphones, such as the HD 800 and HD 800 S, to be connected to the Pentaconn outputs on the HDV 820 and other devices.

Both new products will be available from August with pricing to be confirmed.

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