Pangea Audio has begun shipping the HP201 Hybrid Tube Headphone Amp with 24/192 USB DAC. The HP201 is now available from Audio Advisor with an MSRP of $299.99.
The Pangea Audio HP201 combines Class A solid state circuitry featuring MOSFET output devices with a premium vacuum tube.The Pangea Audio HP201 combines Class A solid state circuitry featuring MOSFET output devices with a premium vacuum tube to create the smooth, authentic headphone playback characteristics that music enthusiasts crave. The Pangea engineering team, led by renowned engineer/designer Jay Victor, selected MOSFETS rather than more affordable op-amp devices because of their performance advantages. “I tested a variety of solid state output devices and vacuum tubes in the design process of the HP201, selecting the combination I thought delivered the best performance despite their substantially higher cost," he said.
The 12AX7 vacuum tube is protected by an easily removable shield, making it a simple task to swap in compatible tubes from different manufacturers for enthusiasts interested in experimenting with the sound. Built upon a sturdy all-steel chassis featuring a burly ten millimeter machined metal face plate, the HP201 is designed to deliver long-lasting high-performance audio.
The robust output stage of the HP201 is compatible with a wide range of headphone makes and models, and the analog stereo outputs can be connected directly to a power amplifier and controlled using the large, precision-machined aluminum volume control if desired. The HP201 also features a pair of auxiliary RCA inputs for additional flexibility. The internal linear power supply features an upgradeable rear panel IEC connector, enabling the use of a premium Pangea power cable.
The HP201 is also a high-performance USB DAC (Digital to Analog Converter). The 24/48/96/192kHz compatible input lets you play high-resolution digital audio files directly from your Windows or Mac computer. Conversion is managed by the highly regarded Cirrus Logic CS4344 24-bit/192-kHz DAC chipset.
Through careful design and the use of premium components, the Pangea Audio HP201 headphone amp/USB DAC outperforms competitive products in the personal audio marketplace, delivering the look, sound quality, and precision feel of audio gear costing far more.