TEAC Debuts HA-P50 Headphone Amp With USB DAC

Digital-to-analog converters,
Headphone amps and amp/DACs
TEAC Debuts HA-P50 Headphone Amp With USB DAC

Montebello, CA - October 2014 - TEAC, recognized globally as a leading manufacturer of high grade audio video electronics, is pleased to introduce the HA-P50 Portable Headphone Amplifier with an integrated USB DAC (digital to analog converter). The ideal headphone amplifier for the audiophile on the go, the new HA-P50 delivers that great TEAC Reference 501-grade headphone listening experience anywhere. It’s a terrific unit for travelling, as it enables one to enjoy music on a plane, train, bus, or anywhere life takes us. The HA-P50 incorporates a high-performance digital-to-analog converter and a high specification power amplifier circuit into a compact form factor designed to bring out the very best from quality headphones. This new headphone amplifier is designed to operate with one’s laptop computer (PC / Mac) as well as Apple iOS devices.

The connection from one’s computer or iOS device couldn’t be easier. For a laptop computer, simply connect the included USB cable to the HA-P50. With an iPad or iPhone, run the device’s USB data cable between the HA-P50 and the iOS unit. With its high-performance built-in digital-to-analog converter, the HA-P50 works with the TEAC Hi-Res Audio Player for Mac and Windows as well as TEAC’s Hi-Res Audio Player for iOS. With support for high-resolution 24-bit / 96 kHz digital audio, the unit’s BurrBrown PCM5102 digital-to-analog converter delivers pristine audio performance for faithful and accurate playback of one’s favorite music.

The new TEAC HA-P50 employs a top-flight OPA 1652 operational amplifier to process audio signals with maximum purity. The discrete push-pull circuit achieves a very low distortion rate of 0.001% (at 100mW + 100mW output) that IC-based amplifier headphone circuits simply cannot match—thanks to TEAC’s meticulous component selection and absolute insistence on superior sound quality.

The HA-P50’s power amplifier is equally impressive. The 160mW + 160mW (for the left-right channels) high-output power amplifier (at 32Ω load) is designed to drive 600Ω-class headphones at full power. And to ensure the perfect match with one’s headphones, the HA-P50 features a dual-setting high / low gain switch. The end result is superior audio performance that must be experienced to be appreciated.

Other notable attributes of the new HA-P50 Portable Headphone Amplifier include a dual function optical digital/analog input. This dual input can accept either an optical (OPT) cable with a mini-plug or a standard audio cable with a 3.5mm stereo mini-plug—enabling the HA-P50 to accept input from non-digital audio players and pass the signal through its sophisticated amplifier circuits. Further, the HA-P50 can re-charge via USB or by the DC IN 5V connector with the optionally available PS-P515U DC power supply. A full charge provides eight hours of operation.

Hiroshi Oshima, Vice President of the Consumer Product Division of TEAC Corporation, commented on the company’s new HA-P50 Portable Headphone Amplifier, “The HA-P50 is an exceptional headphone amp for the audiophile on the go. The unit has a compact, robust aluminum body that makes it easy to use the device anywhere and the audio quality is second to none. We’ve incorporated the finest components into the design of this headphone amp and I’m confident music aficionados everywhere will appreciate its world-class performance.”

TEAC’s HA-P50 Portable Headphone Amplifier carries an MSRP of $299.99. The units are available now.

About TEAC

TEAC America, Inc., established in 1967, is the largest subsidiary of the Japanese electronics maker TEAC Corporation. TEAC distributes high grade audio video electronics, consumer electronics, and professional recording equipment as well as disc publishing and duplication products. Products are marketed by TEAC America under the brand names TEAC and TASCAM. To learn more about TEAC and TASCAM products, please visit: www.teac.com and http://tascam.com.

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