Frequently asked questions
Why do I need the Hybrid Valve Headphone Amplifier
The audio devices on most computers are low resolution and don't output quality audio. If you listen to your music on a computer your experience will be limited by the sound card. Furthermore most computers and music players such as ipods don't have enough output power to drive the demands of high quality headphones.
When your music passes through the glass tube valves of the Hybrid Valve Headphone Amplifier you music will sound warm and rich with greater depth and dynamic range. If you choose the DAC option you will be able to enjoy your music at highest quality possible.
What is the DAC
DAC stands for Digital to Analogue Converter. Our DAC comes as a small circuit board which plugs into the Valve Amplifier. If you puchase the DAC option you can now listen to your music in much higher resolution. Instead of connecting the valve amplifier via the 3.5mm audio connector you connect your PC or Apple computer into the micro USB connector. Now you can stream your high resolution digital music files straight into the Valve Amplifier's onboard DAC.
What formats are compatible with the DAC
The DAC module supports most audio formats incuding lossless FLAC, ALAC, WAV and DSD
How much better will my music sound with the DAC
This depends on the quality and resolutuon of the music files stored on your computer or device. CD quality is 16 bit 44.1kHz resolution and although it is a convenient format the quality is acutally very poor. Studio quality is often 24 bit 192kHz and is the quality most musicians record their studio master at. The DAC module is able to steam audio at 32bit 384 kHz which is much higher than studio master quality. The limiting factor will no longer be the hardware but rather the availability of extremely high resolution music
I already own the Hybrid Valve Amp. Can I upgrade to the DAC option
Yes is it very easy to fit the DAC module accessory without any electronics knowledge. Simply remove the four front screws with the screwdriver supplied, and plug the DAC module into the expansion socket. Replace the front cover and the upgrade is complete.