RMAF 2015: Fostex drops a monster on CanJam











Fostex, the brand that brought me one of my all-time favorite headphones, the TH900, dropped a meteorite on CanJam this year.

Okay, fine. But it was still huge — the new HP-V8 is something north of 30kg. And it’s a headphone amplifier. Say, wha …? Yeah, it’s big.

It’s also going to be pricey — expect to fall somewhat short of $8,000; it should be hitting the market early next year, a bit of a push from earlier estimates.

E88CC drivers into 300b power tubes will put out a very conservative 2 watts. Power rectification through a pair of KT88 tubes will permit an SNR of 115dB (that’s really quiet, especially for a tube amp). Inputs are RCA, outputs are transformer-coupled with options for both XLR and RCA, and settings for low impedance (16Ω and up) and high (48Ω and up).

I spent some time with this extreme amp, driving the TH900, and just marveled at the retro workmanship almost as much as the sound, which I found full and rich and non-fatiguing. This is the all-day amp, assuming you have a desk that can hold a behemoth.

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