Vancouver, BC - To address the hugely popular adoption of headphones in the mainstream of music listening, Hafler has launched two headphone amplifiers: The HA15 Solid-State and the HA75 Tube Head™.
According to Hafler CEO Peter Janis: "Today, more music is being listened to over headphones and earbuds than any other media delivery system. You cannot walk the streets of a city without noticing someone wearing headphones as they walk by. To address this shift in how people are choosing to listen to music, we have launched two headphone amps. The HA15 is a compact Solid-State unit while the HA75 is a valve/tube design. These devices have been carefully crafted to provide the serious audiophile a superior headphone amplifier for their home listening pleasure that will be enjoyable and not introduce ear fatigue even after hours of use."
"Before releasing the product to the general public, we sent out samples to the very best 'golden ears' in the business including some of the most highly regarded recording and mastering engineers such as Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette, Michael Jackson), Ed Cherney (The Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand), David Rideau (Janet Jackson, Sting), and Tom Coyne (Adele, Taylor Swift). The response from these industry giants has been nothing short of magnificent. When guys like Tom Coyne who mastered some of the biggest albums in recent times uses Hafler to record and test his work, you know you are onto something big. Most important is that this type of endorsement provides the audiophile with the comfort of knowing that their choice for a Hafler headphone amp has a serious stamp of approval from the people who actually create the music. With such a wide-level of adoption from the top tier, you can rest assured that the sound reproduction will address the most demanding needs no matter what the musical genre."
The HA15 is a 100% discrete audio headphone amplifier that has plenty of drive to handle any headphone impedance. The discrete architecture assures minimal phase-degrading negative feedback for a more natural rendering. Both RCA and XLR connectors are offered for connectivity to Hi-Fi and professional recording systems. The front panel features a traditional level control along with dual headphone outputs for sharing. A unique FOCUS control introduces a matrix that allows the user to simulate listening to speakers in a room. In other words, when listening to headphones you only hear the left program material in the left ear and the right material in the other. When listening to speakers, the bleed from the left is also heard on the right side. FOCUS mixes the left and right together and lets you decide how much of each you want in your ears. This adds listening excitement to certain mixes that simply would not translate well to headphones.
The HA75 Tube Head is a 12AX7 tube headphone amplifier that brings forth the character and sonic landscape that is only possible with a tube. The design applies 140 volts to the tube to provide sufficient voltage for a 'clean' sound, yet at a lower scale in order to impart the all-important tube character and harmonic generation. When pushed hard, tubes introduce a form of natural compression to the signal that do not distort in a 'square wave' but more gradually saturate with even order harmonic distortion. This results in a more pleasing tone with far less ear fatigue when listening to music for extended periods. Like the HA15, the HA75 is also equipped with FOCUS control to simulate listening to live speakers, dual headphone outputs for 'sharing the fun' along with RCA and XLRs input connectors to adapt to either audiophile or recording system setups. A dual RCA line output on the rear panel allows the user to capture the HA75's tube character and incorporate it into a solid state system. This 'warms' the often sterile tone of a digital recording, bringing warm tube harmonics into play.
Both products are currently shipping. MAP in USD: HA15 ($449.99) and HA75 ($999.99)