London’s headroom show will see many of the world’s leading audio manufacturers launch brand new products for 2016 .
Headroom will introduce a number of brand new headphones and portable audio devices to consumers in 2016. The biggest brands, including Sennheiser, SHURE, Audiolab and Quad have chosen headroom, which runs from Friday 29th to Saturday 30th January, to launch a number of brand new products, all inside the world’s largest independent professional recording complex, Metropolis Studios, Chiswick.
NEW LAUNCH: Sennheiser HD 800 S reference-level headphone (£1,200)
The HD 800 S is Sennheiser’s new reference-level headphone. Precision-built in Germany the HD 800 S offers high-precision connectivity with a 6.3mm connector, plus an XLR-4 balanced cable to maximise sound quality from sources with balanced outputs. The headband and headphone mounting utilises advanced materials developed for the aerospace industry, giving high strength with minimal weight.
NEW LAUNCH: Audiolab M-DAC+ (£799.95)
Audiolab’s highly anticipated M-DAC+ enhances the performance of its M-DAC sibling to include 32-bit/384kHz resolution for the USB input. The M-DAC+ can also link directly to Apple devices to access stored music via USB-A. DSD audio is also catered for with the
M-DAC+ offering four different DSD and seven different PCM filters. Further features include redefined circuitry with a new internal power supply.
NEW LAUNCH: SHURE KSE 1500 isolating electrostatic earphone (£2,199)
The KSE 1500 combines a Sound-Isolating™ electrostatic earphone with a matched high-res SHURE USB amp/DAC, providing a unique system giving unmatched clarity and detail with extremely high fidelity. The high-res 24/192 USB amp/DAC is compatible with Mac, PC, iOS and Android devices, with navigation and control performed via a single wheel.
NEW LAUNCH: Questyle QP1R high-res portable music player DAP (£699)
The new QP1R high-performance portable music player (DAP) supports DSD128 and 24/192kHz PCM playback and uses a pure Class A headphone amplifier with discrete transistors and components. File support is included for ALAC, APE, FLAC, AIFF, WAV, WMA Lossless up to 24bit/192kHz and high-res audio files such as DSD128 and DSD64. Questyle’s proprietary Current Mode Amplification technology is included, which was developed from its amplifiers, to drive virtually any headphone with ultra-low distortion, wide bandwidth and pure Class A operation – a rare feat among portable devices.
NEW LAUNCH: Quad VA-One headphone amp (£1,399.95)
The new VA-One integrated amplifier from Quad follows founder Peter Walker’s approach to sound quality, using carefully selected hi-fi amplifier valves to drive life-like excitement into music. It includes both analogue and digital inputs, with RCA, optical and coaxial options, plus a 6.3mm headphone jack output on the front panel. Its USB-B and Bluetooth inputs (aptX) enable simple connectivity to PCs, tablets and smartphones.
NEW LAUNCH: Arcam MusicBOOST headphone amp/DAC for iPhone (£120)
The Arcam MusicBOOST is a genuine new-category product, a portable headphone amplifier with a high-precision DAC and powerful battery pack for the Apple iPhone 6, all in one sleek protective sleeve case weighing just 100 gms. MusicBOOST is an ideal travel product, able to be easily swapped in/out depending on usage and totally ends battery anxiety when boarding passes are kept on phones!
NEW LAUNCH: FOSTEX HP-A4 BL DAC/headphone amp (£379)
Headroom marks the first appearance for the newly released Fostex HP-A4 BL USB- powered DAC and headphone amp, which now offers a balanced headphone output. Based on the original HP-A4, the new version maintains support for DSD128 and PCM192, with a simple-to-use layout and great portability.