V-MODA just announced a new gadget for the iPhone called VAMP. The accessory is a headphone amplifier that combines a dedicated 150mW x 2 Hi-Fi amplifier, DAC (Digital-to-Analog converter), optical audio output, and 2200mAh battery all integrated into a solid metal casing.
Definitely for hardcore audiophiles with deep pockets only, VAMP is priced at $650. Still, it has a number of features that many will find impressive.These include two new audio processing modes, PURE and VQ. The former processes audio in the truest of form, while the latter adds a 3-D soundstage, tightened bass, and increased treble. The result is said to invigorate an “all-around sensory experience.”
According to Val Kolton, Chief Visionary Officer and Founder of V-MODA:
VAMP is a statement that you march to your own drum and appreciate sophisticated sound and style. People always criticize the quality loss in the analog-to-digital conversion but few consider the advantages of reversing the process. VAMP unleashes the full potential of your music with vibrant, pure, powerful sound for both power-hungry and small headphones.
Full specifications include:
- Made in Japan
- Power: 150 + 150mW @ 32 Ohms
- Battery: 2200mAh Lithium-Ion w/ overcharge protection circuit
- Signal to Noise Ratio: > 95dB
- Headphone Resistance Compatibility: > 16 Ohms
- Smartphone Compatibility: iPhone 4/4S
- Warranty: One year V-MODA premier warranty
- Accessories: USB Cable
- Weight: 135g
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Ready to spend $650 on an iPhone accessory? Just remember, it probably won’t work with the next iPhone.