Sun Valley, CA (October 23, 2007)–Aphex is now shipping its headphone distribution amplifier. The Model 454 HeadPod is a professional 4-output headphone distribution pod with four independent stereo power amplifiers. Working with any headphone type, the HeadPod aims to provide headroom to avoid clipping; designed for low distortion and wide frequency response capabilities, the Model 454 also promises longer listening sessions without listener fatigue.
“The HeadPod takes our award-winning technology in analog circuit design in a new direction,” says Marvin Caesar, Aphex president. “You can think of a headphone distribution amp as just a utility tool, but the HeadPod offers the advantage of audiophile-quality, high-headroom monitoring with flexible signal routing and Aphex’s reliability. We originally designed it for our own tradeshow displays, as there were no reasonably priced, high-quality headphone amplifiers on the market. The people who have heard the HeadPod have remarked on the clarity and bass extension, even at high levels through hard-to-drive headphones.”
Individual volume controls are provided for each of the four headphone outputs, made with Neutrik metal jacks. A master volume control on the HeadPod allows for matching of source levels. It connects to any analog source, with a rear-panel selector switch to choose between balanced sources (discrete left and right) and unbalanced sources (e.g., stereo on TRS from a headphone amplifier).
Applications for the HeadPod include monitoring in project and commercial recording studios, broadcast facilities, Podcast creation, live performances and other environments where headphones are used for professional purposes. The Model 454 HeadPod is housed in a sturdy and attractive all-metal chassis, and includes a 12VAC power supply.