Update 5/09/2017: The Sennheiser HDV 820 will be available late July early August 2017 for $2399.95. If you’re wondering about the size, the unit measures 8.8 in x 1.7 in x 12 in and weighs in at 5 lbs. The maximum output power is approximately 480 mW at 1 kHz and 600 ohms at the XLR-4 output. The amplifier is shipped along with a power cable, quickguide, safetyguide, microfiber cloth, USB-stick with manual, and driver software for Microsoft Windows operating systems.
Modeled after the acclaimed headphone amplifier Sennheiser HDVD 800 comes its successor- tweaked to provide the utmost in audio quality for the pickiest of audiophiles – meet Sennheiser HDV 820.
New Release Sennheiser HDV 820 Headphone Amplifier
This headphone amplifier is an upgrade to the unit, while maintaining some components of the HDVD 800, the new unit is now equipped with a ESS SABRE32 digital-to-analog converter. It is powerful enough to produce an unequalled dynamic range with ultra-low /distortion and unmatched audio clarity performing at a PCM resolution of 32 bits and a sampling rate of up to 384 kHz and up to 12.3 MHz in the DSD mode.
“The HDV 820 builds on the accomplishments of the HDVD 800 with greater resolution and enhanced connectivity, an evolution that provides a sound experience so pure and engaging that the listener could be sitting right in front of the audio source,” explains Manuel Ricke, Product Manager Audiophile at Sennheiser. “The HDV 820 shows what is possible when you believe that sound is not something just to be listened to, but rather something to be experienced.”
That being said, the Sennheiser HDV 820 boasts multiple audio outputs include an unbalanced output through an XLR3/6.3mm combined NEUTRIK socket, one balanced XLR4 and two balanced 4.4mm Pentaconn sockets which are optimized for distortion-free signal transmission. The HDV 820 can be used with digital sources (optical, coaxial or USB) as well as analogue sources (balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA inputs.
The Sennheiser HDV 820 was unveiled at the Tokyo Headphone Festival, held from April 29 & 30. At this time, the release date and price is TBD, but I’ll assume a price point close to the HDVD 800 at $2199.