"One Of The Sexiest Amps Around"
The compact EF2A headphone amp from HiFiMan offers a USB input and built in DAC with Burr-Brown PCM2702 chipset for direct connection to your PC. Analog RCA inputs let you plug in a line level source, such as a CD player. A front panel button lets you toggle between inputs.
"This $169 little dude will deliver performance of amps twice the price… and if looks are your thing, you'll certainly be the cool kid with one of the sexiest amps around," reports Unplggd online for March 22, 2010.
The smooth and rich sound quality is thanks to a vacuum tube output stage using two Chinese 6J1 tubes. The outboard power supply contributes to the quiet performance of the circuitry.
"This $169 little dude will deliver performance of amps twice the price once you find that right pair of headphones that match up (we highly recommend the Grado SR-80's, though we've heard the Sennheiser HD580/HD600's are a nice match too). And if looks are your thing, you'll certainly be the cool kid with one of the sexiest amps around."
- Unplggd, March 22, 2010
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|Great little tube headphone amp|
Bought it for my computer based office headphone system. I would never even think about anything this cheap for my main system. Anyway for my pc based system it sounds pretty good with the Sennheiser 650s, A little grain on the top registers. My main Audeze cans sound less impressive but these stay at my other residence so no big deal
|- vernon n, TX|
|Great amp, HiFiMan customer service isnt great|
This is a great little amp -- drives my Sennheisers really well, much better low end than I had before, nice clarity. Its got a warm, effortless sound that I really appreciate. Unfortunately, HiFiMan is reluctant to back its products. One of the 61Js went bad only six weeks after I got the amp for Christmas. HiFiMan wont handle warranties by phone, only email. They take around 24 hours to respond to any email, and it takes at least three rounds of email. They insist on me sending the bad tube in at my expense before theyll send a replacement. If I left myself to HiFiMans customer service, it might be another two or three weeks before I could enjoy this little amp again. Im glad my problem isnt more vital. Ill continue wrestling with customer service, but Ive ordered better tubes than the ones that ship with the EF2A. Things happen. When they do, I expect a company to stand by their product. At this point, I will be hesitant to buy another HiFiMan product.
|- Steve G, CO|
I have had this amp for about one month. When I first hooked it up and took a listen,I thought Oh oh,this thing doesnt sound very good. I decided to run music through it for @ 8 hours straight without listening. When I put the headphones back on and listened-pure magic! This is a wonderful sounding,solidly built product. You owe it to yourself to give it a chance.I am very pleased with this amp. You will be too.
|- Peter F, AZ|
|Great Little Headphone Amp/Dac for the price!|
This little wonder could be made a little better, but it sounds good. Righe now I am listening with Grado SR325I,with a old Musical Fidelity X-RAY cd player. The sound is a slight bit grainy at high levels, but overall I am very pleased with this unit. I reccomend it.
|- Don D, NY|
|Nice little headphone amp/DAC|
This EF2A could be made better, but it works great.I am listening to a portable cd player with Sennheiser HD600 headphones, and it sounds great. For the price it is well worth it!
|- Don D, NY|
|Exceptional Perfomance for the Price|
This little amplifier is an excellent performer right out of the box, and is a great complement to my Sennheiser HD-595s. The EF2A delivers balanced sound that is neither too bright nor too punchy. This amp is a great value, but this particular unit loses a star on the finer details: It favors the left can by about 15% at very low volumes and nearly all of the inputs are positioned noticeably off-centered/skewed relative to the casing. This seemingly small detail really does downgrade its otherwise stunning appearance. In addition to its apparent sloppy placement, the DAC input is not well anchored. At this price, I give the EF2A a recommended buy, but a bit more attention to detail on the manufacturing floor would give this amp a higher quality appearance.
|- Michael B, MI|
This little wonder is a great value for listening to DVDs & CDs on a computer. Plenty of punch- even with high impedenance headphones. Much more than a similarly priced competitors DAC/headphone amp product that relies solely on power from the USB cable. Very open sound stage with good detail. Its built like a tank, too. A quality product you wont find elsewhere for this price.
|- David G, PA|