V-Moda Release VAMP – Audiophile Battery Pack For iPhone 4/4S
V-Moda, the maker of the Crossfade M-80, has announced VAMP, a headphone amplifier that combines a dedicated 150mW x 2 Hi-FI amplifier, Digital-to-Analog convertor (DAC), optical audio output and 2200mAh battery all integrated into a solid metal casing for the iPhone 4/4S.
VAMP’s high fidelity DAC processor extracts the digital signal of the iPhone to bypass the iPhone’s internal DAC to deliver a claimed better audio experience. V-Moda claims VAMP’s 150mW x 2 amplifier is five times more powerful than the iPhone’s amplifier and provides up to 8 hours of playback. VAMP’s rotary volume knob allows you to finely adjust the volume and its hi/lo gain switch adjusts the output level.
The VAMP features two new audio processing modes for the most discerning audiophile. The PURE mode processes audio in the truest of forms while the VQ (V-MODA eQualizer) mode adds a slight spatial 3D soundstage, tightened bass and increased treble attack that invigorates an all-around sensory experience.
» Power: 150 + 150mW @ 32 Ohms
» Battery: 2200mAh Lithium-ion w/ over-charge protection circuit
» Signal to Noise Ratio: > 95dB
» Distortion: < 0.04% @ 10mW » Headphone Resistance Compatibility: > 16 Ohms
» Smartphone Compatibility: iPhone 4; iPhone 4S
» Warranty: One year V-MODA Premier Warranty
» Accessories: USB Cable
» Weight: 135g
The AMP/DAC is integrated into a sleek, aircraft-grade brushed metal that is designed to pay homage to the grooves in a vinyl record. The shock absorbing silicone protects your iPhone and allows for quick removal. The 2200 mAh lithium-ion battery can be used as a backup power source for the iPhone 4/4S, virtually doubling its battery life. Another unique feature is an Optical audio output that allows you to connect VAMP to your A/V receiver or DJ mixer via Toslink or SPDIF optical audio, transforming the iPhone into a Hi-Fi grade audio source that can be used a lifetime after the phone function is retired.
VAMP offers two, selectable, audio modes:
» PURE mode (indicated by the red light on the LED toggle switch) outputs audio in its original form
» VQ mode (indicated by the green light on the LED toggle switch) adds a slight spatial 3D soundstage, tightened bass and increased treble attack that invigorates an all around sensory experience
The V-Moda VAMP costs $599 and is available now via Amazon.