Sennheiser New HDV 820 Headphone Amp and Dac is Seriously Awesome
During a recent trip to Tokyo for a headphone festival, Sennheiser has launched their HDV 820, a company-first digital headphone amp that offers high-resolution sound and low-distortion components alongside a brand new DAC. The HDV 820 builds on the HDVD 800 but also improves on fully balanced signal processing and low harmonic distortion.
Inside the HDV 820 is an ESS SABRE32 digital-to-analog-converter that Sennheiser claims "unequaled dynamic range, ultra-low distortion, and unmatched audio clarity." With a 384 kHz sampling rate (12.3 MHz in DSD mode) the HDV works at a PCM resolution of 32 bits.
"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. 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," explains Manuel Ricke, Product Manager Audiophile at Sennheiser.
Building on the HDVD 800, Sennheiser says they have carefully improved the analog section of the HDV 820. The 820 uses multiple audio outputs, including an unbalanced output through an XLR3/6.3mm combined NEUTRIK socket, one balanced XLR4, and two balanced 4.4mm Pentaconn sockets.
The Pentaconn Connector utilizes JEITA standards and is suitable for mobile and stationary applications, thanks in part to the 4.4mm diameter.
"The HDV 820 delivers superlative performance using digital sources, whether optically, coaxially or via USB, as well as analog sources via balanced (XLR) and unbalanced (RCA) inputs," Ricke added.
Sennheiser also showcased the CH 800 P, a headphone cable that works in unison with the Pentaconn connector, noting its unity with high-end headphones like the HD 800.
Expect to see the HDV 820 and CH 800 P later in July.