THX and Monoprice have teamed up to offer two new DAC/headphone amplifier designs, based on THX's AAA technology. Part of Monoprice's Monolith Series, the new Desktop Headphone Amplifier (shown here, $399.99) uses the THX AAA-788 amplifier design to deliver 1500 mW times two, and it features both balanced and single-ended analog inputs, plus USB, optical, coaxial, and AES/EBU digital inputs and balanced and single-ended headphone outputs. The smaller Portable Headphone Amplifier ($229.99) uses the THX AAA-78 amplifier to deliver 400 mW times two. Both models use the AKM AK4493 32-bit stereo Premium DAC with VELVET SOUND technology that supports PCM input up to 768kHz and DSD input of 2.8MHz/5.6MHz/11.2MHz.
THX Ltd. and Monoprice have announced the first Monolith desktop and portable versions of headphone digital-to-analog converter (DAC) amplifiers featuring THX AAA technology.
THX's AAA technology reduces harmonic, intermodulation, and crossover distortions by 20-100x for an unbelievably realistic and fatigue-free listening experience, and can reduce power consumption by a factor of 10 for incredibly long battery life. It accomplishes this using a patented topology to null conventional distortion mechanisms and reduce bias current.
"We are excited to partner with Monoprice to debut our THX AAA technology to deliver extremely high-quality audio to headphone users," said Jason Fiber, Director, Product, THX Ltd. "Monoprice shares our passion for innovation and will be able to provide an unparalleled listening experience to consumers at an affordable price."
The Monolith Desktop Headphone Amplifier utilizes the THX AAA-788 amplifier design for an impressive 2x1500mW of high-powered amplification with the world's lowest distortion and noise. The Monolith Portable Headphone Amplifier utilizes the THX AAA-78 amplifier design for a massive 2x400 mW of crystal clear output power on-the-go with excellent battery life. Both models feature the new flagship AKM AK4493 32-bit stereo Premium DAC with VELVET SOUND technology along with a host of balanced, unbalanced, and digital inputs and outputs to ensure users have plenty of ways to connect their playback devices for a high-quality listening experience.
"At Monoprice, we believe all consumers should have access to high-quality yet affordable electronics, and we have built our reputation on product excellence and customer service over the years," said Bernard Luthi, CEO of Monoprice. "By partnering with THX to integrate their AAA amplifier technology into our offering, we continue to deliver on this mission and provide our customers the best-in-class audio experience when listening to their music library."