There are afew of my friends over at Audio360.org who believe that the HP4 headphone
amplifier from E.A.R. represents the pinnacle of headphone amplification ó both
in design and in execution. It really is hard to disagree. Stylistically, it is
by far the most elegant (and compact!) of the flagship headphone amps Iíve had
access to, and having it grace my desk even for 5 minutes (much less a couple
of months on loan) was enough to make me grin in an unhinged kind of way.
made me want to touch it, to turn it on, to plug in and get lost. Thatís about
as much as you can ask for from any component, but the fact that this one
actually can take you somewhere else shoots this amp to the very top of the
Iíve heard amps that can do a lot of wonderful things. But Iíve never heard an
amp that was clearly better than this offering from E.A.R. Different? Sure. But
better? No. And none of those made me want to empty my wallet quiet as
thoroughly as this one. Itís a work of art.