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Oppo HA-2SE – Oppo upgrades flagship Headphone Amplifier.

The new Oppo HA-2SE Headphone Amplifier.
The new Oppo HA-2SE Headphone Amplifier.

Apart from launching the new Sonica Muti-room speaker system at ISSE, Oppo also launched a new version of their sleek HA-2 Headphone Amplifier, the HA-2SE.

I’ve auditioned the Oppo HA-2 a few years ago using a pair of Bose over-the-ear headphones. There were some improvements to my music, like a blacker background and smoother vocals and crisper track separation. Overall, better sound! It had a solid build and would look right at home on the dashboard of a Porsche, but it wasn’t enough to make me shell out $499.

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Oppo HA-2SE Headphone Amplifier.

The Oppo HA-2SE is the latest version, and it uses the more sophisticated ESS Sabre32 Reference ES9028-Q2M DAC chip. Due tot his upgrade, the HA-2SE can achieve a lower noise floor compared to the original, producing a much darker background in your music. Same as before, it charges up quickly in 90 minutes. You can also use the HA-2SE as a power bank, supplying up to 3000mAH of charge.

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Oppo HA-2SE side view.

For those of you who already own the HA-2, this might not seem like a big upgrade. It looks the same, has the same USB ports and battery life – basically the same features.  But for anyone who bought an iPhone 7, the HA-2SE is a great alternative to a power bank! (And that flimsy lightning to audio jack converter that Apple supplies) It keeps your phone charged up and you get better sound from your headphones simultaneously.

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Oppo HA-2SE internals.

If you love enjoying your Hi-Res music files but haven’t got the HA-2 yet, you should get the latest version to enjoy better sound on the move!

Also, the HA-2SE now costs $479, which is a slightly sweeter price than the original $499. Here is the specs sheet:

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Aaron. T.
Aaron's dream is to meet the celestial man in the sky who blessed him with huge ears, and shake his hand with a big smile. His typical day is split between getting Rekt on Battlefield 1 and making exciting YouTube reviews at www.youtube.com/loudwirelesssingapore

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