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.
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.
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.
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: