- Brand Name: V-MODA
- Model Number: VAMP
- Color: Black/Red
- Item Weight: 0.31 pounds
V-MODA VAMP Headphone Amplifier (150mW x 2), DAC, Battery Pack for iPhone 4/4S (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Integrated Headphone Amplifier (150mW x 2) for the iPhone 4/4S
- Digital to Analog Convertor (DAC) bypasses iPhone's analog output for pure analog performance
- Two selectable audio processing modes Pure and VQ
- 2200 mAh battery doubles iPhone battery life
- Aircraft-grade brushed metal and shock-absorbing silicone protects the iPhone from impact, scratches and dents
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|VAMP Integrated Headphone Amp, DAC and Battery Pack for iPhone® 4/4S |
Spy-worthy gadget for the modern audio connoisseur ushers in a new era of pure sound, sophistication and power. VAMP features a 150mW x 2 amplifier, dedicated pure Digital-Analog-Convertor, VQ audio enhancements, optical audio output and backup battery all integrated into a solid metal case that transforms an ordinary iPhone 4/4S into a sophisticated and stylish high fidelity device.
A 150mW x 2 amplifier bypasses the iPhone's internal amp designed for smaller ear buds and provides optimal power to drive even the most demanding headphones. VAMP's rotary volume knob allows you to finely adjust the volume and its hi/lo gain switch adjusts the output level to match the power required for both low and high-impedance headphones.High-impedance headphones and professional / studio headphones require or benefit significantly from a headphone amplifier.
Pure Dedicated Digital to Analog Convertor
VAMP's dedicated DAC extracts the iPhone's digital output and converts it into its analog form for the purest and unparalleled audio listening experience.
VAMP offers two, selectable, audio modes for the discerning audiophile.
A SPDIF/Toslink digital audio output transforms the iPhone into a high fidelity source (optical cable sold separately).
Maximum Battery Vitality
A colossal 2200mAh lithium-ion battery provides up to 8 hours of playback. In a flick of a switch, the battery can serve as a backup power source and double the iPhone's battery life.
Metal Protective Case
Aircraft-grade brushed metal and shock absorbing silicone shields the iPhone from dents, breaks and scratches.
Integrating precision professional-grade components and unique audio processing technology into a high tech device, the VAMP is the ultimate gadget for mobile audiophiles around the world.
What the Critics are Saying About the VAMP Headphone Amp
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Top Customer Reviews
The Vamp drives my HD650 and HD700 headphones to perfection. The VQ setting is particularly good for the HD650 to tighten the bass and "brighten" them up a bit. Really wonderful sound!
After reading some comparisons between this and the Go-Dap GD04, I found out that this is essentially the upgraded GD04 with OPA1622 opamp. Not sure about the other components, but the opamp is awesome. I also have an upgraded iBasso D4 with topflight kit and OPA1622 and they are VERY similar. Overall, the Vamp represents a great value.
Although only the iPhone 4/4S will fit in the case, a 30pin extension cable can be used to connect the Vamp to almost any iPod/iPhone/iPad made after the iPod classic. I haven't tried that out yet, but will update this review if that turns out to not be the case. There are 4 screws holding the phone casing on, so it looks like you could even remove that and put together your own case if you wanted.
Edit 1/9/13 - I sent my Vamp back for the firmware update and had to fall back on my iBasso D4 connected to an iPad with the camera connection kit. Using the upgraded OPA1622, I'm sorry to say that I was wrong- there is a noticeable difference between it and the Vamp. In short, the Vamp is clearer, has better bass presence, and a wider and more transparent sound stage. So, especially with my Hd650, the Vamp is the clear winner. I only sent it back in yesterday and I already miss it.
I also had the opportunity to test it with a 30pin extension cable. iPad, iPod touch, and iPhones were all fine. 160gb iPod classic did not charge nor play. So, this really will work with any of the newer "touch screen" I-devices, but not the classics.Read more ›
First of all, VAMP is a portable DAC/amp for the iPhone 4/4S, but that doesn't mean its usage is strictly limited to an iPhone 4/4S. Although they won't fit into VAMP's case physically, you can also use other iDevices such as an iPod (including iTouch), iPhone 3GS, or iPad by with VAMP via a sync extension LOD (line out dock) cable . Of course, VAMP should still be used primarily with an iPhone 4/4S as it was meant to be for maximum comfort and portability. So if you don't own an iPhone 4/4S and isn't planning to get one, then VAMP will serve you little or no purpose.
VAMP is special in a way that it bypasses the in-built DAC of iDevices and utilizes its own DAC for better hi-fi performance. As far as I know, there are only three other portable devices capable of this feature: Cypher Labs Algorithm Solo (DAC only), Fostex HP-P1 (DAC/amp), and VentureCraft Go-DAP (the model which VAMP was based on). Most so-called DAC/amps, such as Fiio E17, aren't capable of this, because the ability to take the pure digital data out of an iDevice through LOD costs the product Apple's license fee. That explains why gears like HP-P1 or VAMP are a lot more expensive than other portable DAC/amps.
To summarize VAMP's functions:
#1. A solid case for iPhone 4/4S, protecting it from scratches (although it would break my heart to see my VAMP damaged instead)
#2. Extra battery for an iDevice, doubling its life
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am an Iphone 4 owner who also loves music and does 95% of my listening on the go. I had my eye on Vamp but wasn't willing to invest $600+ for even such a unique product as... Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by Craigster