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A 2 (US)

Made in Germany
€1,490.00
Incl. 19% tax, Excl. shipping
Article Number: 716766
Delivery time: Pre-order now, available from mid-May 2014

Audiophile headphone amplifier 110 - 120 V
(switchable to 220 - 240 V)

Red Dot Award for beyerdynamic A 2 headphone amplifierNewly developed from scratch and already awarded with the renowned "Red Dot Award: Product Design 2014": The A 2 headphone amplifier does not only impress with its unbelievably natural and powerful airy sound, but also with its clear and high-quality design.

A Sound to Rave About

With its powerful and lively response, the A 2 brings out the best performances from all dynamic headphones and supplies an excellent reproduction quality that is as close as possible to the original sound: From highs with a brilliant resolution and absolutely authentic mid-range to a deep, natural bass. Amazingly noise-free operation and precise control can be enjoyed via all headphones that are connected, regardless of their impedance.

Fully Discrete and Adjustable

Selected, hand-assembled components and the discrete circuit design open up a richness of detail that is hard to beat. Due to the two headphone outputs two people can enjoy their favourite music together and the sophisticated, intuitive operation of the A 2 fills with enthusiasm. Applications such as the volume can be precisely and infinitely adjusted via the convenient remote control.

As a special highlight, the A 2 is currently the only device on the market that provides separate adjustments for the impedance and sensitivity of the connected headphones as well as different levels of the audio sources. This means that headphones between 16 ohms and 600 ohms can be operated perfectly on the A 2 without distortion occurring at high levels.
With the voltage selector switch the supply voltage can be adjusted to 110 - 120 V or 220 - 240 V, which allows the device to be used worldwide.

Sophisticated Industrial Design

Like its little brother, the A 20, the A 2 top-of-the-line model is based on a clearly structured, elegant design with smooth rounded housing edges without visible joins, screws or rivets made of massive, anodised aluminium. Another special eye-catcher is the transparent charcoal-coloured glass panel, which is flush with the top surface, enabling you to look through the famous beyerdynamic sound-wave logo into the noble interior of the A 2. LEDs spectacularly illuminate the circuit board in a warm light.

Each A 2 is supplied with an extraordinary accessory, a rugged headphone stand made of aluminium. When it is attached to the device, it serves as a practical storage solution for the headphone keeping it ready at all times hanging over the device.

beyerdynamic A2 headphone amplifier - illuminated inside view

An Overview: Features of the A 2

  • Discrete electronics for best audio reproduction
  • Amazingly natural and brilliant sound reproduction with an excellent resolution and spatiality
  • Two parallel headphone outputs for enjoyment of music for two people at any time
  • Convenient remote control for all functions
  • Via slide switches for selectable gain and impedance, the A 2 can optimally be tuned to connected dynamic headphones (16 - 600 ohms) and to audio sources (HD compatible)
  • Voltage selector switch for regional use worldwide (110 - 120 V and 220 - 240 V)
  • Headphone stand (can be mounted to the A 2) for compact storage of headphones
  • Elegant design with transparent glass cover enabling you to look at the illuminated noble interior

Please note:

For all regions worlwide please click here to get the version incl. power cable with “Schuko” connector – set to 220 – 240 V

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Contact

beyerdynamic GmbH & Co. KG
Theresienstr. 8
74072 Heilbronn - Germany

Questions regarding Orders, Payment & Delivery

Phone: +49 7131 617-444

Product Advice

Phone: +49 7131 617-430

Or contact us per e-mail!

technical data

Dimensions   216 x 235 x 55 mm
Frequency range   1 Hz - 100 kHz (-1 dB)
T.H.D.   0.001 % at 170 mW / 250 Ω
Maximum output power   170 mW / 250 Ω
Unweighted signal-to-noise ratio   > 101 dB (unweighted)
Channel separation   > 89 dB
Headphone outputs   2 stereo jack outputs 6.35 mm (1/4") in parallel mode (gold plated contacts)
Analog inputs   2 pairs RCA (gold plated)
Analog outputs   1 pair RCA (gold plated)
Net weight without packaging   2230 g


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Noblesse at the highest level
www.areadvd.de 08/2014
Title: Classic noblesse at the highest level
Author: Carsten Rampacher

www.areadvd.de 08/2014
Title: Classic noblesse at the highest level
Author: Carsten Rampacher

Translated from the original German article

[...]

The beyerdynamic engineers made every effort to design the A 2 in a way that it can provide an optimum of audio quality with each headphone. The main board is the heart of the A 2. It is assembled by hand and is only provided with durable, discrete components. Inexpensive integrated circuits, which are usually found in simpler headphone amplifiers, do not meet the quality standards which are important for beyerdynamic to produce a real acoustic talent.  
The design of the A 2 provides enough space between the elements which are relevant for the sound to avoid mutual interference. Therefore, the higher channel separation and the low tendency to crosstalk are special advantages of the A 2.

[...]

The look of the A 2 is unsophisticated and of high quality. A smooth aluminium frame covers almost the entire device. Another highlight is the anthracite tinted glass panel with the legendary beyerdynamic wave logo on top of the A 2 providing a look into the device. Due to the LEDs, the circuit board appears in a warm light which looks very noble making the A 2 a real enrichment, which appears never out of place, even in noble living rooms.  
Against current trends, the headphone amplifier does without integrated digital circuits and is therefore suitable for music lovers who already have a DAC or do not need one.  

[...]

With regard to the acoustic, we were very excited. [...] In “Dronning Fjellrose” the Norwegian acoustic jazz musicians of the Hoff ensemble thrill with a fine definition and an extremely free treble.

In conjunction with our Ultrasone Edition 12 it works very well and describes a clearly defined, complex virtual room, where every instrument has its exact place. The vocals are integrated fluently and charismatically into the tonal structure. The velocity and the notes of the piano are carefully and precisely presented in detail. In “Stille, Stille, kommer vi”, the next title of the album “Quiet Winter Nights” the A 2 demonstrates its ability to present sound with utmost precision. The wind instruments, the piano and the female vocals are harmoniously and exactly combined.  The beyerdynamic headphone amplifier clearly and vividly highlights small details in the back of the acoustic levels.

[...]

You got the impression that not only do you listen to music, but immerse yourself into the musical events and to “live” and “breathe” the music. You feel completely surrounded by a fine acoustic, which is very rare and you are able to forget everything around you.  The plucking of the strings, fine acoustic elements in the background, the A 2 brings all this to life. The extremely demanding listener will even forget the enormous purchase price for the A 2.  Also in “Miss You So”, by Diana Krall, the A 2 operated very well to make clear that it belongs to the best headphone amplifiers available.

[...]

The very experienced listener, who might have various noble headphones and appropriate headphone amplifiers, will be astounded at the A 2 sounds  so natural, so airy and superior, which especially thrills with instrumental solos such as pianos where it clearly presents even minimal dynamic differences when pressing the keys as if there were nothing easier .

[...]

Conclusion:
The beyerdynamic A 2 reliably meets the highest demands to the sound quality. With a strict selection of components and a top design it creates ideal conditions to reproduce even the finest acoustic nuances. Especially in conjunction with noble headphones it can distinguish perfectly.

Universal talent
ear-in 08-09/2014 und www.hifitest.de 09/2014
Title: Universal talent
Author: Martin Mertens

ear-in 08-09/2014 und www.hifitest.de 09/2014
Title: Universaltalent
Author: Martin Mertens

Translated from the original German article

[...]

If there is a headphone amplifier, which is the ideal of an amplifier that produces no intrinsic sound and no error, it is the A 2 from beyerdynamic. Here you can tell very clearly that professionals were at work who develop neutral devices and no sound machines. Therefore, I cannot describe any sonic signature of the A 2. In fact the A 2 has made all the different sounds of various headphones quite clear. I always had the impression that each headphone is really driven correctly. Of course I have experimented with the small switches on the bottom.

[...]

I was even more impressed as to how clear the beyerdynamic amplifier demonstrates the sonic differences of the individual D/A transducers.

[...]

Conclusion: This is the headphone amplifier for those who really want to know what sources or headphones can do. But be warned; if you thought until now that sonic differences between D/A converters or cables were high-end esoteric, after you purchase the A 2 you will like to discuss the sonic influence of network cables.
ear-in rating:
 
Reference class 1.3
Price/performance ratio: Excellent


Outstanding Performer
Stereo 10/2014
Title: Intellectual
Author: Tom Frantzen

Stereo 10/2014
Title: Intellectual
Author: Tom Frantzen

Translated from the original German article

[...]

The sound of the A 2 from beyerdynamic is a real high-flyer which gives the impression of a very well thought out idea in addition to the attractive design and excellent workmanship.

Price/performance ratio: Excellent (97%)

Perfect and honest
Audio 07/2014
Title: Heilbronn’s rise
Author: Alexandros Mitropoulos

Audio 07/2014
Title:  Heilbronn’s rise
Author: Alexandros Mitropoulos

Translated from the original German article

One way or another: The testers certify the headphone amplifier from Heilbronn has a perfect, honest and wide sound which has no analytical effect despite its neutrality. The A 2 maintained this character independent of the connected headphone: no matter if with magnetostats (…) or conventional dynamic headphones such as the own brand T1 (...) – the reproduction always appeared authentic and from one source. There is no need to worry about direct competitors: while the amplifier’s sound from Wedemark was more fine and airy, the amplifier from Heilbronn showed a vividly concrete reproduction. Regarding richness of detail, sound balance and dynamic, both played on the same high end level.

The enjoyment of playing
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 06/2014
Title: Pure source of the headphone
Author: Wolfgang Tunze

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 06/2014
Title: Pure source of the headphone
Author: Wolfgang Tunze

Translated from the original German article

We used two top-class beyerdynamic headphones for testing – the semi-open T 1 brand flagship and the open T 90. Never before have we heard the fine differences of the two headphones: the precise and analytical sound of the T 1 on one hand and the airy, sometimes almost casual sound of the T 90 on the other hand. Never before have we heard, which advantages have the outputs of an excellent headphone amplifier compared to standard amplifiers: a more detailed sound, the more exact definition of the room, the more lively enjoyment of playing and the greater clarity of the bass. In short: The A 2 really meets the requirement.

Superior sound
www.macrewind.de 04/2014
Title: “Sound in a high dosage”
Author: Frank Borowski

www.macrewind.de 04/2014
Title: Sound in a high dosage
Author: Frank Borowski

Practical test: Headphone amplifiers beyerdynamic A 2 versus M2 Tech Marley

Translated from the original German article

[...]

As for the sound, all three models are on top of the long evolution ladder, but beyerdynamic is still one or two steps higher, probably due to its better, integrated power supply, which has to be paid separately and dearly for the Marley and Meridian.

 

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