Furutech and Alpha Design Labs at 2013 CES Discover Your Inner Sound!
1/24/2013 • Tokyo-based ADL by Furutech™ aims high with an expanding line of Japanese-designed precision products including the superb sounding and unimaginably comfortable H118 Headphones making their official debut at CES along with a prototype of the Alpha Design Labs by Furutech X1 Portable Headphone Amplifier and new upgrade cables for some of the world's top-selling headphones brands.
It's All In Your Head!
What could possibly be more intimate than listening to music through headphones? It's just you and the sound in your head. Headphones are in close sonic and physical contact with the listener and many have too much bass, or they're too bright with a thick, congealed midrange, and most of them are uncomfortable to wear and ultimately fatiguing.
The flared headband and tapered over-the-ear transducer shape make the H118 Headphones supremely comfortable, an observation everyone makes before suddenly being captured by the sound, upon which they fall silent! The ADL H118 is balanced in a completely audiophile way, a very Furutech way! Rich tonal colors and textures with intimate and close harmonic interplay, a sense of space and quiet backgrounds; the resonance of music itself creates an involving emotional experience when you're THIS CLOSE to the music! Now shipping at $299.
Pair H118s with Alpha Design Labs Esprit or GT40 USB DAC/Preamplifiers, the Stride and Cruise Portable Headphone Amplifiers, or any other quality headphone playback system and become intimate with your music again. New ADL cables at CES include the iHP35 series 3.5mm stereo connectors, 3.5mm-to-MMCX, and 3.5mm-to-mini-XLR.
The other star of the show was the prototype of the X1 USB DAC. It goes anywhere, stacks easily for travel, and has a long-lasting Li-ion battery. It's small, discrete highly specified with inputs supporting Apple's iOS and Android digital at up to 16/48 for iPods, iPhones and iPads. The X1 also runs 24/192 SPDIF with high-resolution files from a PC. There's an analog line-level 4-pin 3.5mm input and a 4-pin 3.5mm output for headphones in the 12~600 ohm range. The 4-pin input supports 3.5mm Remote and Mic Earphones. The 3.5mm TOSLINK optical output delivers SPDIF up to 24/192 as well. There's a convenient GND TRRS switch making it easy to change from one 4-pin set of 'phones to another. On the go or in your stereo the X1 delivers stunning sound.