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HiFiMAN EF499
HiFiMAN EF499
HiFiMAN EF499

HiFiMAN EF499: Entry-level DAC and headphone amplifier

HiFiMAN is known mainly for its on-ear planar headphones such as the Sundara and Arya They have released several desktop amps in the past, such as the EF600. Now HiFiMAN is expanding this line with two new devices: EF500 and EF499. These DACs/amplifiers are entry-level products: the EF500 costs $459 and the EF499 costs $299.

HiFiMAN EF499

 

HiFiMAN EF499​

The HiFiMAN EF499 offers the same benefits as the EF500 , but features the familiar Philips R2R DAC architecture, known for its naturally warm, full-range sound and the company’s signature audio tuning.

HiFiMAN EF499

Features of HiFiMAN EF499:

  • 3.5mm single-ended headphone output
  • Volume control
  • XLR 4-pin balanced headphone outputs
  • Single-ended RCA outputs
  • Inputs
    • USB-C
    • Coaxial
    • USB-B
    • Coaxial/Network+USB function switch
  • THD+N (line out): 0.008%(0dB)
  • Channel Separation: 95±3dB
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: 99 dB (A-weighted, AP Open Loop test)
  • Maximum Output Power: 4.35 WPC@32Ω balanced / 1.28 WPC@32Ω unbalanced

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