V-MODA's VAMP VERZA brings a Hi-Fi amplifier & battery pack to many of today's popular devices
posted by John V. / Mar 15, 2013, 3:12 PM
In this day and age, it shouldn’t be a surprise to many people that audio quality has become a focal point with many of today’s popular smartphones. Some devices have cool audio centric features like support for Beats Audio, which provides for an inviting amount of aamplification, but some simply don’t try to do anything extensive. Well, if you regard yourself as a true audiophile, you’ll probably be drooling over what popular headphones maker, V-MODA, has to offer with its new VAMP VERZA Hi-Fi USB Audio Amplifier.
For hardcore Hi-Fi fanatics, there’s just so much power that the 3.5mm headset jacks on most smartphones can deliver, but with this portable Hi-Fi accessory, it’s surely to replace the traditional units that they’re accustomed to using at home or work. Featuring an integrated 150mW x 2 headphone amplifier, 2 DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converters), and a 2200mAh battery pack, the VAMP VERZA seems like the all-in-one solution. In fact, it’s gunning to provide impeccable and crystal clear audio quality with barely an ounce of distortion.
At first glance the VAMP VERZA unit itself is a beastly thing to carry along, as gigantic in size to many of today’s smartphone, but the beauty in it lies in the way it can be attached to V-MODA’s Metallo cases. Currently, pre-orders of it are available for the Samsung Galaxy S III – with limited quantities of the iPhone 5 are coming within the next two weeks. Also, V-MODA is planning to offer Metallo cases for many other popular smartphones, like the Note II, recently announced Galaxy S 4, and other select smartphones. Essentially, these metallic skeleton cases allow the VAMP VERZA to slide into its back surface – allowing users to carry the Hi-Fi amplifier anywhere they go.
Beyond its amplification prowess, the VAMP VERZA also doubles as a portable battery too, which allows it to charge up devices on the go. First and foremost, this is a specialized accessory that target Hi-Fi centric individuals, since the VAMP VERZA is priced at a staggering $598 through various retail outlets. Furthermore, the upcoming Metallo cases are going to be priced at $101 – so be prepared to fork over some serious dough if you’re downright adamant about this audio gear.
V-MODA Invents VAMP VERZA and Metallo, the World’s First Hi-Fi Amplifier, DAC, Battery and Docking Metal Case for Samsung Galaxy S III, S IV, iPhone 5
Mobile Hi-Fi system featuring groundbreaking VERZADOCK brings audiophile fidelity to Android, iOS, Windows, Mac and more
Milano – March 13, 2013 – V-MODA, designer of the award-winning, crowdsourced Crossfade M-100, announces its latest inventions, VAMP VERZA and Metallo case. Geared for the modern audio connoisseur, VERZA transforms your smartphone into a mobile hi-fi system. Designed in Italy and made in Japan, it builds off of the original VAMP for iPhone 4/4S featuring an integrated 150mW x 2 headphone amplifier, 2 DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converters) and a 2200mAh battery pack. VAMP VERZA also introduces the patent-pending VERZADOCK that seamlessly integrates with popular smartphone and tablets.
VAMP VERZA can be used as a standalone Hi-Fi USB Audio amplifier, or mobile audiophiles can dock it with the machined METALLO case built specifically for the Samsung Galaxy S III. Future cases for the Samsung Galaxy S IV, Note II and iPhone 5 will be available in the upcoming months. Metallo slides and locks onto VERZA’s high-performance audio engine with the VERZADOCK rail mechanism designed for optimal precision and tactility. The case can be used independently with the included back cover for times when portability is more important than function.
“Today's smartphones offer an array of robust features, but for the 'prosumer,' it leaves something to be desired. For example, photography enthusiasts still need a DSLR and several additional lenses. Comparably, for the avid audiophile, VAMP VERZA supplements the poor audio quality produced by smartphones and delivers the purest fidelity imaginable. We shrank the analog-age component spirit into a sleek, spy-like multifunction gadget that is portable enough to use anytime, anywhere,” states Val Kolton, Chief Visionary Officer at V-MODA. “When you combine VAMP VERZA, Metallo, M-100, and the new Samsung Galaxy S III/S IV, Note or iPhone 5, you achieve the ultimate technology trifecta that truly stands apart from the crowd.”
Audiophile Sound & Anti-interference Technology VAMP VERZA’s audiophile-grade dedicated DACs extracts pure digital output from your computer, Android, or iOS device via USB/micro-USB and converts it into analog form for the purest mobile audio listening experience. VERZA’s 150mW x 2 amplifier delivers enhanced power for higher end headphones and up to 7 hours of playback. Low noise anti-interference is provided by Burr Brown, AKM DAC and a 6-layer PCB, features usually found only in hi-end digital players. These features isolate the components so your audio sounds more like the original recording with less resonance, radio interference and background noise. VAMP’s rotary volume knob allows you to finely control your volume and the hi/lo gain switch adjusts the output level.
Additionally, professional musicians can use the VAMP VERZA with their computer or portable device to audition, mix and master projects on the road trusting the sound is consistent from device to device.
USB Battery Charger and Optical Output The 2200 mAh lithium-ion battery can be used as a backup power source for virtually any USB powered device, and can double most smartphone’s battery life. Another unique feature is an optical audio output that allows you to connect VAMP VERZA to your A/V receiver, DJ mixer or aftermarket car stereo via Toslink or SPDIF optical audio, transforming your device into a Hi-Fi grade audio source.
Metallo Case The new designer Metallo cases defend your smartphone and are machined and anodized from a single aluminum metal block. Each unit takes nearly an hour to machine the unique V-ANGLE design and finishes. The lightweight Metallo can be used independently of the VAMP VERZA as one of the back plates is designed for ultra-portable use. The second back plate, VERZADOCK, bolts onto the VAMP VERZA’s 4-bolt main so that you can slide and lock the phone onto VAMP VERZA. The precision is unique and even the sound when switching the plates or docking was tuned to emulate unsheathing a sword. When docked to VAMP VERZA, it locks safely into place with a sliding lock mechanism. To use your camera, simply pull the case out and up.
Metallo is available for pre-order for the Samsung Galaxy S III and will ship within two weeks. Metallo for iPhone 5 will be available in limited quantities for crowd-sourced beta testing within two weeks. Metallo will also be made for the Samsung Galaxy S IV, Note II and select devices in the near future.
VAMP VERZA Features • Designed in Italy, Made in Japan • VERZADOCK Compatible (patent-pending) • Hi-Fi 150mW x 2 (USB Mode), 130mW x 2 (iOS Mode) amplifier • 2200 mA/h battery with up to 7 hours of playback • Charges iPhone, iPod and USB devices • 2 Dedicated DACs (USB/iOS) • 6-Layer PCB for low noise, anti-interference • Rotary dial volume control/on-off switch • Variable Gain Switch • Optical Audio Output • 3 Distinct Sound Enhancement Modes o Pure Audio o Bass Enhancer (iOS Mode Only) o 3D (Optimized for Home and Car stereos) • Lightweight 190g
Metallo Case Features • Designer protection for your phone
I like the fact that it's designed for smartphones but I don't think VModa can built a decent portable amp. I don't think this will sell well either. Their products can be compared to Bose ones(I wouldn't go as far to compare VModa to Beats/Soul/Skullcandy and other commercial craps like these though), which are designed for the "mainstream" market. I can hardly imagine non-audiophiles putting $600 in a product like this. And audiophiles, well, will buy better yet cheaper portable DAC/AMP like the JdsL C421, O2, Fiio E12, Audinst Amp-hp etc..
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