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Ex­po­sure Elec­tron­ics has added an ‘HP’ head­phone am­pli­fier to its small half-width chas­sis XM se­ries. The new Ex­po­sure XM HP head­phone am­pli­fier is not just a head­phone am­pli­fier, be­cause it also in­cludes a mov­ing-mag­net phono stage, two line in­puts and a dig­i­tal-to-ana­logue con­verter with four SPDIF dig­i­tal in­puts and one USB in­put.

As with all other com­po­nents in the XM se­ries, Ex­po­sure’s chief de­signer, Tony Brady, has opted for a lin­ear rather than a switch­mode power sup­ply. The sup­ply in the XM HP has a 60VA cus­tom­made toroidal power trans­former. The head­phone cir­cuitry is en­tirely dis­crete, with Brady say­ing that he’s en­sured it has a suf­fi­ciently high cur­rent ca­pa­bil­ity to drive low-im­ped­ance head­phones. The cir­cuit can drive two pairs of head­phones si­mul­ta­ne­ously, via two pairs of 6.35mm jacks or two pairs of XLR jacks. Other mod­els in the Ex­po­sure half-width XM se­ries in­clude the XM3 phono stage, XM5 in­te­grated amp, XM7 preamp and XM9 mono power am­pli­fiers. In the UK, the Ex­po­sure XM HP Head­phone Am­pli­fier re­tails for £1,299. For more in­for­ma­tion please con­tact Ex­po­sure’s Aus­tralian distrib­u­tor, RVM Aus­tralia on (08) 9417 9944 or visit www.rvm.com.au

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