T+A Solitaire P & HA 200
T+A, the high-end specialist audio manufacturer based in Germany, announced the launch of its first-ever headphones and headphone amplifier - Solitaire P and HA 200. Hand-built in Germany, the corded over-ear planar-magnetostatic headphone design combines minimalist styling and the finest materials with class-leading research and development. Also hand-built in Germany, the HA 200 utilizes the company's flagship HV Series circuits in a Class-A design that operates at a high idle current, enabling it to drive even the most demanding headphones without difficulty. In no uncertain terms, T+A has created these products for those that crave a new level of headphone performance.
Like the company's flagship Solitaire series of loudspeakers, the new Solitaire P symbolizes the experience, expertise, and commitment in the design and development of sound transducers that have been the hallmark of the German specialist audio company for 41 years. Developed by a team that mixes young engineers with experienced physicists, all of who share a deep passion for music, the Solitaire P utilizes a sophisticated planar-magnetostatic design philosophy. With its ultra-lightweight membrane, which covers the whole area of the capsule and is positioned between the planar magnetostatic drive system, each drive unit delivers excellent sonic properties, with the entire surface area of the membrane driven to deliver a spacious, airy feel that is unique even for planar headphones. All materials used in the manufacture of the Solitaire P's are of the finest quality, featuring aircraft-grade aluminum and the softest leather.
Fitted with the proprietary T+A True 1 Bit digital/analog converter, capable of 32 Bit/768 kHz for PCM and DSD 1024 for Bitstream, the HA 200 headphone amplifier is a newly developed device that sets new standards in terms of technology and appearance. Each of the three headphone outputs can be accurately fine-tuned to match the connected headphones. Based on the company's HV analog technology, which is reserved for its flagship range of high-end audio components, the HA 200 is capable of driving even the most demanding of headphones, thanks to the high-quality power supply that features two separate toroidal power transformers - one for the analog circuits and the other for the digital circuits. There is no shortage of inputs either, with the HA 200 featuring 8 inputs, including 2 x analog and 6 x digital, if the optional HDMI board is utilized. The Solitaire P will be available with an MSRP of £4800. The HA 200 follows with the MSRP of £6600. Info and photos by T+A.