Did I ever tell you guys how I'm obsessed with aluminum audio equipment? Well, I am. And it's quite bad. So you can only imagine how I reacted earlier today while eating my bowl cereal and stumbling upon Audio Technica's Frankenstein headphone amp/iPod dock they've created.
So, if you're already set with a nice set of cans and have been in the market for a headphone amp for your iPod, Audio Technica's got a pretty interesting product that may be right up your alley. The new AT-HA35i amp doesn't skimp on the internals; you get a built-in D/A converter (192 kHz/24bit) and has an output of 440mWx2, 20-20kHz frequency response and support for 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz sampling. And while the iPod dock is awesome and all, we like the fact that you also get RCA, S-Video, and digital audio outputs on the back if you ever wanted to plug your PC or laptop into it as well.
The Audio Technica AT-HA35i amp retails for ¥50,400 (or about $560) when it hits shelves in Japan later this month.