Cocktail Audio HA500H Hybrid Headphone Amp/Preamp/Asynchronous USB DAC (Black)

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cocktailAudio HA500H

High Performance Hybrid Headphone Amplifier, DAC,
Pre-Amplifier and Asynchronous USB DAC for audiophiles

Feel not only beautiful and warm sound delivered by Vacuum
Tubes, but also transparent and dynamic sound created by Solid State

Natural and magnificent sound reproduction of the HA500H
will fascinate music lovers and audiophiles Pre-Amplifier and Asynchronous USB
DAC for audiophiles

The HA500H is a premium Hybrid Headphone Amplifier, DAC,
Pre-Amplifier and Asynchronous USB DAC for audiophiles. It is equipped with
two(2) ECC82 vacuum tubes and solid state OP Amp, which will work as preamp
stage for the headphone section, and will work as out stage for the pre-out
section, while solid state transistors are built in at power amp stage for
headphone section. So, you can select one out of Tube and OP Amp according to
character of music, your feelings and mood.

All music has its own character. Some music needs to be reproduced clearly and
dynamically, others will be better when they are played warmly and smoothly.
The HA500H will be the best device that will let you choose different sonic
signature in reproducing music according to your feelings and music character.

The HA500H offers impedance selector(High/Low) with which you can choose one of
High or Low impedance, which suits better your headphones.

Equipped with two(2) Sabre³² ES9018K2M DAC(one DAC per channel), additional
multicore microcontroller for high performance USB Audio DAC, completely
isolated circuit design for analogue and digital section with customized SMPS
and Toroidal Transformer and high quality aluminum enclosure crafted precisely
by CNC machine with beautiful glass-sanding finish, the HA500H will be
Reference Level Hybrid Headphone Amplifier, DAC, Pre-Amplifier and Asynchronous
USB DAC for audiophiles.

Dual ESS Sabre³² ES9018K2M DACs built in for right
channel and left channel separately

Two(2) Sabre³² ES9018K2M DAC chips are built in for right
and left channels separately. The world’s best performing 32Bit audio DAC
solution, the ES9018K2M offers unexampled DNR(Dynamic Range) of up to 127dB and
THD+N(Total Harmonic Distortion plus Noise) of -120dB. As the HA500H is
circuit-designed with two DAC chips allocated for each channel separately, its
Dynamic Range will be far increased and much better sound quality can be guaranteed

Two(2) ECC82 Vacuum Tubes

Based on our exclusive technologies to match up solid state
electronics with vacuum tube, the HA500H was developed to let audiophiles and
music lovers experience mellow and enthralling sound adding warmth and depth to
the music. A pair of ECC82 Vacuum Tubes are installed for preamp stage of
headphone section and for out stage of pre-out section. It delivers a
breathtaking sound enough to attract audiophiles’ attention

Balanced Circuit Design

The HA500H is circuit-designed by fully balanced
technologies for internal analogue audio signal path. The unbalanced(single-ended)
analog input will be converted to the balanced at input buffer, and it will go
into ADC. The balanced analog input will go into ADC as it is. For all digital
audio input, the signal flows in balanced mode all the way from the DAC to the
output connectors. All single-ended(unbalanced) outputs are originated from the
balanced signal as well. The balanced circuit design surely helps to reduce
common-mode noise and improves signal quality. The balanced headphone output
provides twice the voltage and four times the power of the
single-ended(unbalanced) output, enabling the HA500H to drive headphones which
request lots of power. It also provides better channel separation by
eliminating the common ground return path.

Isolated Power Source Circuit Design and Toroidal Power

To minimize idle noises and electrical interference, power
source for digital and analogue section is isolated designed. Instead of
cost-effective laminated steel core transformers, the HA500H applied the
customized high-quality toroidal power transformer which ensures unexcelled
power efficiency and minimizes exterior magnetic fields.

Perfect Asynchronous USB DAC and Hi-Res Audio

For audiophiles and music lovers who use PC, X50D or X50Pro
as source device, the HA500H will be a perfect Hybrid Asynchronous USB DAC,
which will surely deliver a wonderful sound by using the high precision clock
inside to drive the audio signal precisely and dual ESS Sabre³² Reference DAC
chips inside to convert digital signal to analogue. The HA500H USB DAC Input
supports MQA(Master Quality Authenticated), Native DSD64/128/256 and PCM signal
up to 32Bit/384Khz

Wireless Playback via aptX Bluetooth

As HA500H offers Bluetooth receiver which allows you to play
music files in your mobile devices wirelessly via the HA500H. It supports A2DP
and AVRCP profiles and SBC(Subband codec), aptX, AAC and MP3

12V Trigger Input and Output

Ideally, it is best way to power on in order of a source
device, DAC, Pre-amplifier and Power Amplifier when power on hifi audio
systems, Of course, the reverse order is recommended when turn off the power.
The HA500H offers 12V trigger output and input. When it is used as a pre-amplifier,
its trigger output can power on the connected power amplifier automatically
when the HA500H is powered on. If you connect its trigger input to the trigger
output of the connected source device, the HA500H can be turned on automatically
when the source device is powered on.

Selectable Headphone Out Impedance / Highly Adjustable
Gain Setting

The HA500H offers the feature to select Headphone Output
Impedance(High/Low), so that you could set to proper impedance for optimal
sound quality and the best matching with your headphones’ sensitivity. You may
select one of High and Low.
The HA500H’s volume can be precisely and seamlessly
controllable via the bundled cute remote control. The headphone amplifier also
provides separate adjustments for the impedance and sensitivity of the
connected headphones, as well as different levels of the audio sources. This
features allow headphones between 16 ohms and 600 ohms to be worked perfectly
with the HA500H with wonderful sound quality.

High Connectivity

The HA500H offers very high connectivity. As it provides
Analog Inputs(Balanced and Unbalanced), Digital Inputs(Coaxial, Toslink,
AES/EBU), I²S Input(HDMI) and USB Audio Input, you can connect various source
devices to the HA500H almost without limitation. Especially, the HA500H can be
connected to the I²S HDMI Output of the X50Pro and X50D perfectly to play
Native DSD, MQA and up to 384Khz PCM with great sound quality.

For outputs, it offers Balanced/Unbalanced Line Outputs and Balanced/Unbalanced
Headphone Outputs.

Remote Control

A cute remote control is provided to control the HA500H
remotely. It will allow you to do volume control, mute, setting, input change,
source device selection, etc

Convenient Operation with 5 inch screen/Sophisticated and
intuitive operation

5inch TFT LCD screen on the front will help to operate the
HA500H easily and to get information how it is working. VU meters provide
precise metering with a classic feel that matches with the warm, analog tone
from the tubes

Outlooking Design & Build Quality

The HA500H is very rigidly and clearly structured, and it
has simple and noble exterior design with top quality beautiful glass-sanding
aluminum, which is crafted minutely by CNC machine.

The five(5) inch screen is located on the center of front with smart two
ventilations sections for the vacuum tubes located on the top surface. This is
another eye-catcher for the HA500H. For the rear and bottom side, 2mm high
quality steel is used to give stability and rigidity along with additional
resistance from external vibrations. The HA500H is immensely solid desktop
headphone amplifier and DAC with total weight of 6.9Kg(15.2 lbs)

Breathtaking Sound Quality and Hi-RES Audio

Experience dramatic, unbelievably natural and brilliant
sound created by a combination of vacuum tubes and solid state electronics

The HA500H will deliver the warm and mellow sound created by two(2) ECC82 vacuum
tubes, and also transparent and dynamic sound by a pair of high quality OP Amp.
Feel rich, simply magnificent and delightful sound with an extraordinary amount
of details regardless of headphones of any impedance.

The HA500H can support DSD64/128/256, MQA and up to 384KHz PCM Hi-Res Audio to
deliver magnificent sound quality that is as close as possible to the master
recording level at studio.

Easy Operation with Various Information

You can operate HA500H easily with 5 inch screen and five(5)
functions keys on the front

  • Five(5)
    keys like Tube ON/OFF, Headphone Impedance High/Low, Setup, Line Out or
    Headphone Out, Balanced or Unbalanced for headphone out
  • Setup
    to set various options like volume fixed/variable for Line Out. Analog In
    Volume, Kind of Input Level Display, LCD Brightness, LCD off time, etc

  • To select Input Source


Three(3) kinds of Input Level display

HA500H offers three(3) kinds of Input Level display. You can
select one you prefer to.

Summary of the HA500H functions

Hybrid(Vacuum Tubes & Solid State Electronics) Headphone

Hybrid Premium Digital to Analog Converter


Asynchronous USB DAC

Perfect Combination with X50Pro or X50D

Experience a perfect audio system via a combination of
HA500H and Premium Pure Digital Music Server, cocktailAudio X50Pro or X50D

Additional information

Weight 0.00000000 lbs

Model name HA500H
Display 5.0" TFT LCD(800 x 480 pixels)
Interface Key & Jog(Volume/Scroll), IR Remote Control
Input Analog Unbalanced(RCA) Input impedance: 47K ohm, Default 2Vrms(controllable 1 ~ 4Vrms)
Balanced(XLR) Input impedance: 47K ohm, Default 4Vrms(controllable 2 ~ 8Vrms)
Digital COAXIAL x 1 Sample Rate: up to 192Khz
Toslink x 1 Sample Rate: up to 192Khz
AES/EBU x 1 Sample Rate: up to 192Khz
I²S HDMI x 1 Native DSD256, DoP(Max DSD128), PCM up to 384Khz, MQA
Bluetooth Input Bluetooth 4.2 Profile: AVRCP/A2DP, Format: SBC, aptX, AAC, MP3
USB DAC Audio USB B Type x 1 USB Audio Class 2.0, Support up to PCM 32Bit/384Khz, Native DSD256, MQA384Khz
DAC Performance;
Sabre³² ES9018K2M Dual DAC(One per each channel) Sabre³² ES9018K2M Dual DAC Balanced Line Out( XLR x 2 ) Dynamic Range: 130dB(Max 4Vrms/8Vrms, Stereo) THD+N:0.0004%
Unbalanced Line Out(RCA x 2)) Dynamic Range: 130dB(Max 2Vrms/4Vrms, Stereo) THD+N:0.0004%
Analog Out Spec
(※ Not applicable to Tube) Balanced Line Out(XLR) Unbalanced Line Out(RCA)
Rated Output Level(High/Low) High – 8Vrms / Low – 4Vrms High – 4Vrms / Low – 2Vrms
Frequency Response 10Hz ~ 80KHz: +/- 0.1dB 10Hz ~ 80KHz: +/- 0.1dB
20Hz ~ 20KHz: +/- 0.01dB 20Hz ~ 20KHz: +/- 0.01dB
THD+N @ 1KHz(20Hz ~ 20KHz) < -105dB (< 0.00056%) < -105dB (< 0.00056%)
Channel Separation -110dB -110dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio < -113dB < -112dB
Headphone Out Spec
(※ Not applicable to Tube) Balanced Output Unbalanced Output
Impedance to be selected High Low High Low
Rated Output Power 600 ohm 485mW per CH 120mW per CH 125mW per CH 31mW per CH
16 ohm n/a n/a 1100mW per CH 450mW per CH
Frequency Response 10Hz ~ 80KHz ±0.5dB 10Hz ~ 80KHz ±0.15dB 10Hz ~ 80KHz ±0.5dB 10Hz ~ 80KHz ±0.5dB
THD+N@1KHz(20Hz ~ 20KHz) 0.001% (-100dB) 0.0012% (-99dB) 0.009% (-81dB) 0.0041%(-88dB)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio < -111dB < -113dB < -106dB < -110dB
General Information Trigger Input Max. 12V
Output Max 200mA, 12Vl
Headphone Out Pin Order Balanced(XLR-4pin) 1: L+, 2: L-, 3: R+, 4: R-, Shell: Ground
Unbalanced(6.35mm) Tip: L, Ring: R, Sleeve: Ground
Recommended Headphone Impedance 16 ohm ~ 600 ohm
Power Supply AC 110-120V~ / 220-240V~, 50/60Hz Auto-sensing
Power Consumption 50W(Operation), 0.5W(Standby)
Mechanical Material Front, Body, Top, Knob High quality and beautiful glass-sanding aluminum crafted by CNC
Rear, bottom High quality steel
Dimensions Without foot 270mm(W) x 333mm(D) x 85mm(H)
With foot 270mm(W) x 333mm(D) x 90mm(H)
Weight 6.9 Kg(15.2 lbs)
Certificate CE, FCC, EMI, etc
※ Specification may be changed without notification

2 reviews for Cocktail Audio HA500H Hybrid Headphone Amp/Preamp/Asynchronous USB DAC (Black)

  1. Trogg82 (verified owner)

    This is wonderful headphone app, it’s smooth and controlled quality to it. Not to say it can’t be dynamic or exciting. It doesn’t provide you any artificial or exaggerated information. The amplifier tube section adds a wonderful warm hug to vocalists and the DAC is clean and dynamic. Everything about this product feels high end. If I had to pick something to change, it would be the Bluetooth module. I wish I could send signal to my Bluetooth speakers.

  2. Jake

    This is the ultimate expandable All-In-One Hi-Fi Piece. I use it in my small studio, recently converted to ITB, primarily as my DAC/clock source, and I love the relay-based switches between the headphone-out and pre-outs to my monitors to know I have as little signal noise as possible. Each circuit has its own board, along with the "power" sections and transformer being completely isolated electrically, and physically from the other areas. One great thing after inspecting this piece, is all of the circuitry is fully balanced! No matter if it’s RCA plugs, or an un-balanced headphone, internally the signals are converted, and treated the exact same to keep down on noise. The tube function is great for a very subtle low and mid saturation, and a slight roll of the highs, which is nice to see if a track is a bit "sterile". The unit also stays very cool after many days of staying on, and has a nice "overbuilt" feel to it, something rare in today’s world.

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