WA8 Eclipse Headphone Amplifier / DAC

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Overview

WA8 Eclipse is the world's first battery-operated vacuum tube headphone amplifier and DAC. Featuring SET Class-A transformer output for transparent sound quality, a built-in 24bit/384kHz DAC, and easy transportability/set-up, it’s capable of driving high-end headphones of 8–600 ohm impedance, while its ultra-low noise circuitry is ideal for in-ear monitors.

While portable, the Eclipse boasts a robust military-grade vacuum tube design rated for 5,000 hours of life. Versatile in analog and digital realms, it offers two- or three-tube operation to tailor the sound quality to a variety of headphones and in-ear monitors. The Class-A, Single-ended Triode topology uses ultra-efficient OCC single crystal copper output transformers offering high bandwidth and low loss. The Eclipse also uses an audiophile-grade ESS SABRE Reference 24bit/384kHz and up to DSD128 DAC, excelling with hi-res music files and compatible with Apple iOS and Android devices.

The Eclipse operates via external DC power or "off-the-grid" battery operation. Advanced technology provides steady and pristine power to the vacuum tubes and the DAC, offering several hours of play – and the unit is operable during charging. For the first time, high-fidelity and uncompromised sound can be achieved without boundaries. WA8 Eclipse is the ideal audio system for the home, in the office or in hotels around the world.

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Highlights

  • Compatible with Apple iPhone/iPad, Android devices, Mac and Windows computers, how-to video LEARN MORE

  • Gorilla glass cover to showcase tubes: Subminiature 6S31B power x2, 6021 driver x1

  • User selectable two or three tubes operation

  • Single-ended, all-tube design (not hybrid), Class A

  • Custom Ni Alloy core output transformers

  • ESS SABRE Reference DAC

  • Hi-Res music playback 24 bit, 384kHz PCM, and up to DSD128

  • XMOS xCORE-AUDIO asynchronous clocking USB Type-B Input x 1, 1/8" (3.5mm) analog Input x 1

  • 1/4” (6.3mm) and 1/8" (3.5mm) headphone outputs (8–600 Ohms)

  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery

  • Up to 4 hrs. of continuous music playback

  • Anodized aluminum chassis available in black, space gray and gold

  • Power rating (3-tube): 250mW @32Ω, 350mW @50Ω, 180mW @120Ω, 120mW@300, 80mW @600Ω

  • Dimensions: 6.69" (L) x 3.6" (W) x 1.69" (D) 2.4lbs.

  • Global voltage (100v–240v) without a converter

*Specifications and appearance are subject to change for improvement without notice.

*Specifications and appearance are subject to change for improvement without notice.



In the Box

  • Quick start guide

  • WA8 Eclipse amplifier/DAC x 1

  • Pelican hard case x 1

  • AC Charger x 1

  • USB cable x 1