So just what exactly is this little piece of extremely expensive audio gear called the Vamp Verza? Without getting too nerdy (the audiophile blogs have us beat there), this is essentially a small high quality DAC (Digital Analog Converter) and Amplifier. The DAC takes digital signals (CD/Mp3) and converts these signals to high quality analog so the human ear can hear it. The Verza is also an Amp that pushes up the volume levels and acts as a battery that can also charge your USB / IOS device while you are using it.
CDs/MP3's are digital and vinyl records are analog… Your ears cannot hear a digital signal without a DAC,thus all digital players have one built in, usually something very basic. So that means all those with the need for something better (aka audiophiles) will spend lots of money and time to find that perfect device. You don't need to be an audiophile to appreciate this device, but that is definitely the target audience here.
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For many sound fanatics DACs for mobile devices have been a bit clumsy and awkward until now. In comes the V-Moda Vamp Verza to the rescue with not only a sleek high quality DAC/AMP but a case system called Verzadock that works with their Metallo cases almost seamlessly. Currently the Metallo cases are only available for the Galaxy 3 and the iPhone 5.
The Verzadock essentially creates a simple piggy back system for the case/phone to slide the Vamp right on the back, the case looks amazing and is a great solution to the previous model which required you to snap your phone in every time you used it.
So how does it sound? Well after about 3 weeks of continued use with various headphones, music genres and file types (WAV / MP3) it's a pretty major step above just plugging into the iPhone directly. It's louder, crisper and much more detailed across the board. Listening to uncompressed audio like a WAV file makes a big difference but for most it's just not that feasible to roll around with WAV files, but if you are serious about sound you make the effort. The Verza also comes with a 3D filter for use with external speakers to give the music more depth and a Bass Booster function, both of which we didn't really use much.
The Verza pairs extremely well with the V-Moda Crossfades M-100s, you hear every detail in perfect balance. DJ Magazine actually just named these their headphones of the year.
The V-Moda Vamp Verza is essentially the Maybach (RIP) of mobile audio devices and really only for those that are truly passionate about sound and performance. This kit is going to set you back about $700 but if you have the coin it's well worth it.
V-Moda Vamp Verza Headphone Amp ($598) and Metallo Case ($101)
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