When it comes to recreating a mind-blowing virtual soundstage, our mobile devices have failed us. Yet we remain silent, content to soak in sub par low fidelity audio. One company struck back with a solution that not only supercharged smartphone music playback but encased the device in a protective metal housing. This was V-Moda’s VAMP iPhone Case Amplifier.
Fast-forward 9-months and the company has given birth to a new audio offspring–two in fact. The VAMP Verza amplifier and Metallo machined aluminum case take the power and mechanics of the original VAMP to the next level. The VERZA amp shares similar specs to Papa bear. It uses the same 150mW x 2 headphone amplifier. It has 2 digital-to-analog converters (DAC) and features a 2200mAh battery pack to keep your device charged.
Yet unlike the VAMP, the VERZA is quite friendly with other suitors beyond the iPhone. The Metallo case uses a new docking system. The patent-pending VERZADOCK system is said to integrate seamlessly with Samsung Galaxy S 3 and will soon be made to support iPhone 5 and the imminent Samsung Galaxy S 4. The case locks into place on your mobile device and can be used independent of the VERZA amp.
Not to be outclassed the VERZA amplifier can also fly solo and function as a standalone USB amplifier. But there’s no doubt it looks slick attached to the Metallo case (sold separately). These things are machine cut and anodized from a single aluminum block.
VAMP VERZA Features
- Designed in Italy, Made in Japan
- VERZADOCK Compatible (patent-pending)
- Hi-Fi 150mW x 2 (USB Mode), 130mW x 2 (iOS Mode) amplifier
- 2200 mA/h battery with up to 7 hours of playback
- Charges iPhone, iPod and USB devices
- 2 Dedicated DACs (USB/iOS)
- 6-Layer PCB for low noise, anti-interference
- Rotary dial volume control/on-off switch
- Variable Gain Switch
- Optical Audio Output
- 3 Distinct Sound Enhancement Modes
- Pure Audio
- Bass Enhancer (iOS Mode Only)
- 3D (Optimized for Home and Car stereos)
- Lightweight 190g
Metallo Case Features
- Designer protection for your phone
- V-ANGLE Lightweight Machined Metal
- Interchangeable VERZADOCK Plate (patent-pending)
- Sliding lock mechanism (patent-pending)
- Compatible with Vamp VERZA AMP/DAC/Battery Pack
The V-MODA VAM VERZA will be available worldwide in Matte Black, Shadow (red and brushed black metal) and white with orange highlights at Amazon for $600. The METALLO case is now available for pre-orders.
Shawn loves gadgets, literature, history and games. For 10yrs+ he's straddled both the comic book & video game industries, as a writer, editor, marketing officer & producer. Shawn got his start in tech & games as an editor & Hardware Director for GameRevolution.com. More notable accomplishments include Executive Producer on mobile games Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved & The Shroud.