Building upon the acclaimed CanAmp and integrating aspects of their Luna modular classic, the Canalot, as with most of the classic design of Heed Modular devices, meets the high-tech solutions of the digital world and in addition, their unique speaker driving system. If you are not into the many-box hi-fi racks or space-eating speakers and amplifiers, CanAlot provides a nice alternative and somewhat different proposition.
Like the CanAmp, this is also a two-stage amplifier, and has a pure class-A output stage as well. But similarities end here. Canalot is a rare piece amongst the headphone amplifiers with its RC-coupled output (Heed's signature speciality). It almost works like their famous Transcap-technology amplifiers, conveying all of their benefits. Of course, the power delivery system is tuned to the lower demands of the headphones.
Perfect for anyone wanting extreme performance with their headphones, and a perfect 'desktop' audio system in its own right (can be used very effectively as a pre-amplifier as well). For a nice and smooth sound the Canalot has heed's new regulated power supply. It works well with the supplied outboard PSU, but of course, there is always an upgrade option. The Q-PSU is the next step up with its generously sized linear, regulated power rails - and when coupled with the CanAlot this combination as a headphone amplifier by itself will lose you in the immediacy and intimacy of music.
As upgrades go, apart from the power supply addition that the Q-PSU offers, the Canalot can be upgraded to utilise the 1.3 DAC card and also the 2.0 USB card, and can work like a 192 kHz / 24 bit capable digital-analogue converter with either a computer or any S/PDIF-output sources.
Power supply options: X-PSU 40 (standard) / Q-PSU / Obelisk PX
Reference is an over used word these days in amplification and in Hi-Fi in general, but if you were to 'reference' a product for sheer musicality (especially in today's increasingly ''austere" digital world) that invokes such warmth, tonal dexterity and realism - then the Heed Canalot would be one of the first options on a page.