Qinpu Q2 Desktop Hi-Fi PC and Headphone Amplifier Review
It can be difficult expressing yourself in the world of PC audio. Big dogs like Logitec and Altec Lansing seem to be ruling the masses and ever set of speakers coming out seems to be of the same cookie cutter design. What ever happened to the days of tube driven amps and retro style. Why can’t they make just one new series of retro PC speaker system to match your style? Quinpu has done just that with their incredible product the Qinpu Q2 . Mixing the retro stylings of a tube amp with the low profile design of a solid state amp you get the beautiful offspring for any audiophile: the Q2. Let’s get a closer look at this distinguished amplifier:
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Normally at this point we usually talk about the packaging but we are going to skip that because this is not a retail product. The fact that it is web sale based only makes the packaging unimportant. I will say this: it comes shipped in a very secure package so tube damage and esthetic damage shouldn’t be an issue. So let’s get right in to the esthetics. The Qinpu Q2 Desktop Amplifier looks like something straight out of a classic Flash Gordon black and white sci-fi. I love the look of exposed tubes it makes the Q2 stand out against your average Logitech product. The over all build quality is incredibly durable while not sacrificing style. The design of the Qinpu Q2 Desktop Amplifier is in the love it or hate it category. Everyone that has seen this amp sitting on my desk has loved it. My dad came over the other day and started instantly coveting it.
Now let’s get into the ins and outs of the Qinpu Q2 Desktop Amplifier (pardon the pun). A little part of my sense of humor died just now. Anyways moving on, the nice thing I found with the Qinpu Q2 Desktop Amplifier is the fact that it has 2 inputs and both different styles which means you can your PC and if you happen to want to plug in your mp3 player on the fly it’s just a matter of turning a knob. The on the fly input is nice. As for outputs you get two: one for your headphones and one for your speakers. This is great but one thing the Qinpu Q2 Desktop Amplifier doesn’t have is auto switching. So if you want to just listen to your headphones you have to disconnect your speakers. This little inconvenience aside this is a very multi-functional piece of equipment. The extra inputs are awesome I sang the praise of the Edifier M3400’s for this very reason as well.
One thing you will notice is that my tube is a little crooked in these pictures. This is something that happened during shipping but I was able to straighten it without any issues. So with that said let’s talk about the style again. The Qinpu Q2 Desktop Amplifier is by far the sexiest audio device I have in my home. The additions of a blue LED, while normally makes things look a bit cheesy, makes the Qinpu Q2 Desktop Amplifier look even better. It is not too over the top it has just the right glow to still have a sophisticated look to it.
Let’s get to the specs and testing: