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UAMP - Soul Shaking Audio for Your Ears

Created by Bartosz Kowalski & Joseph Chehade

UAMP - Soul Shaking Audio for Your Ears
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3,623 backers pledged $296,998.00 on Kickstarter

Enrich your listening experience and overcome your music player’s limitations with Uamp, a headphone amplifier in a portable package!

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Uamp — Soul Shaking Audio For Your Ears
Enrich your listening experience and overcome your music player’s limitations with Uamp, a headph... more »
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Learn About Our Project:

Listening to music should always be a fun, engaging and magical experience. Our aim is to provide you with the best possible sound quality on an affordable and portable device. 

The amazing clarity and nuanced sound of hi-end audio equipment captures music as it was meant to be heard, at its fullest potential, but this level of sound quality is not available on current portable music players. 

We think that this kind of musical experience should be accessible and affordable to everyone. We believe that with your support Uamp could change the way we listen to and appreciate music, and allow all music lovers to enjoy a higher standard of audio quality.

Uamp is a link between your music player and your headphones. It’s a tiny amplifier which can produce the kind of premium quality audio that you expect from hi-end audio equipment used by audiophiles and sound producers. 

An amplifier magnifies an audio signal which is then emitted by a loudspeaker, or in this case, your headphones. An amplifier can be built into a device, such as an iPhone, or it can be an external unit. If you’re using a weak amplifier, as you turn the volume up the sound will become more distorted, but a good quality amplifier can produce clean, beautiful sound at the same high volume. 

This is the high-fidelity sound that Uamp provides.

Use Uamp on the go or on your desk
Use Uamp on the go or on your desk

PROBLEM: Sound quality has actually trended down, taking a back seat to convenience.

Our smartphones and other portable music devices are great at storing thousands of songs, but great quality audio has been abandoned in favor of cheap, inferior output. 

Unfortunately, the manufacturers of portable music players are restricted by size and cost limitations, so built-in amps in portable devices are usually the smallest and cheapest units available, whilst still meeting minimum requirements. 

However, if you've listened to music through hi-fi audio equipment, you’ll know that it is clearer, louder, richer-sounding music with a superior bass – a rewarding auditory experience which is unfortunately expensive, too large to be portable, and not readily available to the average music listener.

That’s where Uamp comes in. We wanted to capture that premium sound you get from hi-end audio equipment and make it available on every device, without the complications, terrible interfaces, or exorbitant costs. Uamp provides the same hi-fi sound for a fraction of the price and size of standard amplifiers. 

The Uamp unit measures 43 x 43 x 9mm and weighs just 26 grams – we’ve crammed all the electronics of a hi-end amp into one tiny device. Its nano design means it can easily fit into the smallest of pockets, allowing you to carry it with you anywhere – walking, jogging and cycling, or travelling on the bus, train and plane. Combined with its ten hour battery life, Uamp is truly a portable device. 

Take Uamp anywhere - 10 hour rechargeable battery
Take Uamp anywhere - 10 hour rechargeable battery

Simply plug it into your iPod, iPad, iPhone, Android device, laptop, or any device with a 3.5mm headphone output and experience turbocharged sound!

Durable aluminum design
Durable aluminum design

Uamp is for everyone. It works with all headphones on the market. If you use expensive headphones, you’ll know that they need a more powerful amp to work well. The headphone output in mobiles simply doesn’t have enough clout, making it hard to hear your music in crowded places, like when you’re travelling on the bus. 

Luckily, Uamp has five times more power than the amp in an iPhone, enabling you to get the most out of those costly headphones. But what if, like me, you use those standard white ear buds that come with your iPhone? You’ll be glad to know that Uamp improves sound quality on cheaper headphones as well – Uamp delivers a louder bass sound and less distortion.

We made UAMP really easy to use:

1. Plug your headphones into Uamp. 
2. Plug Uamp into your music player.
3. Enjoy great quality sound!

Headphone output of your devices
Headphone output of your devices

How to operate the EQ settings

Uamp is designed with EQ in order for you to customise your audio and find the sound that suits you best. EQ, or equalizer, allows you to adjust the levels of frequency bands such as bass and treble in your audio.

  • Bass = RED
  • Bass + Treble = BLUE
  • Streaming EQ* = ORANGE
  • NO EQ = GREEN
  • Custom EQ = PURPLE (Yes, you can set your own EQ!)

*Streaming EQ is designed to specifically to enhance the sound of music streaming services like Pandora, Spotify, Youtube, iTunes Radio, iHearts Radio and many more. 

  • iPhone (all models)
  • iPod & MP3 Players
  • Samsung Phones (Galaxy, Note, etc.)
  • iPad/Android Tablets (all types & versions)
  • Android Phones (all types & versions)
  • Apple & Windows Laptops
  • PC/Destop Computers
  • Car Stereo AUX
  • Uamp
  • Charging Cable
  • Sticker Pack
  • 3.5mm Stereo Audio Cable
     

How to Order Uamp:  

  • Log into your Kickstarter account, or create one in minutes. 
  • Click the green "Back this Project" button at the top of this page. 
  • Enter your pledge amount and desired reward. 
  • Submit your payment information and you're done. Your credit card will only be charged after the campaign ends, on April 20th.
Development Process: 1. Initial testing, 2. First field prototype, 3. CAD design, 4. CNC machining, 5. Electronics design, 6. 3D printing silicon cases, 7. Putting it together
Development Process: 1. Initial testing, 2. First field prototype, 3. CAD design, 4. CNC machining, 5. Electronics design, 6. 3D printing silicon cases, 7. Putting it together

Design:

Many hours of work has gone into designing Uamp, our main focus was always on sound quality and user experience.

Uamp block diagram
Uamp block diagram

By contributing to this project you not only get a great product for yourself, but you’re also helping to bring hi-fi sound to portable devices everywhere. Plus, you’re helping us Kickstart our dream product!

If you have any questions or feedback we would love to hear it, contact us at hello@uamp.co

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