Back in 2010, Jason Stoddard partnered with Mike Moffat to form Schiit Audio. Stoddard had been a lead engineer for Sumo and Moffat had helped design digital-to-analog converters for Theta Digital—so both had hi-fi backgrounds and knew the audio world. The mission for their new company was to make high-end desktop audio components that were affordable. Their Fulla 2 desktop amp is one such product.
The Fulla 2 can operate in a number of different capacities. Use it as an amp, a preamp, or as a DAC. You can plug it into virtually any USB port and it pairs with phones, tablets, and computers with low-powered USB ports. It even has a second USB port for power input.
Fulla 2 uses the AKM AK4490 D/A converter and is equipped with an Alps RK09 potentiometer. Texas Instruments filter and amp stages, along with precision thin-film resistors and film capacitors, round out the hardware. Fulla 2 is a perfect match for any headphone, with the ability to pump out 550mW into 16 ohms—you might want a good pair of headphones to match that performance, though.
Speaking of connecting to headphones, the Fulla 2 has a ¼ inch full-sized headphone output, a 1/8 inch stereo analog input, and both a 1/8 inch fixed and variable DAC output. There’s also a large volume knob. At only USD$99, they’re very affordable.
And yes, the name is pronounced just like you suspect.