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Old Jan 13, 2013, 05:38 PM   #1
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Headphone Amp

Looking to pick up a nice portable Headphone amp. I recently got one on ebay. its not to bad for the money, adds db but SQ is lacking. Looking for something as portable but with better quality.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Micro-Cmoy-h...item3a7d700a10
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Old Jan 13, 2013, 09:43 PM   #2
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The FiiO E11 - http://www.amazon.com/FiiO-E11-Porta.../dp/B0053KWDES.

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Old Jan 15, 2013, 02:28 AM   #3
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Looking to pick up a nice portable Headphone amp. I recently got one on ebay. its not to bad for the money, adds db but SQ is lacking. Looking for something as portable but with better quality.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Micro-Cmoy-h...item3a7d700a10
Budget?
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 06:37 AM   #4
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Budget?
no more then 300? I dont know alot about them, but have been doing some homework. need portability, and SQ is important. I know with db increase comes clipping, so im looking for +5 db from my iPod classic with no distortion increase.
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 07:14 AM   #5
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What headphones are you using?

Personally I think portable headphone amplifiers are an unnecessary hassle. I've found the Headamp Pico Amp I have makes a minimal improvement to the iPod's default output with Etymotic ER-4P phones.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 07:52 AM   #6
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no more then 300? I dont know alot about them, but have been doing some homework. need portability, and SQ is important. I know with db increase comes clipping, so im looking for +5 db from my iPod classic with no distortion increase.
Amp's don't just add a set amount of volume, when paired with a line-out they take over from the iPod's volume controls.

For this price I'd go for the ALO Audio National, for $299 (I assume you're after dollars?) it's about as good as it gets. You will need to lump up a few more dollars for an LOD, however the $10 FiiO L9 is more than good enough. They can be purchased from aloaudio.com and amazon respectively.

Also, as asked above, what headphones are you using? $300 will get you a pretty serious amp, but it won't matter too much if your cans are the bottleneck.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 08:37 AM   #7
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I have a few pairs of headphones, Just going to list my favs.

Focal Spirt
B&W P3
B&W P5
Sennheiser HD 598
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I have a few pairs of headphones, Just going to list my favs.

Focal Spirt
B&W P3
B&W P5
Sennheiser HD 598
I'd think about if you really need a portable amp, assuming you don't already have desktop gear for the 598s (And don't use them as a portable pair). Putting aside my opinion that the B&W line of headphones are extremely overrated, I find that they don't really respond much to more powerful amping in terms of improving audio fidelity. If all you want is the additional volume, a $60 FiiO E11 will do the job. I can't speak for the Focals, however. The rest can be put towards different cans or improving your home setup.
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