What headphone amp

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by AppleHater, Feb 14, 2011.

  1. AppleHater macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2010
    What headphone amp do you use? I figure some high end headphones need amp to really show the potential out of iPod/iPad. Let me know of you winning combo (headphones and amp)
  2. quasinormal macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2007
    Sydney, Australia.
    The Headamp Pico USB DAC/amp works with the ipad. This is using it with the camera connector and the USB DAC.

    You need a dock that has a digital output, like thisto use DACs with the ipod.
  3. ls1dreams macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2009
    Which headphones are you trying to power? Do you also want a USB DAC or only the amplifier?

    If they don't have too high of an impedance, the Fiio E7 is a steal for around $80.


    It can also be bundled with an E9 amplifier later if you need more power. It also supports line-out with a cheap cable.

    The uDac 2 for around $130 is probably your best option for the next step up:
  4. Audiofile macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2007
    I highly recommend headphone amps from Ray Samuels Audio. I just purchased the SR-71A for traveling and I love it connected to my Etymotic ER-4P earphones. Here's a link to Ray Samuels Audio http://www.raysamuelsaudio.com/
  5. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    What headphones? Portable or not?

    I'm a fan of my Meier Audio Porta Corda.
  6. gatepc macrumors 6502


    Apr 11, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA
    Depends on headphones. Also you will only get a little improvement with a headphone amp if your source sucks. In this case iPad/iPod you need a DAC to notice a bigger difference. High Resolution Technologies makes a DAC for iPads/iPods which can then run into a headphone amp. I experience with the Little Dot stuff and can vote for that but there are a lot of good amps out there for a lot less money. This may be too high end though for your headphones. Unless you have something high end that can really benefit you may not want to invest in an Amp/DAC combo. In my case I run a HRT music streamer II off my MBP into my Little Dot MK III headphone amp and into my AKG 702 headphones it makes a lovely setup.
  7. AppleHater thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2010
    I'm eyeing on LD tube amps pairing with either dt880 or hd600. Do I need a separate DAC with LD amps? I have a cable that converts iPod doc connector to stereo.

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