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post #1 of 12
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I didn't want to hijack the other headphone thread with this question...

I wanted to ask the audiophiles on here about headphone amps. I just bought my first quality pair of headphones (Ultrasone HFI 780) and am quite happy with the quality of audio but feel that they would do much better with a headphone amp. I listen to music while at my computer (itunes) and wanted to ask about amps in the sub $200 range. Do I need a digital to analog converter? Any advice would be appreciated.
post #2 of 12
I'm really interested in seeing some advice on this as well (I'm assuming that you're referring to the headphone thread that I created a little while earlier in your post).

I went ahead and purchased the Fiio E7. I should be able to add a Fiio E9 to it at a later date for some extra power and juice.

From the research that I've done, it seems like a good deal.
Edited by jslade - 2/9/12 at 12:36pm
post #3 of 12
I only have used the ALO Rx II Tactical Edition but its around $500. It is awesome.

There is both a nuforce amp and an Audioengine amp that are good.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-57364964-47/audioengines-terrific-tiny-usb-dac-headphone-amp/?tag=txt;title
post #4 of 12
Damn, I wish I had seen the Audioengine D1 that you posted before purchasing my Fiio E7. I've only had good experiences with Audioengine in the past, and the reviews on the D1 seem similarly great.
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post #6 of 12
I have a couple Ray Samuels amps that I absolutely love.
post #7 of 12
Not sure how they fit in the marketplace anymore, but Headroom makes a few in your general range, and uses circuitry to push the sound ahead of you, not directly between your ears. I had one for travelling some time ago and it was pretty good--- until it was stolen.

http://www.headphone.com/headphone-amps/amplifiers.php
post #8 of 12
You would definitely benefit from a DAC...look into the Fiio E17. I've heard they're on back order right now, but if you can manage to get one, it's been getting rave reviews on a lot of audiophile websites.
post #9 of 12
Just got a Fiio E7, this thing is pretty awesome. compact and does its job well.
Cant be beaten for the sub 100 price tag.
post #10 of 12
Not affiliated with the seller in any way, but there's a JDS Labs Objective2 going for $100 in the "other" buy and sell forum.

I have no experience with it but it appears to test well for a very good price.
post #11 of 12
There's no way to go other than Gary's Electric Avenues amp.
(i'm talking portable)
If you're at home/office then tube amps are the way to go, i run a Peachtree Audio NOVA.
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by kiya View Post

There's no way to go other than Gary's Electric Avenues amp.
(i'm talking portable)
If you're at home/office then tube amps are the way to go, i run a Peachtree Audio NOVA.

Lucky! Do want, but my college lifestyle doesn't quite provide enough funds...
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