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Geek Out 450 USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier

Release your inner-Geek Out-to-play!

twister6

Pros: amazing sound quality, 3D soundstage, different versions according to power rating, works with Android (Lollipop)

Cons: runs hot, inconsistent led display

Before I start my review, I would like to Thank LH Labs for providing me with a review sample of GeekOut in exchange for my honest opinion.   I thought I was done with my round of portable USB DAC reviews until I got contacted by LH Labs to check out their GeekOut series of portable hi-res DACs.  Formed back in 2010 (under Light Harmonics name), LH Labs is well known and highly...
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All in One
All in One

PreSonus AudioBox USB

Pros: good price, flat and neutral sound, Simple,Dual-purpose front-panel mic/instrument inputs

Cons: rough design, 60Ω maximum power on headphone output

A true David amongst Goliaths!
A true David amongst Goliaths!

Cozoy Astrapi

Pros: Great sound, lots of compatibility, good power, small footprint.

Cons: Driver/connection issues, a little pricey

A great portable DAC/Amp for smartphone users, and a standout in its price range.
A great portable DAC/Amp for smartphone users, and a standout in its price range.

OPPO HA-2

Pros: Hi-Fi sound on a Mid-Fi budget, iOS & Android compatible, Enough juice to drive the HD650.

Cons: Cables come out of both sides, effectively making the "stack" longer when held vertically in a pocket.

Manufacturer

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Electric Avenues PA2V2

Electric Avenues PA2V2

“   Headphone Amplifier Review - PA2V2   A Portable Headphone Amplifier: Introducing the Pocket Amp 2 - Version 2 (PA2V2) - Joseph Kendall Creator and owner: Gary Ali Electric-Avenues.com Price: $60CAD delivered in Canada, Confirm with Electric Avenues as these prices might change with exchange rate and delivery location. G’day follower and...” --theblackfox

100% Positive Reviews
FiiO E17

FiiO E17

“   I picked up a FiiO E17 when en route Germany to stay there for the 2012 Christmas period and the early days of 2013. I wanted to do some video editing work and listen to music when over there but didn't want to be without the stalwart reference quality Lavry DA10 which I didn't want to travel with on that occassion, so I decided to give the E17 a try.   Prior to owning...” --Windsor

100% Positive Reviews
JDS Labs Assembled Objective2 Headphone Amplifier

JDS Labs Assembled Objective2 Headphone Amplifier

“     Without referring to "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named's" (A.K.A. NwAvGuy) blog, and speaking from my own listening experiences, I really do think the Objective 2 is a great headphone amplifier. No, I don't think this is the amp to end all amps, but it's a dang good one and it only cost me $156 USD (which includes the Triad brand WAU12-200 AC adaptor). In fact, it can be found...” --miceblue

100% Positive Reviews
iFi iCAN headphone amplifier

iFi iCAN headphone amplifier

“ iFi Audio is a new comer in the headphone amp scene, but it does share the same bloodline as the renowned U.K. based premium audiophiles brand AMR. While AMR already has some top end gears to offer to the speaker and full rig owner, its little sister brand seems to aim toward mainly the computer based headphone user as well as minimalist audiophiles. Their current ‘Micro’ line of devices...” --ClieOS

100% Positive Reviews
NuForce Icon HDP (High-end Headphone Amp, USB DAC, Preamp)

NuForce Icon HDP (High-end Headphone Amp, USB DAC, Preamp)

“ I purchased the Nuforce Icon HDP along with Sennheiser HD 650 headphones as my first desktop setup about six months ago. I'll start off by saying that the HDP has been a fantastic purchase that I am thrilled with and enthusiastically recommend, especially as a starter desktop setup.   The HDP has loads of power and easily drives my Sennheiser HD 650s and other high impedence...” --Sid-Fi

94% Positive Reviews
FiiO E11

FiiO E11

“ Sound: They expanded the soundstage a noticeable amount as well as instrument separation between the 2 channels. However, at first listen on the standard music app, i found the vocals to be a little muddy or low end heavy. Not enough treble to bring out the details of the instruments or the singer's voice. So I tried using it in conjunction with the EQu app and to my surprise i found it...” --Player1josh46

91% Positive Reviews
Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1

Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1

“ I bought this DAC-preamp and after several attempts made the following changes to it for an amazing result:   Installed 5670 Raytheon Windmill getter tube upgraded diodes to Schottky Diode 11DQ10 Changed the output coupling caps to Sanyo Oscon 47uF opamp for tube to LT1364 or metal version of LM4562.   The biggest gain came from opamp then the diodes.  Do not...” --Lecentaur

100% Positive Reviews
Schiit Valhalla

Schiit Valhalla

“   REVIEW – Schiit Audio Valhalla Tube Headphone Amplifier     What Sort of Schiit is This?   I read, as did many of you, the head-fi threads about the very popular and attractively priced Schiit Asgard.  But to be quite candid, I personally had about as much interest in an inexpensive solid-state headphone amp as I did in weeding behind my garage.  As such, I have never heard the...” --Skylab

100% Positive Reviews
Headstage Arrow 12HE

Headstage Arrow 12HE

“While I was scrolling through previous reviews of the Headstage Arrow something became apparent: some things never change. The Headstage Arrow comes with a tradition. If you want one, you’ll have to wait for it. Up to the point the wait seems unbearable - and then some. But as always when you finally get it, it’ll have been worth it. Besides the wait, Robert (Headstage is a one man company...” --flinkenick

100% Positive Reviews
JDS Labs CMoyBB

JDS Labs CMoyBB

“ Here is my video review of the JDS Labs cMoyBB v2.03. ” --SpiderNhan

100% Positive Reviews
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