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Portable amp ~$100

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Ok, I really am clueless on how amps and portable amps work. But I do know that the headphones I would like to improve are the Etymotic ER-6i and UE Super.fi 3's. My source is an Apple iPod 30GB 5.5G. So pretty much I want an amp to improve bass and give the Ety's and the UE's a more "fuller" sound. Also, what about cables and stuff, like what cables do I need, and please list where I can buy these from. Also, I would not like to buy anything off of ebay, or any of the DIY amps, as I am completely clueless on electronics. I just know I like good sound, the only thing I guess I really need is an amp that improves bass? Sorry for being clueless to this.
post #2 of 14
Thread Starter 
um, do i need to give more info or something? bump^
post #3 of 14
I happen to have the same setup like you: Apple iPod 30GB 5.5G, plus an Etymotic ER-6i en route to me. I already have a few portable amps in my arsenal. I should be able to give some impressions once the Etymotic arrives.
post #4 of 14
Why do you not want to buy a diy design? It doesn't have to be built by you. There are places to buy them prebuilt.

You can have a mini^3 built for you for a bit more than 100. It competes well with those commercial 350 dollar amps.

http://www.rockhopperaudio.com/ <---- sells a built one for 125 usd.

you would be hard pressed to find anything else better. at this price the only amps you can purchase are those mid-fi portables that are flooding the market. If I were you I would opt for this well designed diy amp.

Reviews have been positive and I personally believe absolutely no commercial amp even around 200 usd can best it.
post #5 of 14
Yes, get a MisterX mini^3. Can't be beat at the sub 200 dollar level.
post #6 of 14
I have a mSeed Spirit amp for sale, and afaik, it's pretty hard to get a new one currently (it's sold out on the manufacturer's website and on alo).
Look around the forums for reviews of it - it's one of the only amps Skylab didn't sell after reviewing in his portable amps roundup, and it got very good reviews here.
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by Icarium View Post
Yes, get a MisterX mini^3. Can't be beat at the sub 200 dollar level.
X2 man it friggin owns.
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by pez View Post
My source is an Apple iPod 30GB 5.5G. So pretty much I want an amp to improve bass and give the Ety's and the UE's a more "fuller" sound.
iBasso T2 has that effect, and you will find it very attractively priced.

Don't worry about cables much, just make sure they are not ultra-cheap, and are comfortable.
post #9 of 14
the iBasso is a good idea b/c the mini3 is neutral and simply performs true to the source. aka if the source is bassy the mini3 will be too.
post #10 of 14
mini3 is indeed a great buy for between 100-200. So is MisterX's rendition the finest out there?
post #11 of 14
misterX burns his amps in most of the time prior to selling them. that's a big plus for me. he did mine. he can easily and quickly config it to suit the cans you are using it with and is a funny bastard to boot. I just like him b/c he's never let me down in any sense.
post #12 of 14
Do you have MisterX's contact? You can PM it to me. Thanks
post #13 of 14
if you're looking at the Il Basso, check out ALO's website. they're dealers and can hook up with a reasonable cable too
post #14 of 14
mini3 +1
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