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Cheap cheap amp to start me off

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I have a Iriver e10 (my main source of music) and TF-10 and Grado Sr-60 at home. I also sometimes listen on the computer but I have such a bad sound card I don't listen on it much.

Anyways, I'd like to get started on the world of amps, and I was hoping if I could get recommendation for a cheap, basic amp that sounds relatively good for a starter(kinda like Grado SR-60; the cheap best starting amp).

Thank you.
post #2 of 35
Check out the $8.50 Fiio Amp thread... bang for buck
http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f105/fiio-amps-323979/
post #3 of 35
I say run while you can. Head-Fi can really burn a hole in your wallet. You haven't bought much yet. There is still hope for you...
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Originally Posted by trickywombat View Post
I say run while you can. Head-Fi can really burn a hole in your wallet. You haven't bought much yet. There is still hope for you...

I second that.
post #6 of 35
When I do buy an amp, I'm going to get the PA2V2. I hear it's magic with Grados, so you should enjoy them.
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Originally Posted by psyllium View Post
Check out the $8.50 Fiio Amp thread... bang for buck
http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f105/fiio-amps-323979/
I second this recommendation, not only is it insanely inexpensive, it will reduce a little of the "attack" or "in your face" sound of the Grados. I recall those being great sounding headphones, but just a little to upfront, and the sound signature of that amp will alleviate that effect slightly. It will also add a small amount of bass which will probably be helpful.
post #8 of 35
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thanks i just ordered one.

can't really complain much for just 8.50 lol
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Originally Posted by elmer_42 View Post
When I do buy an amp, I'm going to get the PA2V2. I hear it's magic with Grados, so you should enjoy them.
I ordered the PA2V2 and am excited to get it, I think its a great value for $50! Good starter amp.
post #10 of 35
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Originally Posted by younglee200 View Post
I have a Iriver e10 (my main source of music) and TF-10 and Grado Sr-60 at home. I also sometimes listen on the computer but I have such a bad sound card I don't listen on it much.

Anyways, I'd like to get started on the world of amps, and I was hoping if I could get recommendation for a cheap, basic amp that sounds relatively good for a starter(kinda like Grado SR-60; the cheap best starting amp).

Thank you.
For $50, the PA2V2 is probably your best bet and Gary (the guy who makes them) is the nicest guy you will ever find. However, and no one else mentioned this yet, is your computer. If you want to improve on your crap soundcard, you will need an amp with a DAC. Cheaper DACs and DAC/amp combos are available on eBay, I'd check into that. Otherwise, and this ain't cheap ($175) is the iBasso D2 Boa, which is getting into a pretty nice quality unit.
post #11 of 35
My new FiiO sounds quite a bit better than my PA2V2... more clarity, detail, and precision. Great synergy with phones like the HFI-780 or q-Jays. The bass boost sounds good, better than most MP3 player's software EQ.
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My new FiiO sounds quite a bit better than my PA2V2... more clarity, detail, and precision. Great synergy with phones like the HFI-780 or q-Jays. The bass boost sounds good, better than most MP3 player's software EQ.
Dammit, stop convincing me even more to buy the Fiio :P
post #13 of 35
Well, the FiiO has no volume control, and it hisses more with sensitive phones than the PA2V2. So that's two points for the PA2V2.

(Not that spending $8.50 would hurt much...)
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Originally Posted by chinesekiwi View Post
Dammit, stop convincing me even more to buy the Fiio :P
Ah, be bold - go on! It's less than buying Shure tips or even a small breakfast
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Originally Posted by steviebee View Post
Ah, be bold - go on! It's less than buying Shure tips or even a small breakfast
How long did it take shipping wise for you?
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