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post #16 of 57
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To me personally it makes a very big difference yes. YMMV. I'm not familiar with MP3 players other that the iPod, but using a line out, with lossless files, an amp will make a big difference, yes.
post #17 of 57
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Generally speaking, is it even worth it to get a home-sized headphone amp, if I only have an mp3 player as a source? And if there are amps I can use, about how much can I spend before the mp3 player itself becomes the limiting factor? Thanks for this handy thread, Skylab, I've been wondering about what I'm missing with just a portable setup...
You have a computer, how about playing your CD's or ripping them to flac files and playing them via a USB DAC/AMP?

It also depends on what headphones you have/want and what your MP3 player is.

Does your MP3 player have a line-out or are you limited to the stock headphone socket?

Do you have hard to drive headphones?

Steven.
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You have a computer, how about playing your CD's or ripping them to flac files and playing them via a USB DAC/AMP?

It also depends on what headphones you have/want and what your MP3 player is.

Does your MP3 player have a line-out or are you limited to the stock headphone socket?

Do you have hard to drive headphones?

Steven.
Thanks for the help guys. I have a Cowon D2, and I use a iBasso P3 portable amp with a HD650. It was on sale, so I couldn't help it. It does sound pretty rich to me, but I'm sure a larger amp is much better. Would it be okay to use a home amp with my Cowon? The reason I ask is because I don't think I'll be getting a lot from a home amp with just my D2, when a "entry level" CD player is easily over $200...
post #19 of 57
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I have added the Audio-gd C-2C
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post #21 of 57
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Added Blue Circle Audio Hat Peed Thingee
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I don't know if you will be able to answer this, but was there one amp that really stood out as being a particularly great value in terms of sound quality per dollar?
post #24 of 57
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Yes - the Audio-GD C-2-C.
post #25 of 57
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Added Audio-GD Phoenix: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f5/rev...lifier-445766/
post #26 of 57
Great thread. You should add it to your signature

Also, and sorry if this is case-by-case but it's a lot of reviews to read, with your review units that are sent to you, do you have to return them afterward? I feel a bit mroe comfortable with reviews that are that way, no offense. Also it would reveal a certain sort of ranking if you end up purchasing certain amps after reviewing and returning them
post #27 of 57
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The overwhelming majority are returned, but some I have indeed purchased after the review. In some cases this is because I wanted to truly use them, in a few other cases, I wanted to have them around as a long-term reference. As it stands today, I still have only two of the 20 listed above, which only gives me a couple of reference points, but it is better than none.
post #28 of 57
Thank you for compiling these Skylab.
post #29 of 57
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Somehow the post adding the Einar Sound VC-01i got lost: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f5/rev...ne-amp-450930/
post #30 of 57
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I don't know if you will be able to answer this, but was there one amp that really stood out as being a particularly great value in terms of sound quality per dollar?
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Yes - the Audio-GD C-2-C.
Sir Skylab, may I reconfirm again from you please.
Audio-GD C-2-C, one amp that really stood out as being a particularly great value in terms of sound quality per dollar?

Yes or No Please.
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