yes you got it bang on my friend that is why i use this tiny cheap amp also. just for the record the dap is a touch 2g not iphone and as above in the quote is the daps headphone out was damaged then would expect to hear that carried on through from the amp but im not. it sounds damaged from the headphone out on the touch, but when run from touch headphone out to amp then from amp headphone out it sounds perfect again. so confusing. and to add to it i just tried the IE8's from the laptop and they sound fine, so must be the ipod touch headphone out, just cant see why when using the amp with it it clears up aswell as when i line out to a stereo??