Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Headphone Amps (full-size) › First Amp - Sub $150
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

First Amp - Sub $150

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

So I'm looking for an amp that can drive my Fischer FA-011's well. Anything in particular I should look at? Portability isn't necessary, and tubes do look tempting. I've seen the PA2v2 and it looks nice for the price, any opinions? I've also read favorable reviews of the E7. How do they compare? And how's the Little Dot mk II, which is a little over budget but would be my first tube amp?

 

Thanks in advance.

post #2 of 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by scottie584 View Post

So I'm looking for an amp that can drive my Fischer FA-011's well. Anything in particular I should look at? Portability isn't necessary, and tubes do look tempting. I've seen the PA2v2 and it looks nice for the price, any opinions? I've also read favorable reviews of the E7. How do they compare? And how's the Little Dot mk II, which is a little over budget but would be my first tube amp?

 

Thanks in advance.


I'm in a similar situation.  I have FA-011s at the office, and I've been running them off of a Behringer DAC and Bravo V2 eBay special.  One of the two (pretty sure it's the amp) started crapping out yesterday, so I find myself shopping again.  I use an E7/E9 combo at home (with Beyer 990 Pro 250 ohms) very happily.  I brought the E7 into work today and rediscovered how much I was missing with my office combo.

 

I can't compare any of your mentioned devices, but I can say that (as a mid-fi neophyte Head-Fier) I think the FA-011s sound great with the FiiO E7.  After maybe 4 months on the Bravo, the E7 brought fresh smiles to my face.

 

I'm also eyeing the PA2v2, as well as the Maverick A1, uDAC-2, and still searching.

 

 

 

 

post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 

Anyone? If it contains a DAC section, even better.

post #4 of 7

For what it is, it is a good piece in the price bracket.  Just a few dollars above your limit, but perhaps worth an investigation.

 

http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HMEF2A
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by scottie584 View Post

Anyone? If it contains a DAC section, even better.



 

post #5 of 7

I think Fiio's new E17 would be an excellent option for ya.

post #6 of 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by Digital-Pride View Post

I think Fiio's new E17 would be an excellent option for ya.

The E17 is still in pre-order and it's ALREADY back-ordered!  MP4Nation is taking pre-orders for what I have to assume is a second production run, since their first run pre-orders sold out.  I was interested in the E17 too, but I'm more interested in something I can actually obtain!
 

 

 

post #7 of 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by Justinicus View Post

The E17 is still in pre-order and it's ALREADY back-ordered!  MP4Nation is taking pre-orders for what I have to assume is a second production run, since their first run pre-orders sold out.  I was interested in the E17 too, but I'm more interested in something I can actually obtain!


It should be more widely available sometime in February.

 

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Headphone Amps (full-size)
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Headphone Amps (full-size) › First Amp - Sub $150