Originally Posted by Eliteoomph
ok guys... I swear I started reading this whole post to try and find my answer but when I saw 109 pages I accepted my defeat ;o)
I am a complete noob to quality cans. I just bought an internally modded D2k from swimsonny. I am very excited but I also would like to get an amp as I have been told they help greatly with the D2K's. I am normally hiking or outside in a hammock. I want a nice one but portability is important...
What do you guys recommend?
Hey man. Here's a couple of points that might help you along:
1). The D2ks are great headphones (according to their reputation), but they are not going to be much good at all for something like hiking. They won't stay on your head particularly well and they leak sound like a mug. Might work for the hammock though!
2). What kind of source device (= probably your phone) do you have? Right now there are only a handful of phones that will allow the use of an external DAC, so if you don't have one of those, it will completely change the answer you get here. This thread in particular is about the devices that work with external DACs, so if you don't have one of those, you'll probably find better information elsewhere.
3). What's your price range? As with all things in life, what you get is largely dependent on how much you're willing to spend ;)
4). If you're looking for answers around Head-Fi, there are a TON of threads, subforums, links to other sites, etc to navigate around. And frankly, the search function here isn't worth a hoot in my opinion. So if I'm looking for something on HF, I'll go to Google, type in what I'm looking for, and add "site:head-fi.org" to the end, so Google will search HF for that string. For example: "denon d2000 portable amp site:head-fi.org", although you don't include the quotation marks. I've found this to be VASTLY more useful than the general search function here.
5). And in case nobody's told ya yet: Welcome to Head-Fi!!! Sorry about your wallet
It might be good to do the Googling first and then come back with some questions once you've done a little reading. (If you need help figuring out where to look, PM me and I'll try to point you in the right direction). Congrats on the new cans!!!