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Best Headphone amp for under $150?

post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 

Hi im looking for a new amp to power my RE262. I'll be using it with my Sansa Clip or my computer. I've been using the Fiio E6 for a while now, but i feel its time to upgrade. I want an amp full size or portable(preferably)  for $150 and under. I listen mainly to Iems. 

 

My choices so far the Fiio E11 and Cmoy Dual Chip http://www.ebay.com/itm/The-Best-Ultimate-CMOY-Dual-chip-rechargeable-mp3-ipod-LM6171-Lm4562-/200680768072?pt=AU_Electronics_Audio_Amplifiers&hash=item2eb9818248#ht_3833wt_1017


Any other suggestions(better) are welcome.

post #2 of 34

Check here http://www.jdslabs.com/store.php the Cmoy is a very nice portable amp under $150 and they also sell the C421 for $184. I've had the Cmoy for 18 months and really like it. I am thinking about moving up to the C421.

post #3 of 34
Thread Starter 

Yes the cmoy is nice but i got word from Clieos that the dual chip Cmoy i listed is much better. I needed the biggest upgrade i can get from the Fiio E6. Thanks for the input though, if you have any more suggestions, please post :D

post #4 of 34

Sorry, I didn't see that in your post. I've never heard of a dual chip Cmoy. I might check it out but I'm leaning toward the C421.

post #5 of 34
Thread Starter 

C421 sounds nice too, But a bit over my budget. If i can wait 2 more weeks i can up my budgets by 100. but for now  mainly looking for 150 and below. :o

 

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post #6 of 34
Thread Starter 

no more suggestions ?frown.gif

post #7 of 34

I'd suggest you wait the two weeks and pick up the C421, personally.

post #8 of 34
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Originally Posted by phantompersona View Post

no more suggestions ?frown.gif

If you need portable (like keep in your pocket small)  I'd try the C241 or E17.  If you just need something you can put in a backpack and runs off batteries, you could try the O2 also for sale at JDS Labs.  The O2  has plenty of power for most headphones and a very black background for the most sensitive of iem's. (you did say you're an iem guy)

post #9 of 34
I don't think I had said the dual opamp cmoy is much better. It is the three opamp (dualLM4562 + one LM6141) cmoy by the same eBayer (fred_fred_2004) that I am referring to.

However, for $150 and really more of a semi-portable headphone amp, I do think O2 is the best as long as you can live with its size.
post #10 of 34
Thread Starter 

Oh thanks for clearing that up!

post #11 of 34

Depending on what you want to pair with it and how much portability you need. For full-size phones, I feel the Neco Soundlab Portable V3 (listed here: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/new-V3-DUAL-AMP-portable-headphone-amplifier-/140768397860?pt=UK_AudioTVElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Amplifiers&hash=item20c6734a24) is really great for the money; simple design yet really clean, powerful and very open soundstage. I'm not familiar with IEMs in general or the RE262 though but I've heard people have good experience using their IEMs with the Neco too.

post #12 of 34
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Originally Posted by risenfallen View Post

Depending on what you want to pair with it and how much portability you need. For full-size phones, I feel the Neco Soundlab Portable V3 (listed here: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/new-V3-DUAL-AMP-portable-headphone-amplifier-/140768397860?pt=UK_AudioTVElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Amplifiers&hash=item20c6734a24) is really great for the money; simple design yet really clean, powerful and very open soundstage.

 

Loads of information, except...the weightnormal_smile%20.gif.  Looks interesting anyway.


Edited by BrainFood - 6/7/12 at 6:58pm
post #13 of 34
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Originally Posted by BrainFood View Post

 

Loads of information, except...the weightnormal_smile%20.gif.  Looks interesting anyway.

 

It's a bit on the bulky side though but build quality is hard to match. As for performance, I prefer it by a large margin to the transportable O2.

post #14 of 34

thanks for the heads up wink_face.gif

post #15 of 34
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Originally Posted by risenfallen View Post

 

It's a bit on the bulky side though but build quality is hard to match. As for performance, I prefer it by a large margin to the transportable O2.

Looks like a dual mono cmoy type amp.  Claims much better battery life but really not impressive, especially since you get absolutely no type of performance numbers form the seller.

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