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I need an Amplifier

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Hey everyone,

 

  I just picked up some solid ATH-M50's popped them into my PC and realized, I need an amplifier. I was curious to find out if using them on my mixer changed anything at all. I am using a Mixtrack Pro and that is of course is powered by USB, I didn't realize any amplification and was wondering what amplifier should I be looking to get. From my understanding I believe that I should be getting the e11 or the e17 The e17 is just a tad bit out of my range, but i would like to know someone else's recommendation on what I should be doing.

 

Thanks

 

Alex 

post #2 of 6

Hey barboa!
 

I have a FiiO E11 and it works like a charm for my HFI-780 and Clip+ or Nano.

The E11 is a Battery powered portable amp. You can not use it while you charge it.

 

If what you want is indeed a portable amp here are two excellent reviews on various amps to check out.

 

Here is an excellent review of 7 sub $100 amps

http://www.head-fi.org/t/596482/the-sub-100-portable-amps-shootout-7-1-amps-compared

 

And here is an older thread with 11 portable amps compared ranging from $129 to $699

http://www.head-fi.org/t/585786/multi-portable-amp-thread-11-amps-reviewed-portaphile-627-epiphany-eph-o2-arrow-4g-added-6-07-12

 

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Originally Posted by barboa View Post
I just picked up some solid ATH-M50's popped them into my PC and realized, I need an amplifier. I was curious to find out if using them on my mixer changed anything at all. I am using a Mixtrack Pro and that is of course is powered by USB, I didn't realize any amplification and was wondering what amplifier should I be looking to get. From my understanding I believe that I should be getting the e11 or the e17 The e17 is just a tad bit out of my range, but i would like to know someone else's recommendation on what I should be doing.

Asus Xonar DG ($14-$24) or DGX ($40) sound card.

Fiio E10 ($80)

post #4 of 6

You should get a DAC + Amp.

PC audio is crap. So as PurpleAngel said, a good soundcard should be worth it. Check for Xonar DX, or if it fits in your budget, Xonar STX.

post #5 of 6

If you're looking cheap, I'd recommend the Fiio E7 DAC/Amp. I have one for my office. It's about the size of an iPod, so you also get the portability. I got it on Craigslist for $50, I think new is going to be about $70-80.

 

Like proton said, your computer's DAC is typically going to be crappy, so you'll want an amp that is also a DAC. Either that, or you can replace your computer's soundcard with a nicer one, but I don't know as much about that. I'd like to learn more, though, as I currently run my Macbook into a more high-end DAC/Amp. Maybe a new soundcard is more cost effective.

post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks I purchase the e17s and splurged i will let you know what i think! thanks!

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