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Entry- level Amp for Shure srh440 and Grado sr80

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Recently, I checked the specifications for my Shure srh440 headphones and realized that they are considerably underpowered by my ipod (old nano). I decided that I'd buy a portable amp for commuting to and from school with my ipod. I usually use the Shures to listen to electronica and the Gados for classical music. Ideally I'm looking for something around the $100 range. (Student budgets do not go well with being an audiophile). Also as a side note, I find that neither of these headphones have a very powerful bass and I would like an amp that could bring that out without sacrificing the mids or highs. I was looking at either the Fiio e11 or a CMOY. Any other suggestions?

 

This is my first post here guys so please go easy on me, thanks. 

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Recently, I checked the specifications for my Shure srh440 headphones and realized that they are considerably underpowered by my iPod (old nano). I decided that I'd buy a portable amp for commuting to and from school with my ipod. I usually use the Shures to listen to electronica and the Gados for classical music. Ideally I'm looking for something around the $100 range. (Student budgets do not go well with being an audiophile). Also as a side note, I find that neither of these headphones have a very powerful bass and I would like an amp that could bring that out without sacrificing the mids or highs. I was looking at either the Fiio E11 or a CMOY. Any other suggestions?

 

This is my first post here guys so please go easy on me, thanks. 

I'm a Fiio E11 fan, but some of those cmoy sell for a really low price.

So chances are the E11 would bring out the best in the Shure SRH440

And get the Fiio L cable, feeds a slightly cleaner signal from an apple product to the Fiio headphone amplifier.

 

Or just spend the cash ($70-$100) for a used but newer iPod?

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Thanks for the help, but would switching to a newer ipod actually improve sound quality/ drive the headphones more efficiently? I thought the output on all ipods was standard 60 mW. Or am I missing something?

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Thanks for the help, but would switching to a newer iPod actually improve sound quality/ drive the headphones more efficiently? I thought the output on all iPods was standard 60 mW. Or am I missing something?

I really know very little about iPods (and never used one), I'm just throwing out ideas.

If a newer iPod can drive the Shure SRH440, then you would not need to carry around a headphone amplifier to.

Go into an Apple store with your headphone any try them on a newer iPod, if the iPod does not cut it, then get the Fiio E11.

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Ok I think I'm just going to go with the e11 though. It seems like the simplest solution. Thanks for the input.

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Ok I think I'm just going to go with the e11 though. It seems like the simplest solution. Thanks for the input.

On eBay, for around $13, for the E11, you can get two spare batteries (BL-5B) and a simple AC battery charger.

Batteries sold eBay. Built, sold & shipped from China, may not hold a charge for as long as they are rated (mA)

But the price is so good there still a good value.

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