Originally Posted by Blindsay
Hi all, Just upgraded from my HD 555's to some HD 650's and for the most part they are hooked to my Onkyo 806 receiver but on occasion I do hook them to a portable device (iPod, laptop, my cell phone) so i wanted to pick up a portable amp for those times. If i could get something good for my headphones for under $100 that's great but i would go up to $200 if needed.
The FiiO E7 and E17s looked decent but I'm open to suggestions of others.
Fiio E17 offer a lot, great for plugging into your laptop's USB port, but you can't use the E17's DAC feature with the iPod or cell phone.
The E11 ($65) does not come with a DAC, but I think it puts out a little more juice at 300-Ohm then the E17.
For around $13, off eBay, for the E11, you can get two spare batteries (BL-5B) and a simple AC battery charger.
For around $60, off eBay, you can get the Dac Destoryer, USB-DAC, that can plug into your laptops' USB port (and the E11 into the Dac Destoryer).
$65 + $13 + $60 equals $138.
(maybe another $5 for a cable).