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Portable Amp for Iphone 5

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Ok so I am having trouble trying to find an amp for the new iphone 5. I understand its new but I am wondering if anyone has ideas besides using the 30pin adapter. I my only option right now the Fostex HP-P1? I am looking to power my TP50 Mad Dogs that are coming in the mail. Is there maybe a way to use a Fiio e11? I would really prefer not to spend 600 bucks for a HP P1.  I have seen a bit on the GODAP X. Not sure of the price but according to threads it might work like the HP P1.

 

Sorry if these is answered, its just hard to find solid information right now so I thought I would ask.

 

Thanks,

 

zach

 

Cheers

post #2 of 6
As far as I know, these amp/dac-combo's are iPhone 5 compatible:

- Centrance Hifi-m8 (allmost released, $699)
- Sony pha-1. Reviews: Touchmyapps/head-fi user Shigzeo: http://bit.ly/QRlLNm Head-fi user Ditti: http://www.head-fi.org/t/631435/sony-pha-1-review-and-impressions )
- Perhaps the yet to be released Fiio e18
- V-moda is working on a new Vamp (for iphone+android)

Good luck smily_headphones1.gif
I wonder what devices will follow now that Lightning has been introduced.

P.S. All other amps can also be used with an iphone, but you'll either be double-amping (via analog out), or using the new adapter+LOD to send digital to your amp.)

Edit 10/13: added impression on head-fi of the Sony PHA-1
Edited by Vibemerchant - 10/13/12 at 5:39am
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Originally Posted by Vibemerchant View Post

As far as I know, these amp/dac-combo's are iPhone 5 compatible:
- Centrance Hifi-m8 (allmost released, $699)
- Sony pha-1 ( review: http://bit.ly/QRlLNm )
- Perhaps the yet to be released Fiio e18
- V-moda is working on a new Vamp (for iphone+android)
Good luck smily_headphones1.gif
I wonder what devices will follow now that Lightning has been introduced.
P.S. All other amps can also be used with an iphone, but you'll either be double-amping (via analog out), or using the new adapter+LOD to send digital to your amp.)

That sony is really sexy. according to : http://www.sony.jp/headphone/products/PHA-1/connect.html its only supports up to 4s. Maybe its just an older post. Fiio has no info on the e18 other then its in the works so its probably really far from release. Its interesting that v-moda is working on a iphone 5 version. I have not heard ANYTHING on that. Well it looks like most of the amps/dacs or just amps are all 400-500 dollars or more. Thats the the price of my most expensive headphone, and I wont even be using those with this amp/dac. Maybe I can find one used.  I really hate I have to use my iphone for music now, but most of my music and apps I have had for years are on itunes so I dont think I could go to another phone. I guess I could look at getting a dedicated player, but then I would be spending more then if I just got one of these amp/dacs  because I would have to buy a cheaper amp/dac AND a player.  Man Im kinda between a rock and a hard place right now. Maybe I should wait for tax returns. lol.

 

What do you think guys think about using the mad dogs right out of an iphone for now until more options are out there? I believe they are 80 ohms. Thats quite a bit so im not sure. we will have to see. I think I can pick them up after my last lecture today. 

 

 

cheers

post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by KCxSmacker View Post

[...] Its interesting that v-moda is working on a iphone 5 version. I have not heard ANYTHING on that [...]

 

Every now and then the new Vamp gets mentioned in (towards the end of) this thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/603052/v-moda-vamp-development-reviews-pics-etc

 

As far as pricing goes, it seems to come down to what Apple charges for it's MFI program.

post #5 of 6
any news on portable amps for iphone 5?
post #6 of 6
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Originally Posted by nadn1 View Post

any news on portable amps for iphone 5?

Nope. I think the Sony can be found in jp only but can be imported. I have been looking at the Go Dap X which looks like it MIGHT be compatible with the iphone 5 / ios6. Hi-fi M8 should be out soon. 

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