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Headphone amp with tone control?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Hi,

I'm using a fiio e17 currently and I'm loving it's basic EQ/Tone control.

For convinience reasons I want a proper desktop amp

which I'm going to connect with my hifi main system.

 

My first thought was to buy the fiio e09 and dock the fiio e17 onto it.

This way I would connect the fiio e17 via spdif with my home cinema receiver.

so I can still use the fiio as a DAC with its EQ.

 

Though this setup is kinda bulky with the spdif connection being on top of the e17.

 

Are there any other good headphone amps which offer tone control?

post #2 of 6

Amps such as the PPA and AMB M3 has the Bass Boost option which is adjustable with a knob and can be very useful with many headphones. There are also amps like Stello HP100 which has a "filter" that smoothens out the treble and such.  Can't think of anything in a good desktop amp range which has a EQ-type tone control, though.

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

thanks for the info.

I don't understand why such features which are pretty basic for a stereo speaker amp are

not common for headphone amps.

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thanks for the info.

I don't understand why such features which are pretty basic for a stereo speaker amp are

not common for headphone amps.

 

Because they muck up the sound.

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

So you think mucking up the sound for stereo speaker amps doesn't matter then?

Sorry but that point does not make sense to me.
 

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So you think mucking up the sound for stereo speaker amps doesn't matter then?

Sorry but that point does not make sense to me.
 

 

Sure do. That is why I don't use them, and that is why you will not see tone controls on high quality speaker amps. You may find tone controls on some integrated amplifiers and receivers but they will usually have a button that allows you to bypass them and hear the sound properly.

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