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Cheapest desktop amp for use with a television?

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My brother works long hours, lives in a small(ish) apartment and likes to watch TV and movies. As a result, it is often late before he can watch TV or movies, and his TV has absolutely terrible speakers, that make it impossible to understand dialogue, even if turned up loud. He has a good pair of headphones with a long cable, but unfortunately his TV doesn't have a headphone jack, although it does have RCA outs. He would like to be able to use his headphones with his TV. But the solution needs to be cheap, preferably around $50. Suggestions?

 

He could use a cheap headphone amplifier, like the Fiio E11, coupled with an RCA to mini-jack cable. But as a long-term solution, I think the small size of the E11 and the need to keep recharging it would get annoying.

 

Something like the Fiio E9 would probably be perfect, but it is a little over budget. Anyone have any other ideas/suggestions?

 

Best regards,

Adam

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I don't have the e11, but you can't keep it plugged in?

 

Do they have plug in cmoy amps?  At that price point those are 2 good options (except for the battery part).

 

This will clearly take things out of your price range but something else to think about is a AMP/DAC with an optical input (ie e17 etc) for an even better improvement.
 

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