Hello! I am the proud new owner of a pair of Sennheiser HD650's, and I'm looking for a way to amp them up from my iPhone 5 without chaining together a bunch of adapters. I'm not overly interested in an external DAC for listening from my iPhone 5, which I guess is a good thing because most of the threads I've read allude to difficulties with hooking up the 5 with a DAC.
I was looking at the Fiio e11 for a while, but I haven't been able to find a LOD to 3.5mm headphones to connect the iPhone to the amp, though I guess I could adapt the new iPhone 5 port to the old kind. Also, my Sennheiser HD650's comes with a 1/4in plugin, which I realize is extremely easy to adapt to the 3.5mm that the e11 outputs in, but something about IPHONE --> ADAPTER --> LOD --> E11 --> ADAPTER --> CANS seems excessively convoluted, and makes me apprehensive and unhappy.
Is there any quality product out there that will simply amp my headphones from my iPhone 5 that is more elegant than the adapted fiio e11 solution? My budget is preferably something at or under $150--obviously as cheap as possible without being a piece of crap.
Thanks in advance for any wisdom!
Side note, I don't MIND the idea of having a DAC/amp, like the E7/E9 or E17/E09k, because quite frankly my desktop DAC is a piece of crap... mostly I've resigned to never using my headphones with my desktop simply because I don't have the budget to buy $250 worth of mobile+desktop amp (e17/e9k). However, if there was a great product out there that would allow me to listen off of my desktop AS WELL AS my iPhone 5 while still staying withen my budget, that'd be a winner.