Long time lurker, first time poster! Pretty much a newbie to the world of headphones and audiophiles in general so looking for a recommendation for a desktop amp from someone with better knowledge then I!
What I have: Audio Technica a900x headphones, just on board Realtek HD Audio (just the on board audio)
What I listen to: FLAC almost exclusively for music. Mostly hip hop, but I also listen to other genres from reggae to r&b to rock to electronic and anything really that I think sounds good. I also watch movies often at my desktop and play some games (gaming is to a minimum though so it would be my last priority).
Budget: I'd like to keep it within the $100 range, if it is great bang for the buck I don't mind going over a bit but I'd definitely not want to go over $150.
The headphones currently sound great to me on the computer, but of course I don't mind spending a bit so that they sound even better. I feel like these headphones are pretty balanced but they benefit from a slight boost on the low end. I currently have a Fiio E6 which I think does benefit them but I mostly use it for portable use with my phone and another set of cans.
I've read a couple of threads posted comparing amps and the Fiio E10 seems to stick out as having a great price vs performance ratio, it also has a simple bass boost EQ which I liked on the Fiio E6.
I'm also open to the suggestion of a dedicated sound card, but I'd rather not tinker with the computer, an amp is just more appealing to me right now.
I shop here regularly, so any suggestions from what is available here is definitely a plus, but anything in general is welcome.
Thanks in advance :)
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