Originally Posted by TiestoFan
Hey guys I am completely new in the amp department and semi new in the headphone scene (had Sony xb 500s which broke recently and today I bought v moda cross fade lp from amazon). So I have no other experience with audio equipment and I have a very limited understanding of what amps do and why I might need them.
That being said, and hopefully my frank honestly will serve me well, I've heard that the v moda headphones I bought can be much improved by Amps that can clear up the recessed treble and other issues. What is the best amp for me for under 30?????
Thank you kindly.
P.S mostly a bass head but also movies/games/YouTube videos
Well, the king of cheap amps is FiiO. An E6 would fit your price range. That is pretty much bottomed out cheapo though-you start getting into some cool stuff in the $50-$100 range. If you can stretch that far, FiiO E11, JDS CMoyBB, (both $60) C&C BH ($100) or Schiit Magni (Also $100, but not portable)
If you are using a computer, accept that your computers output probably sucks. There are a number of fixes for this. The first is to get a sound card-but that involves opening the computer and is open to RFI issues. The second is to get a USB DAC/amp or seperate DAC and amp-a FiiO E07K ($70), for example. The last option is to just deal with it, many computers headphone jacks aren't that bad.
If you are on a portable device, many will allow you to bypass the internal amp and clean up the signal a bit by using a Line-Out Dock (LOD). All iPods, iPhones, and iPads with the older 30-pin connector (not Lightening) can use a $10 FiiO LOD to bypass the internal amp. Some other devices can as well. If you can use an LOD, do-it improves the SQ quite a bit.