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Cheap headphone amp under $100-non portable

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I am looking for an amp that I can use to EQ my headphones a little more with. I don;'t really know what I'm looking for, other than that I want to be able to add some more bass and adjust the mids and highs, and that it won't leave my desktop. Headphones it will be running out of include HFI 580 and Koss KSC 75, and hopefully a higher end open headphone in the near future.

Reasons I want an amp:

-I can't seem to find a good laptop equalizer and don't want to open up my laptop to install a new sound card.

-My Nexus 7 (which I use over my laptop because it has a decent EQ app) is a little too weak to power it

-I usually run through Bose companion 2's (a speaker amp) and I can't adjust the EQ. Also, I use my speakers a lot and don't like having to plug/unplug my heaphones continously.

 


Also, I have a 1/4in. plug if needed. I really dont know what to look for, but here is what I am looking at anyways.

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/MUSE-MK2-Class-Hybrid-Tube-Headphone-Amplifier-6N11-/320726112620?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4aacc4196c

 

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/679044-REG/Pyle_Pro_PCAU11_PCAU11_Mini_15_Watt.html

 

Again, I don't know if these are good options because I know so little.

 

Edit: this seems to fit the bill. I'm ok that its a little over my price range, is it worth it?

http://www.jdslabs.com/item.php?fetchitem=o2full


Edited by lukEM22 - 4/13/13 at 12:46pm
post #2 of 12

the electric q equalizer plugin for foobar is great make sure you equalize downward under the 0 db line. if you equalize upwards it will cause clipping/distortion.

post #3 of 12
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I downloaded that about a month ago and it installed a Trojan on my PC that was a PAIN to get rid of... I'm not touching foobar again.
 

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Did you download foobar off of the official site? If you did you shoudn't have a gotten a trojan. I've never had a problem with it.

post #5 of 12
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I did download it off the original site.

Any suggestions for a desktop amp?
post #6 of 12
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How about a Schiit amp? Later on if I want a DAC I can buy one. they look stylish too, in my opinion.

I am referring to both $99 models.
post #7 of 12

Get foobar off of the site:http://www.foobar2000.org/ If you get a trojan or whatever, your antivirus might be crap.

 

If you plan on just an Amp, you might want to check to make sure that your source isn't full of junk, crap goes in, loud crap comes out. But that isn't really under $100 if you get both the DAC and amp. Fiio might be a good choice for cheaper DACs and Amps.

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You posted that just in time!

 

Lol, just kidding. I bought a fiio E12 in June

 

edit: actually I bought a Schiit Magni, kept it for 2 months, sold it, then bought the E12


Edited by lukEM22 - 11/4/13 at 8:39pm
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Originally Posted by lukEM22 View Post
 

You posted that just in time!

 

Lol, just kidding. I bought a fiio E12 in June

 

edit: actually I bought a Schiit Magni, kept it for 2 months, sold it, then bought the E12

Haha. I'm running off my onboard sound right now. :p Saving up for a Schiit Modi/Magni combo, or some Asus sound card. Too poor to afford anything else. :(

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Originally Posted by lukEM22 View Post
 

You posted that just in time!

 

Lol, just kidding. I bought a fiio E12 in June

 

edit: actually I bought a Schiit Magni, kept it for 2 months, sold it, then bought the E12

 

Something wrong with the Magni? most of the guys here like it. 

post #11 of 12
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Something wrong with the Magni? most of the guys here like it. 

Same question here.

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Originally Posted by VXAce View Post
 

Same question here.

I loved it actually. I just never used it because I don't like to sit in one place and listen to music. I would have kept that Magni if it was portable. If Schiit does come out with a portable soon, I could see myself selling the E12 to buy it.

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