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Best portable amp and headphone combo w/budget of 600$

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Just like the title states. Whats the best headphone and amp combo will yield the best listening experience? I like listening to alternative, hiphop and classical. 


Edited by hangheadphones - 8/10/13 at 6:25pm
post #2 of 8

What is your source player and the AMP vs. headphone budget ratio?

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

Ipod classic 5th gen. I guess the ratio will be about even. Thanks

post #4 of 8

Ok here is a list of ideas for your reference:

 

Sony PHA-1 ($350, DAC/AMP) + Sony MDR-1R ($200)

JDS Labs C5 ($190, AMP only) + V-MODA M-100 ($310) or Sennheiser Momentum ($350)

Headamp Pico Slim ($400, AMP only) + Audio Technica ATH-M50 ($160)

Various FiiO DAC/AMP (under $200) + headphones at $400 level.

 

My point is that it is better to spend more on a good set of headphones than spending all the money on a DAC/AMP at this point.  The best combo in my option will be the PHA-1 + the M-100 or Momentum, but it will be over budget for you.  However, I tested it and I can promise you that you will not regret it.

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much.
post #6 of 8

NP, anytime.

post #7 of 8

I'm thinning out my collection and have the FiiO17 E17 plus several headphones for sale.  I'm in the process of listing them. Maybe make up a combo--certainly within your price range.   Please PM me if interested.
 

post #8 of 8

Why buy an amp if you don't need one? Momentum sounds really good w/o one. 

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