First time poster and audio novice here. Thank you so much for such a wonderful forum that has provided a beginner like me with a wealth of information. I recently purchased an AK100 media player and DT1350 headphones after reading positive reviews in this forum. However, I have found that the sound I am getting from this pairing is not as detailed, clear, or full as I would like. Surprisingly, I am getting a clearer, more detailed, and less veiled sound when connecting my DT1350 into an IPOD Classic. Hence I am now in search of a portable amp that might meet my needs. After doing a fair bit of reading, I'm still uncertain as to which amp to get. I have narrowed it down to either ALO Mk3b+ or ALO International. I would greatly appreciate any guidance or recommendations of other portable amps to look into.
I should also mention that I will just be using single ended inputs and outputs for now but I would prefer an amp with balanced connections because I plan to use them in the future. As I plan to get the LCD2s down the track, the portable amp also needs to be able to drive these headphones adequately. It would also be a bonus (but not crucial) if the portable amp was powerful enough to drive my DT880 250 ohms as well. And lastly, if it helps, I like to listen to all genres of music including classical, jazz, rock, metal, and hip hop.
So I would be grateful for any thoughts on the right portable amp for me: ALO Mk3B+ or The International or Other? Unfortunately, there are no stores in my local area where I can audition these amps but I place alot of trust in the wisdom of the head fi community.
Thanks in advance!
Edited by daveyston23 - 9/26/13 at 1:49am