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hi,first post here. i'm planning to buy a headphone amp that i can carry anywhere with me. i just want to know if it is really a necessity to have one and will it change the sound quality. i have a grado sr80i headphone and my main player is my 4th gen ipod. i'll be buying a cowon player and upgrading my headphone from the sr80i that i have to a Grado SR325i or a Grado SR225i within a couple of months from now.


Edited by captcj - 10/21/13 at 11:03am
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Originally Posted by captcj View Post
 

hi,first post here. I'm planning to buy a headphone amp that I can carry anywhere with me. i just want to know if it is really a necessity to have one and will it change the sound quality. i have a grado sr80i headphone and my main player is my 4th gen ipod. i'll be buying a Cowon player and upgrading my headphone from the sr80i that i have to a Grado SR325i or a Grado SR225i within a couple of months from now.


I would suggest any budget you had for a headphone amplifier, be added to whatever DAP (Digital Audio Player),Cowon?, budget you have. As the better the DAP, the less you would have a need to get an add-on portable amplifier.

post #3 of 7
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my budget for my DAP is just 200-250 dollars. can you recommend DAPs that i should buy? my budget for a headphone amp is 100-150 dollars. thank you for the help. 

post #4 of 7

welcome to Headfi.

 

 

why do you want to buy cowon? 

you could consider buying DAP (such as this, http://www.amazon.com/HiFiMAN-HiFiMan-HM-601-Portable-Player/dp/B004DHOHYQ).

Then you do not need a headphone amp.

post #5 of 7
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i just read in it one of the reviews that cowon is a good low budget DAP.

post #6 of 7
For 200 USD the FiiO X3 is a great choice.
post #7 of 7

My vote = go after the DX50 from iBasso!

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