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Looking for a portable amp for high impedance headphones less than $200 (beyer t1 )

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Thread Starter 

 Just like the thread says. Im looking for a portable amp that properly can power higher impedence cans such as my T1s and 990dt.  Of course just being able to be loud is not properly amplifying said headphone. The only high quality amps I know around this price are the O2 and fiio e12. Im getting the impression the O2 doesnt power them right from some owners of both.

Ive heard good things about the continental but thats way out of the price range and no longer being built. 

 

So if anyone knows a good one for this price Id be very interested in recommendations.

 

Blue  

post #2 of 5

The E12 has a ton of power, and the vamp versa, though the latter is expensive.

 

The Fiio X3 is also good.

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thank you for the reply! I did get a reply about this on the T1 appreciation thread (and other than a posting reccomendation in another forum only two...) and the guy said his E12 did not power the T1 right at all... I wonder if they can make a SS amp with a good voltage supply like a tube amp for high imp cans. It be nice...


Edited by BlueSundays - 11/8/13 at 8:24pm
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Yeah, its pretty hard for a portable amp to power something like the t1. Why do you need a portable amp?
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Thread Starter 

Well I have a Crack + speedball coming for dedicated audio use which will be paired with my scd-555es.  So I need another amp for computer based stuff, and I figure just to get a portable amp so it can do double duty. I didnt really want to spend more money on a portable than the home amp so I could power these things, but that might just be what needs to happen... Maybe I will get one of those Lehmen clones and use that for the computer. Just need to get an inexpensive Dac until I can get a real nice one that will maybe take over the duties of the SCD-555es and then I wont need the computer amp anymore, (as then the Crack will be mated to that good dac which now would be on the computer) and then it nice to have a good portable amp.  I dont have an audiophile quality powercenter, maybe I should just get one of those an put the 555 near the computer (as of now they are physically about 15 feet apart wall socket wise) and then change out cables to the crack. 

 

Well either way I hope this explains why I would like to use a portable. If I could get a dac that sounded better than the 555es then I would just get that and run PC audio and perhaps download the CDs I have or just spin em in the computer and play em to the DAC and not have a two station thing going on in the first place. 

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