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Best headphone portable DAC amp for under $100

post #1 of 8
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Hey guys I recently got some sweet srh940s and now I want a portable amp to go with it.. mainly becaus emy laptops soundcard sucks (it has beats smh).

What's the best amp under 100$ ? I've heard alot about the fiio e10, some suggested the e17. any other suggestions? 

Thanks

post #2 of 8
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Wow really? No one is answering?
post #3 of 8

You posted on the wrong subforum.

post #4 of 8

Would like to see options as well!

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Originally Posted by Jawmare View Post

You posted on the wrong subforum.

Well this is under portable headphone amps and that's what I want are u saying the fiio e10 isn't a portable amp?
post #6 of 8

if you're looking for a cheap sub-$100 portable amp+DAC, I think Fiio is your only option.

 

E17 is $140ish, so over your budget. I would recommend the E70K at $90. Any sound quality differences shouldn't be too noticeable as they both use the same DAC. the E17 has more connections and a slightly more powerful amp, but the E70K is lighter and has a longer battery life.

 

Are you just planning on using it only for your laptop? Then you can consider options like the Audioquest Dragonfly 1.0 ($99 - older version; newer version is 1.2 for $150). If you are planning on using it for your android/iphone smartphone, you have to check if the DAC will work w/ the OS. You need to be able to do digital USB audio out. Usually, it's a matter of finding a DAC that is compatible with your smartphone operating system. for android, check out this thread for which phones work w/ which DACs: http://www.head-fi.org/t/595071/android-phones-and-usb-dacs


Edited by money4me247 - 12/16/13 at 9:33pm
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Originally Posted by kcahmadi View Post


Well this is under portable headphone amps and that's what I want are u saying the fiio e10 isn't a portable amp?

http://www.head-fi.org/f/7840/introductions-help-and-recommendations

 

This is the forum for asking for help and recommendations.

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Originally Posted by money4me247 View Post
 

if you're looking for a cheap sub-$100 portable amp+DAC, I think Fiio is your only option.

 

E17 is $140ish, so over your budget. I would recommend the E70K at $90. Any sound quality differences shouldn't be too noticeable as they both use the same DAC. the E17 has more connections and a slightly more powerful amp, but the E70K is lighter and has a longer battery life.

 

Are you just planning on using it only for your laptop? Then you can consider options like the Audioquest Dragonfly 1.0 ($99 - older version; newer version is 1.2 for $150). If you are planning on using it for your android/iphone smartphone, you have to check if the DAC will work w/ the OS. You need to be able to do digital USB audio out. Usually, it's a matter of finding a DAC that is compatible with your smartphone operating system. for android, check out this thread for which phones work w/ which DACs: http://www.head-fi.org/t/595071/android-phones-and-usb-dacs

Thank you so much for the suggestions! I was planning on using it with my laptop and iphone. Which would you think would be best?

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