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Point me in the direction of a good portable (or semi) power amplifier to match my kit.

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Hello Forum! New member and my first post.

 

So, my work requires frequent travel which means I am feathered to portable audio.

 

Currently, my kit is based on a 2013 Retinal Macbook Pro. I use iTunes to manage the library and Pure Music to upsample data headed out to a Meridian Explorer. The Explorer is connected with a Wireworld Starlight 7 Series USB cable. 

 

I currently use Shure SRH840, SRH1440 and HIFiMan HE-400 full size cans. I also have a set of Klipsh X7i and NAD HD20 to use with an iPhone 5. I use all of these headphones for listening through the Explorer depending on my mood. I’m most partial to the HiFiMan and NAD. The SRH1440 and Klipsch X7i both have a midrange peak that makes them sound shouty with some recordings.

 

So, I was curious about Meridian’s new Audio Director DAC as a path to upgrade. I was disappointed to find out that the headphone amp is omitted. I know it is designed more for for in home systems, but, it is USB powered which does make it open to portable systems.

 

My question in this post is, is there a portable headphone amplifier that would be a good match for integrating into my system? Ideally, it would be powered by a 12v source. USB would be a second choice. Size and weight is not super important as it would only move from my vehicle when taking breaks at home. The vehicle has living accommodations, so I’m not having to lug equipment back and forth out of hotel rooms when changing locations.

 

Thank you for your suggestions.

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What is your budget?
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Thread Starter 

Good question. I would probably limit it to roughly equal to the Meridian Audio Director which retails for $700.00. I might go as high as $1,000 if the additional $300 made a substantial improvement over what a $700 amp can do.

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In this case it is definatley the Centrance Hifi M8 which will be all you need for iDevice and computer.
Edited by cucera - 1/1/14 at 11:47pm
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A question about the M8. It is a combo amp & dad, right? I'n thinking that I would prefer a pure amp since the Meridian Audio Director is a USB DAC that does not have an amp. Some of the cost of producing the M8 is parts & labor to include the DAC. Do they make a straight up amp comparable to the M8 without the DAC?

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analog squared paper tu-05 or tu-06, great tube amps, portable, battery driven, both delivered with car charger. see the reviews here on head-fi or the a2p appreciation thread.
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Originally Posted by craigk49 View Post

A question about the M8. It is a combo amp & dad, right? I'n thinking that I would prefer a pure amp since the Meridian Audio Director is a USB DAC that does not have an amp. Some of the cost of producing the M8 is parts & labor to include the DAC. Do they make a straight up amp comparable to the M8 without the DAC?

No it is just that combo, but the internal DAC is way better than the Meridian and you can use it as a ipod/iphone/ipad external DAC too. Centrance is the USB technology provider of many multi thousand dollar DACs, the jitter is unmesurable and the HIfi M8 was developed with over a year input of this community.

Just search for it here and you will find some of the longest threads ever for a unit that was announced little over a year ago.

t is just the most advanced mobile solution availible, and you have only one unit. Sell the Meridian and save some money. Especially for apple user there is nothing as good out there.
Edited by cucera - 1/2/14 at 10:58pm
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