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.