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Cheap Amps.Cant Spend Much. What Should I Buy?

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Hey guys! I have a pair of He-300, Hd650, m-80, and sel40. My current amp is a Fiio e11. Being 16 and buying all of this on my own, I am looking for a desktop amp. My max is 120. No more. I'm not opposed to buying used either. So far I have narrowed it to
Fiio--e90k
Bravo Audio Ocean
Little Dot 1
Schiit Magni
Schiit Vali

I'm not an expert on amps but I get the just of it and I know that my hd650 in particular would benefit from a better amp. Any opinions? Could you also give sound sig with your suggestion?
post #2 of 5

well, first off, I recommend that you don't get the Fiio, its doesn't do the 650 much justice.

out of the ones you listed, I say go for the little dot.

not really in your budget but try out the Graham Slee Solo SRG2 or the Ultra Linear, they are excellent with the HD650

post #3 of 5

Try the Objective2 Headphone Amp from JDS Labs. Its only $130 is a bargain for its price point. Really though, I'd recommend saving a bit more to get a DAC for your computer or a DAC+AMP combo. That will really improve the quality of your music, imo, in a far greater way than just an amp. 

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Originally Posted by MattAnthony1990 View Post

Try the Objective2 Headphone Amp from JDS Labs. Its only $130 is a bargain for its price point. Really though, I'd recommend saving a bit more to get a DAC for your computer or a DAC+AMP combo. That will really improve the quality of your music, imo, in a far greater way than just an amp. 

Thanks for the suggestion. I should already say that I have a Xonar stx card. So at the moment I have a adequate DAC. I'm kinda looking just for an amp.
post #5 of 5

Then the original O2 should serve you quite well :). Another option, a bit more expensive at $170, is the HiFiMan EF2A Vacuum tube amp. Its very pleasing to the eye and from what I've read has a nice sound signature. 

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