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iPhone 5 compatible portable Amp/DAC to drive both IEMs and cans...

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Like the title says... 

 

I'm running Sennheiser IE 800 in-ears and the German Maestro GMP 8.35 D cans. 

 

If I were just using the IE 800s I'd probably go with the Astell & Kerns AK10, but the fact that every professional review I've seen of it (when it's used with cans) has it coupled to a larger amp doesn't instill confidence in it's ability to drive cans.

 

I currently have a Fiio E11 and an E12... There's a difference there, with the E12 having a slightly warmer and wider presentation, and I'd probably be happy with the E12 were it not for the fact that I received a lemon from Amazon... In a few weeks it's developed both a hiss and a faulty headphone jack (yes, it passed the authentication test on Fiio's website)... And besides, I'd like a DAC as well.

 

I've also been looking at the V-Moda Vamp Verza, but I have yet to see a review that shifts the focus off its unique design and case-coupling features, and simply offers a thorough appraisal of it's sound. It does seem nice, though... 

 

Love to keep it somewhat reasonably budgeted... Say $500 or so and below. Less is always better, ha ha. 

 

Options? Thanks for your expertise!


Edited by Earbones - 1/16/14 at 5:17pm
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If your already using an iPhone or iPod for that matter, such as myself, you should pair it was an Cypherlabs Algorhythm Solo, either the -R or -dB if you'll be using balanced cables. The DAC chip is inside of it is far superior to the iPod's or iPhone's resulting in a way better signal. These are expensive components. The Solo generally retails for $500-$600.

 

Next, in a next world, the amp to use would be the ALO Mk3-B+, which can power ultra sensitive IEMs or pretty much any full sized cans, aside from the HE 6, with superior authority. The component runs for $650.

 

Another, far cheaper option, for portable amps is the C&C BH2, which cost a whopping $100. It has three toggles to mess around with the sound, is sturdy, has an impressive battery, is extremely compact, and has impressive power relative to its size.

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To me the verza is a little bit overpriced. You could get sony pha1 for a good amount cheaper.

 

you could also consider alo audio the international as you can now use it with the iphone 5 with ios 7+ if you have the right cable :). ive never tried it myself though.

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