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HI! :D Looking for my first portable amp...

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After a month of reading threads (joker's IEM guide, amp reviews, etc.). I have decided to join the world of Head-Fi!

 

So far I have no amps, just 2 IEMs, a pair of earbuds and a music player, and my computer.

 

My IEMs are:

1. Sennheiser CX215 (my personal favorite)

2. Audio Technica CLR100

 

My earbuds are an Apple 3rd gen with in-line remote.

 

My music player is an ancient Creative ZEN Nano Plus 512mb.

 

I listen to any genre of music depending on what I feel like to listen. I a little bit new with describing sound and using terms. I just like to hear good music to chill me out in stressing times, and also video edit for school projects :D

 

I'm looking for a portable amp for my music player that balances the sound to help me decide new IEMs for my use in the future.

 

I have found some portable amps that has some interests in...

1. FiiO E6

2. FiiO E11

My budget is anything below $60.

 

Thanks!

 

EDIT: added a list on some amps i have interest in, and lowered the budget to $60 cause i needed the other $40 for an emergency.


Edited by PotatoEars - 2/8/14 at 8:02pm
post #2 of 5

The E6 would go well with the Zen considering how small they both are, and it's super cheap at $26 on amazon. I had one and I have a Fiio E12. From what I've heard the E11 and E12 are comparable sound wise, and I love the way my E12 sounds. If you are considering investing more into your portable rig, I would recommend getting the E11, if you aren't in a hurry to change anything more than just adding an amp, go with the E6. 

post #3 of 5
At that price, there's only a few decent options: Fiio, or the PA2V2 or one of the CMoys. I would probably get the E6 and try it - it's cheap, small and easy to charge.

Here's another idea for you - don't buy an amp - your headphones don't need it. Save some more and then spend it on headphones. I think you will see significantly more improvement by investing in headphones rather than adding an amp to your current 'phones.

BTW, if you are looking for a spare set of CX215, they are currently on sale at J&R for $15!
http://www.jr.com/sennheiser/pe/SEN_CX215BZ/
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

At that price, there's only a few decent options: Fiio, or the PA2V2 or one of the CMoys. I would probably get the E6 and try it - it's cheap, small and easy to charge.

Here's another idea for you - don't buy an amp - your headphones don't need it. Save some more and then spend it on headphones. I think you will see significantly more improvement by investing in headphones rather than adding an amp to your current 'phones.

BTW, if you are looking for a spare set of CX215, they are currently on sale at J&R for $15!
http://www.jr.com/sennheiser/pe/SEN_CX215BZ/

Thanks, maybe I should get other headphones first before getting an amp... Thanks for the link on spare Sennheisers :D

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Originally Posted by cCasper TFG View Post
 

The E6 would go well with the Zen considering how small they both are, and it's super cheap at $26 on amazon. I had one and I have a Fiio E12. From what I've heard the E11 and E12 are comparable sound wise, and I love the way my E12 sounds. If you are considering investing more into your portable rig, I would recommend getting the E11, if you aren't in a hurry to change anything more than just adding an amp, go with the E6. 


I might get the E12 if I have a budget. Maybe when I get some decent headphones that needs an amp, I might buy the E12.

post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
Does my IEMs need an amp in any way? Just wondering because I haven't bought any portable amp yet :P
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