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Headphone Amp thats both POWERFUL and Neutral

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Hello Everyone,

I just ordered a pair of Beyerdynamics DT-770 Pro 250 Ohms headphones, and now I need an amp to run them. I prefer neutral sound, and prefer ultra clarity for stringed instruments (guitars, violins, cello, ect.) and mids and bass that aren't muddied either. My budget is $200. I would prefer a bass boost, because occasionally I do enjoy some rap/electronic music that would benefit from it, but don't want to have to deal with the extra bass the rest of the time.

 

So far, I am comparing these amps:

 

JDS Labs C5

 

Leckerton Audio UHA-4 AD8610

 

Fiio E-12

 

Fiio E-18

 

Electric Avenues PA2V2

 

I need enough power to drive 250 ohms, and would prefer more power to move up to a 600 ohms design later on. I would also like them to be able to drive sensitive IEM's, such as the Etymotic HF-5's.

 

Thanks,

F23

post #2 of 6

I would recommend the E12 or C5. Purely in terms of SQ, I would recommend UHA-4, but for amps with bass boost, E12 and C5 are hard to beat. C5 will sound cleaner and flatter(without bass boost), as it does cost more. But it you want 600ohm, E12 might be safer.

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How will the UHA-4 handle a 600 ohm page of headphones?

F23
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How will the UHA-4 handle a 600 ohm page of headphones?

F23

Not terribly well. Well, depends on the sensitivity of your headphone too. 600ohm beyers are hard to drive though. For those, I recommend E12.

post #5 of 6
You might be able to find a Matrix M Stage headphone amp in that price range.
post #6 of 6
Have you seen this: http://www.head-fi.org/t/620775/the-sub-200-portable-amps-shootout-13-11-amps-compared

Many of the amps you are looking at are compared there.
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