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Good portable amplifier for Audio Technica ATH-M50?

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I've bought my M50 a few weeks ago. Using it mainly with my Nexus 4, they certainly sound great, but I'm still looking to fulfill the headphones' potential in audio quality (more power and clarity, especially in the middle range), as well as to reach higher levels of volume (as these headphones in particular deliver a pretty weak volume).

Can you recommend me of a good amplifier, sound and build quality, for these headphones? And it's important for it to be portable, since I highly need it in noisy places like bus or train. Thanks.
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Check the FiiO E17. 

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Anybody else?
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Depends how much you're looking to spend. There aren't that many cheap options that isn't fiio.
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Check the FiiO E17. 
What are this amp's qualities?
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Depends how much you're looking to spend. There aren't that many cheap options that isn't fiio.
I'd say, around $100, max $150... (actually, in Israel where I live the prices are usually higher.) Which of the Fiio's are the most recommended?
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What are this amp's qualities?

Fiio amps are usually warm sounding.

You should have enough volumes to damage your ears if that's what you wish to do.

Just don't expect a miracle in the changes and you should be fine. You can also EQ it.
Edited by bobby12 - 8/28/14 at 4:02am
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You mean, it's got buttons to boost/reduce the bass, mid and treble?
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Fiio amps are usually warm sounding.

You should have enough volumes to damage your ears if that's what you wish to do.

Just don't expect a miracle in the changes and you should be fine. You can also EQ it.
And by saying 'warm sound', you mean that these amps kind of neglect the higher notes? Are they particularly 'warmer' than the standard sound of the ATH-M50?
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You mean, it's got buttons to boost/reduce the bass, mid and treble?

 

Just bass and treble, no mids.

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I've bought my M50 a few weeks ago. Using it mainly with my Nexus 4, they certainly sound great, but I'm still looking to fulfill the headphones' potential in audio quality (more power and clarity, especially in the middle range), as well as to reach higher levels of volume (as these headphones in particular deliver a pretty weak volume).

Can you recommend me of a good amplifier, sound and build quality, for these headphones? And it's important for it to be portable, since I highly need it in noisy places like bus or train. Thanks.

The Fiio E12 is a great portable amp. I use mine with the AKG K712 pro. I even use it to amplify the analog signal from my Auzentech Prelude sound card and the Nakamichi headphone output when listening to LPs. The sound is simply amazing.

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And by saying 'warm sound', you mean that these amps kind of neglect the higher notes? Are they particularly 'warmer' than the standard sound of the ATH-M50?

I don't think so. I wouldn't describe them as warm in any significant way.
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