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What was the first headphone amp you acquired? Approximately how much did it cost?

Today, what are your thoughts on this first amp, any regrets in getting it?

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What was the first headphone amp you acquired? Approximately how much did it cost?

Today, what are your thoughts on this first amp, any regrets in getting it?

Seasons Greetings to all of you!
My first REAL headphone amp? Emmeline HR-2.
How much did it cost? $875 plus $25 for extra op-amps.

My thoughts:

Rolled off frequency extremes
Bloomy midrange (great vocals)
Smooth, yet detailed and resolving
Punchy, but not intrusive, bass

Neutral? Not really... Natural? Definitely...

Any regrets? Yes -- it is making me spend so much money on headphones.

Cheers,
BANGPOD
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Mister X "Curious George" Low-Z Cmoy Headphone Amp. Was a trooper, no regrets, would have been my portable forever if it wasn't for a Best Man gift of a SR-71.

One regret - it looked like a terrorist device to the JFK crack security team, so my friend had to go without on his honeymoon - yep, confiscated.
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My first portable amp was a Headroom Airhead three or four years ago, I believe it was the first version they released. My first stationary amp was a Creek OBH-11, not long after I bought the Airhead.

-Keith
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My first and only so far, MisterX SubGilmore. Im extremely happy with it, then agian, its my first, I have nothing to compare with I like it a lot though, its really nice.

Very good bass, mids and highs. All around I'd say, A+!
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Creek OBH - 11 no real regrets buying it until I opened it up and found the board was populated with bargain basement parts a bit of a shock when it proudly stated on their website that they used nothing but the finest components.... oh well, I soon filled her with quality parts and then moved on to the much better X-Can V2
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MG-Head OTL

Somewhat of a disappointment. Alot of times I couldn't tell the difference between it and the headphone out in my SS Rotel integrated. One of the main reasons I sold it and bought a HD300. Now that is a tube amp! Needless to say I'm much happier now.
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The notorious Gary Ali, (electric-avenues) Version 1. Cost me $60.

Not the last word in sound but perfectly good for my portable sources and good for adding ooomph to small external unpowered PC speakers. The V2 extracts a stunning amount of power from its 2 AAs and is a good deal louder than a "typical" CMOY, comparitive sound quality is a matter of opinion. I have been comparison-listening to the 2 and have not reached any firm conclusion yet.

For static listening I have a Classic and recently a Graham Slee Solo Mk II which is ear-bleedingly powerful and which I normally run at 7 O'Clock !!
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My first amp was a Meta 42 housed in a wood enclosure originally built by doobooloo. I have no regrets as it sounded great and it was quite beautiful. I still have the amp but it is now in storage as I have been using my other amps more often.
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My first amp was a cmoy in a mint enclosure built by headfier eyevansku, I snagged it off Ebay on the cheap and still have it today in the rare case that I'm listening to music portably.
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JMT Portable Meta42 in a translucent blue Serpac case run off a single 9V battery.
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Headroom Little.

The only regret I ever had was when I sold it cause I loved that amp....
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Headroom Total Airhead. It served me well for a couple of years until Head-Fi took away my wallet.
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Audio Alchemy hpa v1.0. I bought this amp around 1994-1995. I used it until sometime late in 2002. I always liked the amp and never regretted the purchase. Some head-fier is still probably using the amp.

My first tube headamp was a used ppx3 I bought from another head-fi member. Surely one of my best audio deals ever, if not the best.
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grace model 901.

still a nice amp to listen to.
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