Headphone amplifier
Sep 3, 2015 at 11:51 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 10


New Head-Fier
Sep 3, 2015
Hello my friends...

i´m not sure if i´m posting at the right place... (sorry if not).

I would like to build a headphone amplifier. I´m looking on the internet to get more information, but I found only huge lists of diy amplifiers and i´m lost! lol I really need some tips and suggestions to find the right project for my needs.

I´m a mixing engineer... I do work with my speakers but I like to check my mixes on the headphones. I usually use in ear phones sennheiser and want to buy a Unique Melody Miracle. I´m pluging my phones straight to my RME board... it doesnt sound bad, but it´s a bit harsh to me. I´m not an amplifier expert but I did use some better amplifiers and I know some of them has a more smooth sound and thats what I´m looking for. Something smoother, vibrant... with a more exciting sound... maybe a tube amplifier will give me that sound, I don´t know. 

I really need some suggestions and what kind of sound I can get from each amplifier. 

Hope to get some tips...

thanks a lot  

Sep 4, 2015 at 7:24 PM Post #4 of 10
The iBasso P5 is the best portable amp for IEMs I have heard, it is well worth a look. 
Sep 5, 2015 at 1:00 AM Post #6 of 10
  Thanks, I gonna take a look... but do you suggest any DIY headphone amp? Do you know how IEMs sounds on tube amps? Could it be a good match?

Haven't tried any tube amps for IEMs. 
Sep 5, 2015 at 1:39 AM Post #7 of 10
I wouldn't recommend tubes for professional work. The O2 is a classic choice for a transparent amp.
Sep 5, 2015 at 1:16 PM Post #9 of 10
You can find them already made from JDS Labs and Mayflower. The O2 is a very well respected amp! Another option in that price range might include the Schiit Magni 2.
Sep 5, 2015 at 3:58 PM Post #10 of 10
Some of us don't like the O2... but that's neither here nor there.
Cheapish tube amp DIY
I'm not sure which one would be best for iems... maybe Starlight.
There's also the Starving Student Hybrid
That's all I can think of at the moment.

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