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It is a portable headphone amp, the Fiio A3! The additional power and bass boost helps a lot with what are some surprisingly good soundtracks on the 3DS.
I ordered the shell from Alliexpress and to my surprise, it was a genuine OEM full shell! Or I’ll be damned if I can tell the difference. I wanted to do the full shell swap but I got about 2 hours into it and noped right out of there.
If I ever find a good enough deal on a mint condition full unit I’ll do a motherboard swap.
I actually have an old full size gen 1 satisfye grip that I sawed in half to get a feel and it does fill my palms a good bit better. That said, the gen 2 grips have the rubberized on the triggers which feels better.
What I really want is a friend with a CNC machine to make an interlocking cut instead of the hours of peering and sanding and peering and sanding to get it (mostly) just right.
Most budget headphone amps come with dacs built in and are meant to be connected to a computer. They won’t have an analog input for your turntable.
Fiio does make a good portable amp, the A3, that will work pretty much with any headphone in your budget range
So you could connect that to your turntable preamp outputs.
Grado SR80E are a love them or hate them kind of headphone. But for people that love them, they especially like them for all kinds of Rock music.
Sennheiser HD58X special edition headphones from Drop in the US are a good all around headphone that works well for Rock music. And not as polarizing as the SR80E.
Agreed. Also I have been super happy with fiio too. They make an A3 and if you need super small an A1 that do pretty well. https://www.amazon.com/FiiO-A3-Portable-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B00Z9BIODA/ref=sr\_1\_8?dchild=1&keywords=headphone%2Bamp%2Bportable%2Banalog%2Bin&qid=1631248545&s=electronics&sr=1-8&th=1
Its is what I used for my 598’s having the physical knob was nice.
I’ve tried is plugging in my Fiio A3 (https://www.amazon.com/FiiO-Portable-Headphone-Amplifier-Titanium/dp/B00Z9BIODA/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=fiio%2Ba3&qid=1607469038&sr=8-3&th=1&psc=1) in the PS5 controller headphone input for extra volume. It works, but tbh it’s a bit of a hassle dealing with the extra wires though
I have the older MDR1A. My understanding is AM2 have less extra bass.
If you have the volume turned all the way up on your phone, and they are not loud enough for you, then yes. A headphone amp could help.
A Fiio A3 headphone amp could certainly give you a lot more volume. It also has a bass boost EQ switch on it.
Looking for some good quality inner sleeves for my records. What are some good quality inner sleeves that I can get from Amazon.uk? A part of my soul dies everytime I have to remove a record from a carton/paper sleeve. Some of my records (Foo Fighters, Slayer) come with poly-lined anti static sleeves (is that what they’re called?) and I’m eternally grateful for them.
Also another question, is this an alright headphone amp? I’m looking for something super simple for my ATH-M50x headphones. I love listening to records through headphones but the volume is sometimes just a tad bit low. Thanks!
iPhone 6 outputs 6.6mW @ 150 Ohm impedance load. That equals ~1Vrms and can drive the DT770 80 Ohm to a sound pressure level of 106.88dB….that’s not great and definitely not acceptable if you have really high demands.
For casually listening to pop music or any loudly mastered stuff it is O.K. Not great, but good enough to not complain.
If you really want to get the best out of the headphones you should consider buying a portable amplifier like the FiiO A3
That amp would drive the DT770 to 116db SPL.
Awesome thank you.
As for the weak monitoring output, would something like this work to boost the again once it has left the 2i2?
I don’t know about a dedicated bass knob, but I use a portable headphone amp with a bass booster switch. I have those same headphones too. Sounds good to me. Would be weird to use them for gaming though. You might want a more permanent desktop amplifier if you aren’t going to be using it on the go.
Thanks, I might be getting that then. As a side question, would this be able to work with an android phone instead of a laptop as well? Or would I need something like this instead? Any downside to getting the portable one for both phone and laptop?
Why are you limiting yourself?
Do you explicitly need JUST a headphone Amp because you think the DAC inside whatever device you’re using is better than a good quality budget DAC/AMP like an E10K?
There are plenty of little boxes that are just headphone Amps out there. Plenty of portable battery powered ones too. Here’s the basic Fiio A3 , been around for a while. https://www.amazon.com/FiiO-A3-Portable-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B00Z9BIODA/ref=sr_1_42?crid=304PU92MNC79V&keywords=headphone%2Bamplifier&qid=1640853932&sprefix=headphone%2Bamplifie%2Caps%2C169&sr=8-42&th=1 ; or the even cheaper A1 https://www.amazon.com/FiiO-A1-Silver-Portable-Headphone/dp/B01CPUVPEM/ref=psdc_13880161_t4_B00Z9BIODA
How about a piece of Schiit, not portable, but just another example of a headphone amplifier widely used by many people https://www.amazon.com/Schiit-Magni-Headphone-Amplifier-Preamp/dp/B09BX3W88N/ref=sr_1_17?crid=KO6YSERQTNQ4&keywords=smsl+headphone+amp&qid=1640854072&sprefix=smsl+headphone+amp%2Caps%2C95&sr=8-17
No, I’ll post a link.Headphone amp.
This is an amplified headphone made for the hard of hearing – it is used but they are hard to find these days.
Another alternative is to buy headphones and pair them with a headphone amplifier. Also, if I can recommend using a headphone with a headphone amp and pairing that up with the 2E1 Vibe Belt: Audio Translated as Directional Vibe Cues for Deaf.
A Fiio A3 amp will easily power the X2HR to very loud volume: https://www.amazon.com/FiiO-A3-Portable-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B00Z9BIODA/
Just get a cable to connect it to the PS4, and then plug your headphones into it.
FiiO A3 – $49.99
FiiO BTR3 – $69.99
V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition- $337.99 (But if you don’t need wireless, save some dollars and get the M-100 or maybe the newer M-100 Masters)
If you just wish to have a portable Amp and no DAC cuz V30 has a great dac,
you can consider portable Fiio A3 Amp ($59)
all in all the HD 599 don’t necessarily need an amp but they do benefit slightly from it. this just means if you don’t have an amp you will not lose quality but there may be a slight change in general max volume, and low end.
just for some numbers, the HD 599 are 50 ohms most phones or other onboard amps can do a decent job up until the 100 ohm mark but do lack the power to drive headphones to there fullest extent past 25-30 ohms.
in conclusion, you don’t need an amp for the HD 599 but you would benefit from one. because of this I don’t recommend getting an expensive amp you could just get a FiiO A3 it’s a portable amp but you could just plug it in and get a long 3.5 aux cable and hook it up semi-permanently.
FiiO A3 (its 60$): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Z9BIODA/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
>I plan to use them mainly with my computer and sometimes my phone.
If you’re going to use it sometimes on your phone then choose the 32 ohms.
It will be significantly easier to drive out of the box, no dac/amp required.
However, throwing in even a small inexpensive but quality dac/amp will significantly improve sound especially on the lower bass end.
Im not familiar with the options in Italy but the most popular low cost headphone amp around here is the Shiit Mangi 3. It will be closer to 80 eur new though. You could even use a mobile headphone amp like the Fiio A3. You would just need an RCA to 3.5mm cable. There are cheaper options as well, just google headphone amp and look at the reviews. Some may require an adapter to work but those are typically cheap.
The other option is any used stereo amp/receiver. You just wouldn’t make use of the speaker outputs (yet) is all.
Im talking about the fiio e11k and the Soundmagic HP150.
This one gets recommended quite a lot at that price range:
Nothing too special.
The Fiio A3
You should be a little more careful with your recommendations, that headphone amp only works with a digital/USB input. Another Fiio that would work for his situation would be this one, but only after adapting the RCAs to TRS with one of these cables.
Even then, you’re limited to not using very high end (high impedance) headphones. OP, how much do you wanna spend? Do you already have headphones (either in your possession or in mind?)
Do you think this amp would be good enough? I need to buy the amp from amazon
Hey guys. I am hoping someone can help me. I really want to get into this seriously. Music has always been a sort of therapy and a joy to me.
I own two pairs of headphones. A pair of Sennheiser Momentum’s (1) that I bought last November. Yesterday I acquired a pair of Sennheiser HD 558’s.
I don’t own any equipment. I listen to music primarily on Spotify on my iPhone 6 Plus. I pay for premium so I have high quality streaming. I don’t have a soundcard in my PC. My motherboard is an MSI Z97-G45. I don’t own a DAC. I don’t own an amp. These are things I feel I should acquire in order to get the full potential out of the HD 558’s and any future headphones I purchase.
My budget isn’t the greatest at the moment as I recently graduated university and am still job-hunting. Maybe $200-250 max. This is in Canadian dollars.
Since I listen to music primarily on my iPhone 6 Plus, I’ve read that I should look into a portable amp. I found these researching various subs: http://www.headphonebar.com/fiio-e17k-alpen2/
But I’d need to buy a lightening to USB Camera adapter for the E17K and even then I read it may not work. Some advice would be great because I just need a starting point right now and maybe some Canadian based online retailers I can buy from. If possible, I’d like to acquire an amp to use with my phone and eventually I will pick up some equipment for my PC.
Thank you in advance. I realize this is a loaded post.