Which headphone amp?

d_a_n1979

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I've got a pair of Grado SR80i's and want a good headphone amp to go between them and my 2012 MacBook Pro (has optical out etc...)

I've already got the MBP hooked up with my NAD amp and speakers (currently in classifieds) and use a FiiO D3 DAC between them so can keep using that if necessary

Budget of around £100 is where I want to look for starters as I'm a virgin to the headphone and headphone amp arena!

Thanks for your suggestions/thoughts etc... :cool:

 

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Get the Fiio head-amp which integrates with your DAC. I forget the model number but a quick search on Amazon will find it...

 

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Yeah already considered the FiiO headphone amps but also interested in the Creek & Rega amps too

Quite happy to buy 2nd hand and if it's not liked I can then sell on with little loss (hopefully)

 

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Dan if you want to try Creek then look at their OBH21SE model which should be available s/h for your budget or just over. Cracking can amp that goes very well with Grados.

 

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Having owned both the Rega and Creek to my ears the latter is far superior.

I just sold mine for £130 and replaced it with a valved (well I would, wouldn't I) Icon Audio HP8 - see avatar. Lovely sounding thing with my AKG K702's.

 

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I have to agree with the comments regarding the Rega Ear. I had one (partnered with HD650's) and it wasn't much better than some of the built-in headphone stages found in many mid-price amps.

 

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