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I've been looking at getting a headphone amp to use with my PC, but I'm not sure of what's good and what's not. I've seen the Fiio E11 mentioned quite a bit, but I'm not sure if that is the way to go or not. I'd like to keep the price under $80. Any recommendations are greatly appreciated.
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What headphones will you be using with it?
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I'll be using my Sennheiser HD555's and my Superlux 668B's.
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I'd recommend you spend a bit extra and grab a Schiit Magni, it's well worth it.
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Would I just use something like this then to connect that to my PC's soundcard?

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021804&p_id=665&seq=1&format=2
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Originally Posted by waylo88 View Post

Would I just use something like this then to connect that to my PC's soundcard?

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021804&p_id=665&seq=1&format=2
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Just FYI, E11 can't be used while charging, so it would be annoying for use as a desktop amp.
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Anyone else have some other recommendations or is the Magni like the best you can get for the price?
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Objective2 amp, great concept behind it. Look up Mayflower electronics or JDSLabs for sellers, and look up nwavguy for info about the O2 amp (and ODAC).
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Anyone else have some other recommendations or is the Magni like the best you can get for the price?

There's the O2 amp like THEStorm mentioned. It's slightly warmer in sound than the Magni but both are very comparable. The Magni is cheaper and looks better so that's still my recommendation.

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