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I know that the HE400i is not really a portable can but my need is specific. I love listening to music before going to bed and do my listening while lying down in bed. This is the reason I want a portable amp that I can lug around in my bed.

I have the E17 / E09k desktop setup and the HE400i sounds very good on it! The bass is nice and tight and it sounds nice and warm. I do tend to lower the treble 1 notch lower since I really don't like super bright highs. I did try to use the E17 together with my iPod 5.5g but it doesn't sound as good as my desktop setup. There is less bass and the sound isn't as warm.

What portable amp would be good to drive the HE400i? Looking for an amp that is on the warmish side and/or will deliver more bass than my current portable setup. Budget would be between $100-200. thumb.gif
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Mark, I'm sorry that I can't directly help you with a recommendation. But I hope what I'm advising will help.

Consult the pertinent thread (a HiFiMan thread) over at the head-fi.org forums. I'm upgrading audio equipment as well, and got a lot of help from the people there.

And to give credit where it's due, OCN's headphones thread has a lot of knowledgeable people as well. They can guide you to the right amp as well if you don't want the hassle of consulting the head-fi forums.

I hope you find your perfect portable amp. smile.gif
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Mark, I'm sorry that I can't directly help you with a recommendation. But I hope what I'm advising will help.

Consult the pertinent thread (a HiFiMan thread) over at the head-fi.org forums. I'm upgrading audio equipment as well, and got a lot of help from the people there.

And to give credit where it's due, OCN's headphones thread has a lot of knowledgeable people as well. They can guide you to the right amp as well if you don't want the hassle of consulting the head-fi forums.

I hope you find your perfect portable amp. smile.gif

I'm heading over to the OCN club here as the people are more open here. To much hype train, flavor of the month and bias in headfi in my opinion. Thanks!
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post #4 of 8
Put an extension cord on your bed's headboard so you can plug an amp in. Get the little schiit entry level amp for $100. It'll sound great and it's tiny. Is it portable? Size wise? Yes. The fact that it runs off AC power? Not so much. But you're in bed! I'm sure that electrical outlets are available nearby!

I have the same headphones on a Schiit Asgard. Schiit makes good schiit and it pairs nicely with these cans. Don't get the valhalla though it sounds like crap with planars.
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When you say portable, do you mean it will ONLY be used on your bed or did you plan on also using it when you are out and about? Personally, I really like the JDS Labs C5 amp for portable usage. They are a great company IMO and make quality stuff. If it is just for usage on your bed, any smallish amp will do.
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When you say portable, do you mean it will ONLY be used on your bed or did you plan on also using it when you are out and about? Personally, I really like the JDS Labs C5 amp for portable usage. They are a great company IMO and make quality stuff. If it is just for usage on your bed, any smallish amp will do.

What I mean is an amp I can use in bed and when I travel (I travel a lot). Doesn't the C5 have a 10 ohm output impedance (or is that the C421)? Wouldn't that cause more noise to be picked up?
Edited by mark_thaddeus - 10/17/15 at 6:39am
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Quote:
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What I mean is an amp I can use in bed and when I travel (I travel a lot). Doesn't the C5 have a 10 ohm output impedance (or is that the C421)? Wouldn't that cause more noise to be picked up?

It has 0.62 ohms output impedence
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It has 0.62 ohms output impedence

Cool, thanks for the recommend! thumb.gif
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