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I've been toying with the idea of getting a portable amp for my ipod. I've got Shure E530's, so I'm set in that department. Any recommendations? No real budget as I don't know how much these things typically go for.
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I'm not really familiar with how the SE530s respond to amping, but I'll give a few recommendations.

Mini^3 - $100-$150, a DIY, but you can get someone to build it for you if you like.

Little Dot MKI - $150

MINT amp - varied pricing, another DIY

you want to go a little higher, you can look at Ray Samuels Audio's offerings (SR-71, Tomahawk, Predator), the Headamp Pico, etc. Take a look around Head-Fi's amp section to, should find plenty of recommendations there. Be sure to get a line out dock/cable to bypass your iPod's crappy integrated amp. =D
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Mini^3, Xin Supermini, Minibox-e+, Pico, iBasso D2, iBasso P2, and pretty much all of the RSA stuff can readily be recommended. I'd also suggest in getting a line-out dock from our fellow member SoloZ, LODs bypass the internal headphone amplifier in the iPod so you only amp sound once and have better SQ.

I personally went with the Minibox-e+ after reading various impressions, and it is a solid competition for the $300 Pico.
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Mini^3, Xin Supermini, Minibox-e+, Pico, iBasso D2, iBasso P2, and pretty much all of the RSA stuff can readily be recommended. I'd also suggest in getting a line-out dock from our fellow member SoloZ, LODs bypass the internal headphone amplifier in the iPod so you only amp sound once and have better SQ.

I personally went with the Minibox-e+ after reading various impressions, and it is a solid competition for the $300 Pico.
I'm fairly sure the Pico is more like $500, and has a several-week long waiting list. It's regarded as one of the best available though.


Edit: OT, but trigger, would you mind tallying up all the audio stuff and the total cost you've bought in the last week or so? Purely for curiosity's sake. It's gotta be a lot.
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I'm fairly sure the Pico is more like $500, and has a several-week long waiting list. It's regarded as one of the best available though.
The Pico with the amp/DAC combo is $500, for only the amp is $300. And yes, it is one of the best regarded portable amps, a lot of people use them as desktop amps as well.
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Thanks for the recommendations. Looks like I got some research to do!
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Welcome to the wonderful and terrible world of audio. =D
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i'm planning to build a mini^3 soon

but i currently use a PINT...
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For the SE530's, they're very sensitive, and require little amping to sound good (assuming you like their signature sound).

Go with a quality model such as a RSA Tomahawk or Headsix [warmer sound] that are pretty quite [no hissing because of the shures sensitivity] for IEM's.

Edit: you can find tomahawks for 250$ used or less. they're they best next to the predator [DAC/AMP 500$] for IEM's, IMO. you really want an amp that will not ruin the shures sensitivity
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For the SE530's, they're very sensitive, and require little amping to sound good (assuming you like their signature sound).

Go with a quality model such as a RSA Tomahawk or Headsix [warmer sound] that are pretty quite [no hissing because of the shures sensitivity] for IEM's.

Edit: you can find tomahawks for 250$ used or less. they're they best next to the predator [DAC/AMP 500$] for IEM's, IMO. you really want an amp that will not ruin the shures sensitivity
Since the SE530 are such bass monsters, would it be better to have colder amps that tighten up the bass a little? Though I'm not sure which portable amps are like that.
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