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Alright this one is for all you audio guys out there!

I just upgraded my onboard sound to a Creative Live! 5.1 card. I know, I know...not a GREAT card. But I've noticed 100x better sound from the switch so far.

Now my question:
Are there any REALLY CHEAP headphone amps that would do my cheap set of cans justice? I mean they sound perfectly fine now...I just want them to have the ability to be amplified more if possible. They're just some Wal-Mart special headphones with a mic on them. But they sound pretty darn good for $17.96 though .

Now as you can tell...budget is obviously an issue for me. So the cheaper the option, the more appealing it is to me. Here's my full audio setup:

Creative Live! 5.1 card (with a modded chipset cooler...big woop)
Philips DFR-1600 5.1 Home Theater system (2.1 setup only though)
6.5" Durabrand (Wal-Mart brand) subwoofer ran off the 100w @ 8ohm Philips amp
Cyber Acoustics "gaming" headset w/ mic $17.96 @ Wal-Mart

Now obviously...its nothing FANCY like soloz runs (no offense soloz if you read this). But IMO it sounds REAL nice and clean now...speakers wise. I just need a little more power to my cans now, and I'd be happy!

So...are there any XTREME BUDGET options out there for a poor guy like myself (poor being emphasized***). I wish my Philips Home Theater system had a headphones out....that'd make this SOOO much easier. But it doesn't .

EDIT:
I forgot to mention one thing though. I don't want to LOSE sound quality with said headphones amp. I would only be interested if it will INCREASE my sound quality noticeably.
 
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post #2 of 13
Why would you want a headphone amp to drive $17 headphones? A headphone amp will do absolutely nothing to them.
No offense but some of the posts I've seen on this forum in the last 2 days have been absolutely ridiculous....
    
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post #3 of 13
My recommendation to you if you're looking for nicer headphone quality on the cheap would be to get new headphones. Sennheiser HD201s are quite nice and around $25 most places. You wouldn't be wasting your money with an amp, but you would get nowhere near the increase in quality you're expecting.
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build yourself a DIY amp

a Cmoy will do you, and its portable too: CMoy
or a MINT
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Originally Posted by H3||scr3am View Post
build yourself a DIY amp

a Cmoy will do you, and its portable too: CMoy
or a MINT
mm I've heard of Cmoy, but not MINT that thing looks easy as apple pie to make.
    
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post #6 of 13
if you are looking for just an amplifying effect for a very cheap price, try behringer HA400
it amplifies..... but will not make a great sound.

bit i'd stick with chip's recommendation if i were you.
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Alright to answer a few of the questions that have been brought up:

THIS IS NOT A STUPID QUESTION TO ME.

Okay, got that out of the way.

Now, I know that amplifying these headphones isn't exactly the BEST thing I can do. However I HAVE to have a headset with a microphone on it...and these fit the bill.

I'm a half-audiophile, in the sense that I like my sound to be clean and sound nice, but I just don't have the money to be a full out audiophile. I want to amplify $17 headphones because I want them to be a little bit cleaner, and I DEFINITELY want them to be louder for when I'm gaming. There's nothing at all wrong with that.

My fiance uses the EXACT same headphones running off her Sharp 300w bookshelf system. Hence another reason I want mine amplified. Hers REALLY DO in fact sound better and cleaner (and louder obviously). I want that effect, but without spending $375 on a Sharp Bookshelf system to match hers, lol. Especially since I've got a half decent home theater system hooked up to my own.

So in conclusion here:
If you don't have something nice to say, then please don't say it. I KNOW that amplifying $17 WalMart Special headphones isn't the best thing to do. However I'm poor and I cannot AFFORD the best thing to do. So I'm trying to make up for it however I can.

And I would LIKE a nice alternative that will keep my sound quality...just amplify it. I REALLY don't see anything stupid about that.

Thank you for reading, and thanks to those that have actually contributed to my cause . Much appreciated.
 
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get one of these,

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Headphone-Ampl...d=p3286.c0.m14

i have one and they are pretty damn good, i picked one up for 1p sterling, £5.99 p+p, so all in all about $12US it is tiny and portable so ok for your mp3 player too. Here is a head fi review...

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f5/fii...79/index2.html
    
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Holy hell you can get amps for headphones?

I learn something new every day! lol
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BonnJovi View Post
Holy hell you can get amps for headphones?

I learn something new every day! lol
Headphone Amps are not just their to Provide extra volume but to increase sound quality and help drive Higher Impedance headphones.
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