Originally Posted by BiG O
Hmmm, can we just assume, lower end of the budget spectrum? I don't want to throw out a limit, and get something terrible. Just recommend bang for the buck, without me spending something outrageous. I mean, when you say pricey..what are we looking at?
It's common for headphone addicts to drop anywhere from $500 to a couple of thousand on one amp. For budget:
- PIMETA. DIY desktop amp that has great quality for under $200. You'll either need to order the parts and put it together yourself (including soldering, etc.) or have a builder, such as Soloz, make one for you.
- Little Dot MKII. Great budget tube amp in the sub-$200 range. The Little Dot series is very well-known for keeping solid value in all of their amps.
- Darkvoice 336i. Another very solid tube amp under $300. Not quite as warm as many other brands, but some find this very appealing for darker headphones (or perhaps if they simply want a nice sound almost in between tubes and solid-state).
There are quite a few more options, but this should get you started. I almost forgot, solid-state amps use an opamp, while tube amps use *you guessed it* tubes. Solid-state can be more revealing/analytical, making you very aware of the most minute differences in the instrumentation. This can be great for jazz/classical. Tubes are very warm and engaging, adding what some believe to be the "life" of the music to the sound signature.