How do I choose a headphone amp?
For several reasons, the best way to find a pairing based on impedance is to pair a headphone with at least ten times the Ω value of the amplifier being used. For example, a 300ohm headphone would pair well with a 30ohm Amplifier.
How much does a good headphone amp cost?
Best Value Battery-Powered Amp: iFi Audio hip-dac2 Portable USB DAC/Headphone Amp ($189) Best Value Standalone (Analog) Amp: IFi ZEN CAN Desktop Headphone Amp ($199) Best Value Balanced Portable: SHANLING UA2 Portable USB DAC Headphone Amp ($85) Best Value Ultra-Portable: Hidizs S3 PRO Ultra Portable Hi-Res DAC ($69)
Do different headphone amps sound different?
Member. No it doesn’t. If you don’t hear noise, static, or electronic squealing in the background and it plays as loud as you want it to you will not likely hear a difference with an external amp.