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I've been out of the loop for a while. Got into headphones before my firstborn arrived. I thought my days of blasting music through speakers in late night listening sessions was over. But my kids sleeps through loud music. I have a portable setup consisting of Kowon iAudio X5 DAP + Shure SE530. I used to use the Etymotics ER-4S with an el cheapo Headroom amp.

 

I'm looking to get the iBasso DX200 or Pioneer XDP-300 DAP. Probably stick with the existing IEMs. What portable amp would you recommend? Nothing fancy. Budget up to $500 new or used.

 

My in-house system consists of a pair of Magico Q5 speakers powered by Pass X350.5. Primarily listening to vinyl. Music-wise, I listen to a wide range from Jazz, Claasical, 80s alternative rock to Asian pop music.

 

Not looking for top of the line, $$$$ stuff. Just something to get me through those times when you're stuck at an airport due to delays and I just need to close my eyes and mentally go somewhere else. Thanks in advance.

 

 

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Sony NW-WM1Z + JH16 or go home -- nothing is going to sound as good as Magico+Pass system, I don't think.

I have the low budget equivalent, and listen daily for hours:  Sony Walkman, HeadAmp Pico Slim/Pico/Pico Power (alternating) + Etymotic entry level earbuds (below even the ER-4S -- yes, stick with those)/Sony MDR-Z7

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Thanks Dusty, really not looking to spend the $$$ on expensive gear for on the road. Not expecting it to perform the same as the Magicos, but just something that sound decent and will drive the ER-4S.

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I would buy a CMoy, but have it Gold plated. Everyone knows that pretty sounds better.

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4 hours ago, gundam91 said:

Thanks Dusty, really not looking to spend the $$$ on expensive gear for on the road. Not expecting it to perform the same as the Magicos, but just something that sound decent and will drive the ER-4S.

Well the second half was my more serious answer -- I seriously do love that Sony Walkman.  I also recently saw B&H Photo&Video put on sale one of the FiiO units (some of them have two slots! (cue sexual double entendres)), which I think are popular around these parts (hint:  try searching on 'fiio'), and I'd certainly feel comfortable with the Pioneer or the Onkyo devices.

I am also recommending you stick with the HeadAmp unit, as I don't think that is the weak link in your chain.  I think the only reason you may think it's an issue is because of what you're used to hearing.  By the way, mine is purple, so it doesn't contradict Steve's statement.

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The serious answer is read this post:
 

I understand that. That's why I did not ask "what is the best amp". I am merely asking for brands (of amps) that I should pay attention to when browsing through hundreds & hundreds of threads.


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This is in massdrop, I am almost positive I've seen it before there.
Seems too good to be true, jack of all trades: xduoo-xd-05-dac


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