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Before we go over the best headphone amp for the money, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..
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What I will bring you in this article
- For the money
- The 1/8th rule
- Final Word
Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!!
Searching for a good headphone amp can be a daunting task. There’s a ridiculous amount of choices, but luckily for you I know about the ones that you absolutely should consider. How to choose a headphone amp!
I’m not going to mention only one, but I’m also not going to give you a laundry list either. I will instead go over the few that are really worth it.
The best for the money
- Schiit Magni. A great amp that works wonderfully well on pretty much anything. With an output impedance of 0.1, you won’t have to worry if your headphones are compatible. What is headphone impedance?
- JDS Labs 02. Designed and built by NwAvGuy (Northwest Audio Visual Guy), this baby has been praised the world over. Has an output impedance of 0.54 ohms.
- FiiO E10K. One of the best portable Amp/DAC combos. With an output impedance of less than 1.04, it will also power most headphones. I would steer clear of trying to use it with 600 Ohm headphones, as well as power hungry planar magnetic headphones with their weird drivers. 😛 What is a headphone driver?
The 1/8th Rule
In order to figure out if a headphone amp will sound good with your headphones, use the 1/8th rule:
- Find out the impedance of your headphones.
- Divide that number by 8.
So the output impedance of your amp/DAC should not be greater than this number.
The AKG K240 Studio headphones have an impedance of 55 Ohms.
55/8 = 6.875
So any amp with an output impedance below 6.875 will suffice to drive the AKG K240’s.
Keep the 1/8th rule in mind and you won’t have any problems!!
Out of these 3, I would go with the Schiit Magni first. You will need to pair it with the Modi DAC for optimal results. It’s just an amazing solution for any headphone, and highly recommended.
Your chain would go:
Computer/laptop —> DAC —> Amp —> Headphone.
Well that’s about it for today my friend! I hope you’ve enjoyed this article on the best headphone amp for the money.
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Which of these are you more likely to go with? I would love to hear from you. Until next time..
All the best and God bless,