Reader Input Wanted: Favorite Portable Headphone Amps?

Chris Martens -- Wed, 04/11/2012 - 12:25

We'd like to hear from Playback and AVguide readers on two related topics:

  1. What are the best portable headphone amps you've heard thus far and what specifically did you like about them?
  2. What are some portable headphone amps you would like to see Playback review in the future (or that you feel Playback readers might want to know about before making purchase decisions)?

We look forward to your responses. We are, as they say, "all ears..."

bitlisz -- Thu, 04/12/2012 - 15:36

1. Headstage Arrow 12HE 3G (which I have now)
Analytic sound, sound signature not so bright. Size, functionality, design.
2. Headstage Arrow 12HE 4G :)
Just Audio µHA-120
JDSLabs C421

Fostex HP-P1
(Cypher Labs AlgoRhythm Solo)
ALO audio "The Continental" v2 -- Fri, 04/27/2012 - 19:05

Like the Headroom Desktop Portable DAC Amp. Long battery life. Very portable. Clear, detailed sound. I would like to see you review this amp. -- Sat, 04/28/2012 - 04:14

Todd The Vinyl Junkie  Portable Headphone Amplifier/ USB DAC 

GRIZZLEDGEEZER@... -- Sat, 04/28/2012 - 13:19

Hands-down, STAX's electrostatic earphones cum amplifier. Terrific sound, and it's tiny. You get about a day's use on one pair of AA cells. 2500mAh NiMH cells give about the same running time, and quickly pay for themselves. Only problem... the earphone cables are limp and fiddly.

DaneC -- Fri, 04/26/2013 - 05:30

I would have to agree that Headstage Arrow 12HE 3G is the best amp in its price and the size is very attractive.It is an amplifier that can shape your sound depending on your phones. It is indeed an excellent product.

crystalcd -- Fri, 08/30/2013 - 06:34

It all depends upon your budget I have the Arrow 12HE 3G it is having amazing quality!..If you want a better quality you may have to shell out more money on the sameHope that helps to youCrystal from Orlando  

daimonding -- Wed, 09/11/2013 - 21:56

It all depends upon your budget, ask yourself what you like AKG or dre beats headphones, but i like AKG.

TD160 -- Sun, 02/02/2014 - 04:39

Fiio - Mont Blanc (with 16dB gain on)

daimonding -- Thu, 02/20/2014 - 01:19

As far as I know AKG attention to the music quality, while beats by dre headphones pay attention to appearance, but the price is very expensive, I think AKG is quite good.

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