Top 10 Portable Headphone Amps
for August 2022

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iFi Hip-dac Portable DAC Headphone Amp Balanced for Android/iPhone

iFi Hip-dac Portable DAC Headphone Amp Balanced for Android/iPhone

by Abbingdon Music Research
What We like

PORTABLE DESIGN - Your music will never stop with up to 6 hrs of battery life and a slim, lightweight design perfect for carrying in your pocket wherever life takes you

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Product Features

  • EASY CONNECTIVITY Connects directly to your smartphone with the USB Input, and works with balanced 4.4mm or S-Bal 3.5mm headphone plugs for ultimate convenience and versatility
  • POWERFUL AMPLIFIER - Suited to your style, listen to in ear monitors or drive over the ear headphones with 400 mW max power output from the on-board amplifier
  • HIGH RESOLUTION AUDIO - From Spotify to Tidal MQA to MP3 and beyond, play any high res audio format with native digital to analog conversion so you can listen to any song the way the original recording was intended
  • HIGH TECH Power Match and XBass offer adjustable analog enhancements to customize your listening experience without compromising the digital conversion

High tech power match and xbass offer adjustable analog enhancements to customize your listening experience without compromising the digital conversion Powerful amplifier - suited to your style, listen to in ear monitors or drive over the ear headphones with 400 mw max power output from the on-board amplifier High resolution audio - from spotify to tidal mqa to mp3 and beyond, play any high res audio format with native digital to analog conversion so you can listen to any song the way the original recording was intended Easy connectivity connects directly to your smartphone with the usb input, and works with balanced 4.4mm or s-bal 3.5mm headphone plugs for ultimate convenience and versatility

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FiiO Q1 Mark II Portable Headphone Amplifier & DAC for iPhone, iPod, iPad, Walkman, Computers Bundle with Blucoil USB Wall Adapter, and 3-FT USB 2.0 Type-A Extension Cable

FiiO Q1 Mark II Portable Headphone Amplifier & DAC for iPhone

iPod, iPad, Walkman, Computers Bundle with Blucoil USB Wall Adapter, and 3-FT USB 2.0 Type-A Extension Cable

by FiiO
What We like

INCLUDES - FiiO Q1 Mark II Portable Headphone Amplifier & DAC; Lightning-to-Micro & Micro-USB Cables; 3.5mm Audio Cable; 4 Silicone Bands; Silicone Pad; Soft Pouch. Blucoil USB Wall Adapter 5V 1000mA (Model No. KA25-0501000US). Blucoil 3-Foot USB 2.0 Male to Female Extension Cable.

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Product Features

  • COMPATIBILITY - The Q1 Mark II DAC is compatible with iOS devices (iPhone, iPod, iPad), Walkman (WM Adapter sold separately), and Mac/Windows computers. *NOTE: Download the special driver for Windows at FiiO.
  • SUPPORTS NATIVE DSD DECODING - The portable headphone amp is equipped with the XMOS platform to support 384kHz/32bit PCM and DSD256.
  • ENHANCES VOLUME ADJUSTMENT ACCURACY - The builtin ADC volume adjustment mechanism accurately reconstructs the ADC curve to solve volume imbalance between the left and right channels.
  • DECODES HIGH SAMPLING RATE FORMATS - The FiiO Q1 Mark II employs AKM AK4452 DAC chipset to decode up to 96kHz sample rate and deliver high signal-to-noise ratio with low distortion.

Supports native dsd decoding - the portable headphone amp is equipped with the xmos platform to support 384khz/32bit pcm and dsd256. Compatibility - the q1 mark ii dac is compatible with ios devices (iphone, ipod, ipad), walkman (wm adapter sold separately), and mac/windows computers. *note: download the special driver for windows at FiiO. Enhances volume adjustment accuracy - the builtin adc volume adjustment mechanism accurately reconstructs the adc curve to solve volume imbalance between the left and right channels. Decodes high sampling rate formats - the FiiO q1 mark ii employs akm ak4452 dac chipset to decode up to 96khz sample rate and deliver high signal-to-noise ratio with low distortion.

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Little Bear B4-X Portable Dual-Mono Vacuum Tube Headphone Amplifier; Mini Balanced Audio Headphone Amp B4 Upgrade Version

Little Bear B4-X Portable Dual-Mono Vacuum Tube Headphone Amplifier; Mini Balanced Audio Headphone Amp B4 Upgrade Version

by Douk Audio
What We like

High-end making material and craft: using gold-plated socket, original nichicon electrolytic capacitor, original DALE resistors and precision ring resistance. Prompt and courteous customer service.

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Product Features

  • The difference between B4 and B4-X: B4-X is a dual-mono balanced version. Its left and right channel are amplified by independent components, and power supply, tubes, and op amp are all independent and symmetric. So the degree of sound separation is higher than B4.
  • B4-X adopts 2 groups of independent power supply(+12V and -12V) for 2 op amps, less mutual effects and can drive 300 headphones. The circuit adopts dual op amp parallel output, with higher output power. B4-X has 3.5mm and 2.5mm 2 kinds of output interface, suitable for most of balanced and standard headphones.
  • Mini size and unique design: built-in tube makes you have a tube amplifier which can be held by one hand, convenient to carry and can enjoy HiFi music everywhere. Full, delicate and soft sound: warmer than transistors, independent op amp and power supply inhance the SNR and degree of separation, less interplay and higher sound quality.
  • With built-in battery protection circuit: battery lets your listening feast without time limitation. It can't be turned on during charging and will power off automatically after fully charged, and charger LED will turn to green.

b4-x adopts 2 groups of independent power supply(+12v and -12v) for 2 op amps, less mutual effects and can drive 300 headphones. the circuit adopts dual op amp parallel output, with higher output power. b4-x has 3.5mm and 2.5mm 2 kinds of output interface, suitable for most of balanced and standard headphones. Mini size and unique design: built-in tube makes you have a tube amplifier which can be held by one hand, convenient to carry and can enjoy hifi music everywhere. full, delicate and soft sound: warmer than transistors, independent op amp and power supply inhance the snr and degree of separation, less interplay and higher sound quality. With built-in battery protection circuit: battery lets your listening feast without time limitation. it can't be turned on during charging and will power off automatically after fully charged, and charger led will turn to green. The difference between b4 and b4-x: b4-x is a dual-mono balanced version. its left and right channel are amplified by independent components, and power supply, tubes, and op amp are all independent and symmetric. so the degree of sound separation is higher than b4.

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EarStudio ES100 MK2-24bit Portable High-Resolution Bluetooth Receiver/USB DAC/Headphone Amp with LDAC, aptX HD, aptX, AAC (3.5mm Unbalanced & 2.5mm Balanced Output)

EarStudio ES100 MK2-24bit Portable High-Resolution Bluetooth Receiver/USB DAC/Headphone Amp with LDAC

aptX HD, aptX, AAC (3.5mm Unbalanced & 2.5mm Balanced Output)

by RADSONE
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Sabaj Audio PHA2 Portable Headphone Amplifier Black Color

Sabaj Audio PHA2 Portable Headphone Amplifier Black Color

by SHENZHEN DAHAO Technology Co., ltd
What We like

RCA analog signal input for amplifier or active speaker connection

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Product Features

  • Audiophile-Quality sound with good CNC aluminium cabinet
  • WIMA&SIEMENS capacitor used,Using TPA6120A2 headphone amplifier chips from TI
  • Build-in sabaj-patented boosting power module which increase input power from 5V to +-15V.
  • 5V power input by Micro USB or power adaptor

Audiophile-quality sound with good cnc aluminium cabinet Wima&siemens capacitor used,using tpa6120a2 headphone amplifier chips from ti Build-in sabaj-patented boosting power module which increase input power from 5v to +-15v. 5v power input by micro usb or power adaptor

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Ikko Zerda ITM03 Portable Headphone Amplifier 3.5mm Audio Type-c DAC Cable Adapter, Flagship DAC chip CS43198,Support Fiber Optic Digital Output,Full System Compatibility (Lightning)

Ikko Zerda ITM03 Portable Headphone Amplifier 3.5mm Audio Type-c DAC Cable Adapter

Flagship DAC chip CS43198, Support Fiber Optic Digital Output, Full System Compatibility (Lightning)

by ikko Audio
What We like

Easy to use: Built-in adaptive drive, no need to manually install the driver, the connection can be used directly, with 16-600 Impedance adaptive, 3.5mm Audio & 3.5mm fiber optic signal output two-in-one interface design, easy to adapt to smartphone to professional audio equipment.

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Product Features

  • High quality performance: Cirrus Logic CS43198 flagship DAC chip, low power and high performance, support up to 32 bits / 384KHz (optical digital output bit rate is 32 bits / 192KHz) and up to 128x native DSD PCM decoding capabilities. THD+N is well below 0.0015%, providing unparalleled high-fidelity sound quality, restoring the truest and cleanest sound quality and enjoying the true sound quality
  • Full system compatibility: (Type-c) compatible with Android/Windows/MacOSX System Smartphone Laptop, (Lightning) Compatible with iphone/ipad/ipod (Please select the Type-C version for the macbook)
  • Parameter details:DAC:Cirrus Logic CS43198,Fiber Optic Output:32Bit/192kHzDSD:128, THD+N0.0015%FR20Hz-40kHzImpedance Adaptive:16-600
  • High quality build: Full Shielded design, highly sophisticated production process, Monster OCC Silver-Plated silicone fully wrapped cable, aluminum alloy sandblasted oxidized shell,Weighs only 12 grams

High quality build: full shielded design, highly sophisticated production process, monster occ silver-plated silicone fully wrapped cable, aluminum alloy sandblasted oxidized shell,weighs only 12 grams High quality performance: cirrus logic cs43198 flagship dac chip, low power and high performance, support up to 32 bits / 384khz (optical digital output bit rate is 32 bits / 192khz) and up to 128x native dsd pcm decoding capabilities. thd+n is well below 0.0015%, providing unparalleled high-fidelity sound quality, restoring the truest and cleanest sound quality and enjoying the true sound quality Parameter details:dac:cirrus logic cs43198,fiber optic output:32bit/192khzdsd:128, thd+n0.0015%fr20hz-40khzimpedance adaptive:16-600 Full system compatibility: (type-c) compatible with android/windows/macosx system smartphone laptop, (lightning) compatible with iphone/ipad/ipod (please select the type-c version for the macbook)

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Topping 4330354362 NX1s Digital HiFi Portable Headphone Amplifier (Black)

AIMPIRE Topping 4330354362 NX1s Digital HiFi Portable Headphone Amplifier (Black)

by Topping
What We like

TOCOS potentiometer;

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Product Features

  • Micro USB charge port;
  • Intelligent charging with battery indicator
  • 40 hours long play back time;
  • Full aluminum case;

Micro usb charge port; 40 hours long play back time; Intelligent charging with battery indicator Full aluminum case;

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M-Audio Bass Traveler | Ultra-Portable Battery Powered Dual-Output Headphone Amplifier With 2-Level Boost

M-Audio Bass Traveler

Ultra-Portable Battery Powered Dual-Output Headphone Amplifier With 2-Level Boost

by inMusic Brands Inc.
What We like

Universal connection to virtually all audio equipment with a 1/8-inch output connector courtesy of (1) 1/8-inch (3.5mm) stereo input jack

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Product Features

  • Bright LED indicator for power on, battery charge and low battery warnings.
  • Long-lasting (approx. 8 hours) rechargeable Lithium polymer battery for long journeys, multimedia work or portable recording scenarios; universal Micro USB port for battery charging
  • Ultra-portable headphone amplifier with two 1/8-inch headphone jacks conveniently transforms audio components with one headphone output into a two output audio source

Ultra-portable headphone amplifier with two 1/8-inch headphone jacks conveniently transforms audio components with one headphone output into a two output audio source Bright led indicator for power on, battery charge and low battery warnings. Long-lasting (approx. 8 hours) rechargeable lithium polymer battery for long journeys, multimedia work or portable recording scenarios; universal micro usb port for battery charging

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Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS Portable USB Digital to Analog Converter DAC Headphone Amp - Gold

Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS Portable USB Digital to Analog Converter DAC Headphone Amp

Gold

by Cambridge Audio
What We like

SIMPLE CONTROLS The DacMagic XS volume is easily adjusted on the simple fingertip controls and an LED shows the sample rate, so you always know youre getting the right level of clarity and detail from your tracks.

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Product Features

  • UPGRADE YOUR SOUND - Cambridge Audios DacMagic XS changes the way you hear sound from your laptop or PC. Simply connect to any USB port and hear your favorite music and movies with every drop of detail, exactly as the artist intended
  • ASYNCHRONOUS USB CLOCKING Cambridge has built the Dacmagic XS to bypass your computers poor audio path to prevent unwanted interference so you can have incredible, detailed high-resolution audio.
  • HUGE POWER, TINY DEVICE The DacMagic XS delivers up to 10 times more power than most laptop soundcards, despite only weighing 3.5 ounces and being the size of a matchbox, allowing you to hear detailed sound and amazing bass.
  • TECH SPECS CONNECTIONS Micro USB input, 3.5mm analogue output, DIGITAL TO ANALOGUE CONVERTER ESS9023 24-bit DAC, OUTPUT VOLTAGE 2V RMS, MAX. POWER CONSUMPTION 150mW, MIN. HEADPHONE IMPEDANCE 12 Ohms, DIMENSIONS 2.1" x 0.4" x 1.2" WEIGHT 3.5oz

huge power, tiny device the dacmagic xs delivers up to 10 times more power than most laptop soundcards, despite only weighing 3.5 ounces and being the size of a matchbox, allowing you to hear detailed sound and amazing bass. tech specs connections micro usb input, 3.5mm analogue output, digital to analogue converter ess9023 24-bit dac, output voltage 2v rms, max. power consumption 150mw, min. headphone impedance 12 ohms, dimensions 2.1" x 0.4" x 1.2" weight 3.5oz upgrade your sound - Cambridge Audios dacmagic xs changes the way you hear sound from your laptop or pc. simply connect to any usb port and hear your favorite music and movies with every drop of detail, exactly as the artist intended asynchronous usb clocking cambridge has built the dacmagic xs to bypass your computers poor audio path to prevent unwanted interference so you can have incredible, detailed high-resolution audio.

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Proster Headphone Amplifier with 500mW Power Support 16-500Ω Portable Amp Rechargeble 3.5mm HiFi Audio Amp Earphone Amplifier USB for iPhones iPod MP3 MP4 Digital Player Computer

Proster Headphone Amplifier with 500mW Power Support 16-500Ω Portable Amp Rechargeble 3.5mm HiFi Audio Amp Earphone Amplifier USB for iPhones iPod MP3 MP4 Digital Player Computer

by Proster Trading Limited
What We like

Aluminum Matte SurfaceDurable aluminum matte helps to shield/reduce signal interference and enhance heat resistance, meanwhile provide you a comfortable handheld feeling.

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Product Features

  • Compact & PortableWith 1.1m USB charging cable, the HiFi Amp is compatible with headphone Shure SE215 Sennheiser IE80 Sennheiser HD650 Sony XBA-A3 Beyerdynamic DT990.(Output Power: 25mW in Impedance 500, 500mW in Impedance 16)
  • HiFi Headphone AmplifierSupports most headphones of high impedance 16-500, signal-to-noise ratio> 100Db, THD + N = 0.0003%, fully filter noise, output remarkable sound without distortion.
  • Gain Switch & Power IndicatorA gain switch for matching output to headphone power needs; Charging Indicator for power status checking; Adjust headphone output via volume control knob as your will.
  • 2400mAH Rechargeable BatteryRechargeable lithium battery with 2400mAH capacity can achieve over 16 hours continuously working time. Professional chip design and expertly selected components, utilizing OPA2140 preamp section.

Compact & portablewith 1.1m usb charging cable, the hifi amp is compatible with headphone shure se215 sennheiser ie80 sennheiser hd650 sony xba-a3 beyerdynamic dt990.(output power: 25mw in impedance 500, 500mw in impedance 16) Hifi headphone amplifiersupports most headphones of high impedance 16-500, signal-to-noise ratio> 100db, thd + n = 0.0003%, fully filter noise, output remarkable sound without distortion. 2400mah rechargeable batteryrechargeable lithium battery with 2400mah capacity can achieve over 16 hours continuously working time. professional chip design and expertly selected components, utilizing opa2140 preamp section. Gain switch & power indicatora gain switch for matching output to headphone power needs; charging indicator for power status checking; adjust headphone output via volume control knob as your will.

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