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I‘m new to the audiophile world. This is my first HQ headphone purchase. I only listen to music on an iPhone and I feel like the sound is underpowered and needs an amplifier. I’m not even sure what that means. I need a dongle to convert from 3.5 to lightening. Any recommendations for what I should purchase that will help get the best sound when connecting to an iPhone?
FiiO i1 is what seems to be the best at being an amp as well as connecting to lightening. Any thoughts?
um.... thats because you need a amp lol they are 300 ohms.
Excuse my ignorance, I there a small amp that I can connect to an iPhone?
Seems from the reviews I’ve read that the Dragonfly red is the way to go. some reviewers felt it was only good enough for headphones up to 250 ohms. Specs say good till 300. Should I be concerned?
I'm using the dragonfly red connected to my android phone and it sounds great, there isn't a lot of better portable options when it comes to dacs around that price point imo. The main problem with it is that since the dragonfly red doesn't have an inbuilt battery it will probably drain your phone battery pretty quickly. The Oppo Ha 2 is a better DAC/Amp with an inbuilt battery but costs about $100 more
If you don't need something as small as the dragonfly, I highly recommend the iFi nano iDSD Black Label amp/dac. It's small enough for portable (on-the-go) listening, but not truly ideal.
I use it at home (or at the office) when I want to listen through my phone but don't want to plug an amp/dac into AC power or rely on my phone battery for power (the nano has a rechargeable battery BUT can also run off power from your phone/computer if desired).
You'll need a similar adapter to the dragonfly, I believe (I run off Android and needed the female USB -> micro USB OTG cable). Easily purchased on Amazon for a few bucks.
I run this with my 6xx's and HiFiMan 4xx's - drives them both beautifully and is a noticable improvement over a simple FiiO amp (no dac) that I had been using. Needless to say, it's night and day when compared to just my phone or PC.
Cost on the nano is ~$200.
More info: https://headfonics.com/2018/02/ifi-nano-idsd-black-label-review/2/
I’d consider a Radsone EarStudio ES100 (Bluetooth DAC/amp) and a balanced 2.5 mm TRRS cable. The ES100 will put out 3.2V in balanced dual-amp mode, supports AAC, and has a built-in EQ.