Picture this: You just bought the perfect pair of headphones and you’re ready to plug them in your computer. But when you do you notice that they sound somewhat flat and quiet also the sound quality is not what you expected.
Well my friend, this is what headphone amplifiers are made for. You see, when you play music from your PC or smartphone, it goes through a Digital-Analog Converter or DAC and an amplifier. The DAC converts the audio signal from digital to analog, and the amplifier is what sends it to your headphones.
The thing is, most devices don’t have very good DACs or amps built in. This is where an external DAC/amp combo comes in.
Below you’ll find in-depth reviews for the top headphone amplifiers available on the market right now.
Best Headphone Amplifiers
1. FiiO E09K High Output Desktop Headphone Amplifier
The FiiO E09K desktop headphone amp provides you with high quality audio performance by maintaining low noise and distortion levels. The amp’s high power output allows it to drive even the most demanding headphones, up to 600 Ohms impedance, while at the same time reproducing audio with exceptional dynamics and clarity.
The E09K amp can also be used as a docking device for the FiiO DAC E07K or E17. When combined, the E09K and the E17 become seamless high fidelity audio interface for any computer, bypassing noisy internal sound cards.
FiiO E09K Desktop Headphone Amp Video Review
2. Rolls HA43 Pro Headphone Amplifier Mixer
The Rolls HA43 PRO amp is ideal for improving PC’s audio quality and volume, increasing the bass quality making it more deep, clean, and sharp.
The amp features 2 imput types allowing you to use a standard RCA connector or a 1/4-inch stereo TR jack. The amp supports 4 sets of headphones, each with it’s own volume control slider.
The Rolls HA43 Pro can also be used for connecting multiple headphone sets with your TV. The bottom line is that this amp is capable of enhancing the sound quality of virtually any type of audio recording.
Rolls HA43 Pro Headphone Amp Video Review
3. FiiO E11 Portable Headphone Amplifier
The FiiO E11 is a high quality performance battery powered, portable headphone amp that offers excellent audio processing and amplification.
Used for improving and enhancing the headphone driving capability of music players or mobile phones, the E11 is one of the best available headphone amps under $100.
The amp runs on a Lithium Ion USB rechargeable battery which gives you more than 10 hours of play time. Another cool feature is the equalizer with 2 levels of bass boost and the sealed ALPS analog volume control which ensures low noise and excellent channel balance.
FiiO E11 Portable Headphone Amplifier Video Review
4. FIIO E17 Alpen USB DAC Headphone Amplifier
The FiiO E17 Alpen DAC headphone amp features high quality audio enhancement capabilities, offering smoother, clearer sound with stronger, heavier bass response, a more clear treble and smooth, sweet mids and vocals.
The amp comes with a standard mini USB interface which allows you to connect it to your PC making digital audio transfer possible and battery charge possible.
The FiiO E17 is capable of driving headphones of up to 300 Ohms. The amp has a nice metal finish with a strong build and features a bright screen with controls for gain, timer and excellent bass/treble adjustments.
The E17 can also be docked with the E09K desktop amplifier, which increases the sound processing and amplification capabilities even more.
FiiO E17 Alpen USB DAC Headphone Amp Video Review
5. Fiio E07K Andes USB DAC and Portable Headphone Amplifier
The Andes E07K USB DAC portable amp from FiiO features a USB input for digital audio signal and a 3.5mm input for analog audio sources. The amplifier incorporates independent bass and treble adjustments aswell as 3 levels of gain which offer even more control over the output.
The E07K is a battery powered amplifier with up to 24 hours of playback from a single charge.
The bottom line is this: the E07K Andes amp provides you with a great improvement in sound when listening through a PC or a mobile device, with more depth and clarity overall.
Fiio E07K Andes USB DAC and Portable Headphone Amplifier Video Review
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