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Old 27th July 2012, 08:42 PM   #1
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I think i should get an amplifier for my new headphones, and since i have worked quite a bit with electronics im considering building it myself. However, i want to know that i choose a design that outperforms a finished product in the same price range.

Which of the following options is the most cost-effective way to get a good quality amplifier:

1) Buy a Fiio E5 for 16,-
2) Buy a kit. f.eks this one: E3 headphone amplifier kit+UPC1237 Protection WLX-4 | eBay
3) Find a schematic and build the amp from scratch.

I'll really appreciate thoughts and suggestions.
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Old 27th July 2012, 10:46 PM   #2
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My opinion:
1) you won't learn anything or be able to say "I built that!" but it won't take long before you are listening to your music.
2) You will learn how to build a kit and be able say "I built that!"
3) You will learn how to design ( or adapt a design) and how it works and be able to say "I built that !"

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Old 29th July 2012, 09:29 AM   #3
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I guess your right. But i dont have the time or money to experiment unfortunatly, so it would have to be a tested and complete design.

Anyone knows if the ebay-kits are any good? I would prefer to build it myself, but not if it leads to inferior quality compared to a similar priced finished product.
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Old 29th July 2012, 10:19 AM   #4
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Old 29th July 2012, 10:45 AM   #5
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Thanks for the tip, it looks great! But for now its a little out of my price range. I just need something that drives the headphones better then my xonar d1. My budget for now is around 20.
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Old 29th July 2012, 10:53 AM   #6
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I don't think you'll find anything better than the D1 for 20. My advice is that you wait a little and increase your budget so you can afford an O2 amp. If you build it yourself it shouldn't cost more than maybe 60-70 I think.
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Old 29th July 2012, 12:17 PM   #7
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Thats probably the best thing to do. It might even be an advantage to listen to the headphones powered directly from the D1 for a while. Then i can look forward to another upgrade, and really enjoy the performance of a good amplifier.

I'll save up and buy something like this then:
Objective2 (O2) Custom headphone - KIT - Build your own! | eBay
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Old 6th August 2012, 11:52 PM   #8
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I have now spent some time listening to the ath-m50, and i find the sound excellent, but i miss something in the bass-area. There's just too little punch.

I have read that the O2 has a bit thin sound character as well, so i need an alternative that will suit the ath-m50's better. Cmoy maybe? Or some other ebay-kit.
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Old 28th September 2012, 03:32 AM   #9
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I am saving to buy the ath-m50's. I built the O2 so I will be using it to power the m50's. I also have 2 Jds labs cmoy's. One is specifically configured for low impedence (Grado's) and the other is standard. I realize this thread is almost 2 months old, but give the DIY version of the Jds labs cmoy a shot. Outstanding for the price. Good luck.
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