Would I get any benifit from an iphone 4s headphone amp?

Discussion in 'Headphone Amplifiers' started by Frank11, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. Frank11

    Frank11 Casual Listener

    Jul 2, 2012
    I have an iPhone 4S and am wondering if I would notice an improvement in audio quality from using a headphone amp? And if so what can you recommend.
  2. dalethorn

    dalethorn Obsessive Auditor

    Jul 3, 2011
    Charleston South Carolina
    If you want to carry the amp around, or even use it as I do sometimes while listening in bed, then a FiiO E17 could be very handy. With that the size is the same as the iPhone and you can use a LOD cable to connect the iphone's dock to the E17's AUX input and go from there. You bypass the iphone's volume and some of the electronics that way, and since the amplification is better with the E17, you get cleaner sound with better dynamics.

    But if you're looking for something bigger and better, have a look here:
    Headphone Amplifiers & DACs - Headphone Amps
  3. RobinHiFi

    RobinHiFi Super Moderator

    Apr 28, 2010
    Portable headphone amps are designed to give you a perfect output for your headphones - most portable devices are a little compromised in top volume to give more battery life. With an iPod - as Dale Thorn said - there is an advantage to using an LOD cable with an amp which definitely gives better sound than right out of the 3.5mm jack.

    This little fella is very impressive too

    FiiO E11 Headphone Amplifier in Black (E-11)

    here is the cable that Dale Mentioned -

    FiiO L1 Line Out Dock Connector Cable for iPod, iPhone & iPad

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