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Why a Headphone Amp is Important

A Headphone Amp is something that everyone who listens to music through headphones uses, but is generally misunderstood by most, except for serious audiophiles. To break it down, speakers need an amplifier of some sort to power the speakers that produce the sound that we hear. Since headphones are fundamentally small speakers, for any set of headphones to work there must be a headphone amp. The primary reason that most people aren’t aware of this is that every device designed to be compatible with headphones has a headphone amp already built into it. This means that basically every smartphone, tablet, portable media player and computer has a headphone amp inside of it. For those who constantly strive for the highest quality sound for an enjoyable listening experience, the built-in headphone amp just doesn’t cut it. The onboard headphone amp that is built-in may be good enough enough to produce tones and sounds, but does not typically have the ability create very high quality audio output. One of the main reasons for this is simply that manufacturers do not want to spend the extra money that it would take to utilize a higher quality headphone amp. Another factor in why manufacturers choose not install a high quality headphone amp is that the current trend towards devices getting thinner and lighter means that space inside these devices is very limited. Since higher quality headphone amps would take up more space and need more power to operate properly, the manufacturers seldom use them. These factors result in the use of small, inexpensive headphone amps with limited power output capabilities. For higher quality audio output, an external headphone amp is essential. Having a dedicated headphone amp with space for better circuitry and beefier power supplies allows the listener to get the best listening experience out of a wider range of headphone options. The higher quality design and power output offered with an external headphone amp results in improved clarity, better bass and a more controlled sound that is further enhanced by a drastic reduction in the amount of distortion that occurs when headphones are underpowered. For these reasons, an external headphone amp is most definitely needed to get the intended quality out of any decent set of headphones.Since the main reasoning behind the purchase of an external headphone amp is producing higher sound quality, doing a bit of research to find the right headphone amp is recommended to help make an informed decision. Our experienced sales consultants and system designers at Ciamara make it easy to make these types of decisions. We understand people have different tastes and are available to provide you with a number of different options that are tailored towards your listening preferences, so feel free to reach out to us to answer any of your questions.

One headphone amp that does just about everything well and offers some unique features, is the Ayre Codex. The Codex Headphone Amplifier/DAC/Digital Preamp is the newest offering from Boulder, Colorado manufacturer Ayre Acoustics. It is their most entry-level product, but is anything but entry-level. The Codex is equally efficient as a stand-alone DAC, DAC/Preamp combo, or DAC/Headphone amp. Being loaded up with Ayre’s latest technology allows the Codex to function as a desktop headphone system just as well as a high performance home audio setup. A fully balanced signal path throughout the analog circuitry provides a perfectly clean and quiet channel, allowing your favorite music to sound better than ever and the zero feedback design maintains the true sound of any track being played in a way that rivals a live performance. This DAC is perfect for those who love their music and enjoy listening to it in different environments without sacrificing any qualityFor those who strive towards the optimal listening experience through headphones, a stand-alone headphone amp is the only way to achieve the desired high level of audio quality. All that’s left is to sit back, relax, and enjoy your favorite album exactly the way it was intended to sound.
 
Finding the right components to fit your system and situation can be confusing and even somewhat daunting- we get that. This is precisely why there is always an expert at Ciamara.com ready to answer any and all questions you may have. 

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  1. Bryston BHA-1 Balanced Headphone Amplifier in Black (open box)

    Bryston BHA-1 Balanced Headphone Amplifier in Black (open box)

    Regular Price: $1,695.00

    Special Price $1,195.00

    Advancing our tradition of unmatched audio performance and functionality, the BHA-1 Balanced Headphone Amplifier is Bryston’s reference amplifier solution for the fi...
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  2. Chord Hugo TT DAC/Headphone Amplifier

    Chord Hugo TT DAC/Headphone Amplifier

    $3,995.00 Each
    "The Hugo TT offers everything we loved about the original Hugo and then some, serving up a sound that is even more finely resolved, more delicate, more three-dimens...
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  3. Chord Mojo Portable DAC/Headphone Amplifier

    Chord Mojo Portable DAC/Headphone Amplifier

    As low as: $498.00

    Welcome Mojo, the world’s most advanced portable digital to analogue converter DAC/Headphone amplifier. Thanks to technology derived from our Hugo series units...
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  4. Chord Hugo 2 Portable DAC/Headphone Amplifier

    Chord Hugo 2 Portable DAC/Headphone Amplifier

    From: $2,195.00

    To: $2,284.00

    In 2014, Chord introduced Hugo, a revolutionary portable DAC and headphone amp that became a landmark product in the audio landscape. Advances in digital technology,...
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  5. Piano Black

    Peachtree Audio nova300 Integrated Amplifier/DAC/Headphone Amp

    $2,499.00 Each
    "Comparing what I heard then with what I heard this week, I have to say the nova300 is better than the twice-as-expensive Grand Integrated ($4500). This is what Peac...
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  6. QX-5 front

    Ayre QX-5 Twenty Digital Hub (DAC/Streamer/Headphone Amp/Preamp)

    A Knockout"How to sum up? If you are on the lookout for a one-box solution for all of your digital needs and don't want to think about anything other than music, I'd...
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  7. Altair in silver

    AURALiC Altair Streamer/DAC/Headphone Amplifier

    $1,899.00 Each
    This is a perfect single-box music source for your modern HiFi system. It combines a High-End DAC with world class wireless streaming solution. The 15 input sources ...
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  8. M2Tech Marley front

    M2Tech Marley Dual Drive Class-A Headphone Amplifier

    $1,400.00 Each
    DETAILS Pure class-A power amplifiers, dual stereo layout to drive two headphones with independent volume setting, bridging feature to drive one headphones se...
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  9. Pro-Ject Pre Box RS Digital Preamplifier, DAC and Headphone Amp

    Pro-Ject Pre Box RS Digital Preamplifier, DAC and Headphone Amp

    $1,499.00 Each
    Pre Box RS Digital combines all features of DAC Box RS plus a very linear pre-amplifier with both solid-state and tube output stages, that can be selected alternativ...
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  10. Gloss Ebony Mocha

    Peachtree Audio nova150 Integrated Amplifier/DAC/Headphone Amp

    $1,799.00 Each
    "The nova150 embodies the new Peachtree Audio 2.0 ethos with unmatched features and sound quality at an exceptional price. For those of you who thought previous Peac...
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  11. Luxman DA-250 USB DAC, Class A Preamp & Headphone Amp (OPEN BOX)

    Luxman DA-250 USB DAC, Class A Preamp & Headphone Amp (OPEN BOX)

    Regular Price: $2,895.00

    Special Price $2,495.00

    The Luxman DA-250 is a unique combination of a pure class A analogue preamplifier, digital analogue converter with a USB input and finally a pure class A headphone a...
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  12. Ayre Codex Headphone Amplifier/DAC/Digital Preamp

    Ayre Codex Headphone Amplifier/DAC/Digital Preamp

    As low as: $1,995.00

     SPECIAL OFFER 30% OFF CARDAS BALANCED HEADPHONE CABLE of your choice or 25% off ROON with purchase “I don't know if it's due to the "zer...
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  13. Peachtree Audio Shift Portable DAC/Headphone Amplifier

    Peachtree Audio Shift Portable DAC/Headphone Amplifier

    $299.00 Each
    You love music and are passionate about sound. You have a great Hi-Fi system at home that allows you to enjoy both. If you own a car, chances are you opted for the p...
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  14. ENIGMAcoustics Athena A1 Vacuum Tube Hybrid Headphone Amplifier

    ENIGMAcoustics Athena A1 Vacuum Tube Hybrid Headphone Amplifier

    $1,490.00 Each
    The Athena A1 is an audiophile’s dream. From its three dimensional soundstage to its ability to faithfully articulate voices and instruments, to separate and fix the...
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  15. Project Headbox DS Headphone Amp w/ DAC

    Project Headbox DS Headphone Amp w/ DAC

    $399.00 Each
    Head Box DS is a high-end headphone amplifier with a USB input and built-in D/A converter. Having this feature set provides the ability for direct connection of digi...
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  16.  Ciamara HP1 Headphone Amplifier

    Ciamara HP1 Headphone Amplifier

    $7,500.00 Each
    We at Ciamara weren't entirely satisfied with most of the high-end headphone amplifiers on the market, so we built our own. The HP1 is a no nonsense, ultra high-per...
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  17. AURALiC TAURUS MKII Balanced Headphone Amplifier - PRICE DROP

    AURALiC TAURUS MKII Balanced Headphone Amplifier - PRICE DROP

    Regular Price: $1,899.00

    Special Price $1,499.00

    Begins from the pursuit of an extraordinary amplifier that can well match with modern top quality headphones, inspired by the soul of Rupert Neve's legendary design ...
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  18. Altair in silver

    AURALiC Altair Streamer/DAC/Headphone Amplifier (silver) - USED DEMO

    Regular Price: $1,899.00

    Special Price $1,650.00

    This is a perfect single-box music source for your modern HiFi system. It combines a High-End DAC with world class wireless streaming solution. The 15 input sources ...
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