5 Best Portable Headphone Amps For Your Music Player

There’s a lot of options in the world of portable headphone amplifiers and Audio46 has some of the top rated amps regularly in stock. Choosing the right headphone amplifier is simply a matter of price, features and sound quality. So we’ve compiled a list of the 5 best portable headphone amps in all different ranges of price and features.

5 Best Portable Headphone Amps For Your Music Player


Fiio A3 Headphone Portable Amplifier
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The Fiio A3 Portable Headphone Amplifier is an excellent amp for the price. This amp fits in the palm of your hand, has a 92.6mA output and will last up to 16-hours on a charge. The Fiio A3 can easily power headphones ranging from 15 Ohms to 150 Ohms. It also includes a bass boost as well as volume boost and uses an internal 1400 mAh rechargeable battery. At only .5 lbs the Fiio A3 portable amplifier is perfect for everyday on-the-go music listening.

FR: 20Hz ~ 20kHz
SNR: >108dB
THD+N: 0.004% (1kHz)
Charge Time: 4h
Work Time: 16h
Drive Capability: 16~150 Ohm
Dimensions: 91.2mm x 56mm x 13mm
Weight: 92g


Chord Mojo Portable DAC Amplifier 300
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One of the hottest portable DAC amplifiers on the market, the Chord Mojo is a top of the line accessory for your portable music setup. The Chord Mojo works with iPhone, Android, Mac and PC digital players and works for up to 10 hours of uninterrupted use. The Mojo can power headphones from 4 Ohms up to 800 Ohms making it one of the most powerful DAC amplifiers in the world. It supports DSD 512 digital audio as well as sample rates from 32kHz to 768kHz. The Chord Mojo is a simple, small and powerful portable headphone DAC amplifier and also has several available accessories that will expand your digital audio experience.

1 x Micro USB 768KHz/32-bit capable
1 x 3.5,, jack coaxial 768KHz/32-bit capable
1 x Optical Toslink 192KHz/24-bit capable
1 x Micro USB charging port

2 x 3.5mm headphone jacks

Technical Details
Output Power @ 1kHz
600 ohms 35mW
8 ohms 720mW
Output Impedance: 0.075 ohms
Dynamic Range: 125dB
THD @ 3v – 0.00017%
Weight: 0.4 lbs
Dimensions: 82L x 60W x 22H (mm)
True reference grade mastering quality


iFi micro iDSD Black Label Portable DAC Amplifier 300
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The micro iDSD Black Label DAC Amp from iFi Audio is a compact powerhouse of on-the-go features. The micro iDSD uses Burr-Brown DAC chip which enables it to handle nearly any type of digital audio. The 3D+ and XBass functions enhance the sound of your music while the optional USB and SPDIF digital inputs add flexibility to this solid DAC Amp. The micro iDSD Black Label will last from 6 to 12 hours depending on modes and activated features.

Formats supported: DSD512/256/128/64, Octa/Quad/Double/Single-Speed DSD, DXD(768/705.6/384/352.8kHz), Double/Single-Speed DXD, PCM(768/705.6/384/352.8/192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1kHz)
Filters: PCM – Bit-Perfect Processing/Minimum Phase/Standard DSD – Extreme/Extended/Standard Bandwidth DXD – Bit-Perfect Processing
Digital Inputs: High-Speed Asynchronous USB 2.0 (32bit/768kHz), SPDIF Coaxial/Optical
Digital Output: SPDIF Coaxial
Audio Input: 3.5mm
Audio Output: 6.3mm RCA Line out (2V fixed/2V-5V variable)
Power Output: Turbo (8.0V max/4,000 mW @ 16 Ohm) Normal (4.0V/1,000 mW @ 16 Ohm) Eco (2.0V/250mW@16 Ohm)
Battery: Lithium-polymer 4800mAh
Power System: USB BCP V1.2 compliant up to 1500mA charging current
Power (max): Dimensions: 177(l) x 67(w) x 28(h) mm
Weight: 310g (0.68 lb


Oppo HA-2 SE Portable DAC Amp
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The HA-2 SE DAC and Amplifier from Oppo Digital is a slim yet powerful piece of gear. The HA-2 SE supports 384kHz PCM audio as well as DSD256. It’s compatible with PC, Mac, iPhone and Android devices. The HA-2 SE also has 2 digital inputs (USB & micro-USB) plus bass boost, level boost and battery indicator. The 1300 mAh battery can charge up to 70% in just 30 minutes and a full charge will last up to 13-hours. The Oppo HA-2 SE is one of the most sophisticated and compact DAC Amplifiers and it won’t break the bank.

Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.7 x 5.375 x 0.5 inches, 68 x 137 x 12 mm
Weight 6.2 oz, 175 grams
Frequency Response 20 Hz – 200 kHz
Audio-in Level 1 Vrms
Line-out Level 1 Vrms
Recommended Headphone Impedance 16 Ohm – 300 Ohm
Maximum Headphone Output Power
(Per Channel) 300 mW into 16 Ohm
220 mW into 32 Ohm
30 mW into 300 Ohm
Headphone Amplifier Output Impedance 0.5 Ohm
Output Jacks 3.5 mm stereo headphone
3.5 mm stereo line-out
Input Ports Analog: 3.5 mm stereo audio-in
Digital: USB A for iPod / iPhone / iPad; USB micro-B for smartphones with USB OTG feature and computers.
DAC Chip ESS Sabre32 Reference ES9028-Q2M
Input Format Stereo PCM, Stereo DSD (DoP v1.1 or native)
PCM Sampling Frequencies 44.1 kHz – 384 kHz, 16 / 24 / 32-bit
DSD Sampling Frequencies 2.8224 MHz (DSD64), 5.6448 MHz (DSD128), 11.2896 MHz (DSD256, native mode only)
Profile USB 2.0, USB Audio 2.0
Included Accessories Power Supply Unit (Rapid Charging Charger)
USB A – USB micro-B data and rapid charging cable
USB A – Lightning data cable (for Apple devices)
USB micro-B to micro-B data cable (for Android and other smartphones)
3.5 mm – 3.5 mm stereo audio cable
Silicone rubber band (2 pieces)
User guide and warranty documents
Built-in Battery type 3000 mAh lithium polymer rechargeable battery
Battery Operation Time Approx. 13 hours for analog source via Audio-in; approx. 7 hours for digital sources via USB
Charging Time Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes


Fiio Q1 DAC Amplifier
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The Fiio Q1 is a simple yet powerful headphone amp and DAC for under $100. It can power headphones from 16 Ohms to 150 Ohms and has a battery life of up to 30 hours when used just as an amp. The amplifier and DAC functions are separate giving you flexibility in how you use it. The Q1 supports up to 96kHz / 24-bit digital audio and only weighs 100g.

Separate DAC and Amp functions
Supports resolutions up to 96kHz/24-bit
“5 hours of battery life during continuous playback” up to 30 hours of battery life when used as an amp works as Pass Thru while charging
16-150 ohm recommended headphone impedance
20-20000 Hz frequency range
100 g weight