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Topping NX1s Portable Headphone Amp

Topping NX1s Portable Headphone Amp

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I've had this a while now, and while none of my headphones that I listen to on my S8 need an amp, this little guy plays a key role in my home theater. I use it on the zone 2 out of my Denon receiver to feed my CLEER-based wireless Sennheiser theater headphones. Provides a nice, clean signal and the bass boost is appreciated for movie watching. Solid little piece of equipment.
Also, if all the talk of amps has made you wonder if you somehow need one, or if it would make a difference on your headphones, this is a very inexpensive way to find out. You probably don't need one, but $35 is pretty easy on the wallet to try.
How will this perform for a HIFIMAN HE-4XX on a LG V20 with Neutron player?
I just received an empty black pleather case, WTF Massdrop!
Weird how this little thing costs $21 to ship to NZ, and the heavy and much larger (like 20 x larger!) Little Dot tube amp costs $18?
I took the drop and used it for the past two weeks. This is not a DAC, just an amplifier. It has enough battery for couple of days. I am primarily using this with my phone. I have tried using HiFiman Headphone (400i), Beyerdynamic IEM, and a cheap $20 earbuds. It seems that the staging of the music has increased by 25-30%, and the sound seems to improve with the use. Use of bass gain has improved the cheap earbuds and IEM, which makes them sound more expansive. There is some improvement to the HiFiman headphone's staging and gain in bass sound, but usually I like the neutral sounding of the headphone. So overall, I am happy with the drop.
too expensive with shipping outside of US ($57), cheaper from Aliexpress, $39 plus free shipping
Great little amp for the $$. Very clean and 100% quiet. Low gain doesn't offer huge improvement over my Note8. High gain is where the juice is. Sub bass is a little rolled off but for most music genres, you won't notice it much. I bought mine from Amazon for $39.99 with Prime 2 day free shipping. Faster and easier to deal with in case of needed return/exchange. Regardless where you get it from, highly recommended...
Ehhhh shipping an additional 21. No can do.
Would there be any advantage to using this to drive a headphone from the audio output jack of an iMac?
jonro
Hmmm if you're using iMac you're better off spending a tiny bit more and get an usb dac/amp.
That way you don't have to worry about battery also you're bypassing the iMac dac and letting the aftermarket dac/amp do its job.
Hyde
The iMac already has a pretty good dac/amp so it's doubtful this would add anything.
Question: My DAP has a 3.5mm output that can be switched from headphone out to line out. Is line out what I need for the input here?
DrBob
Yes. You are quite correct, it should work perfectly. Line out provides a stronger signal, but there’d be no harm (except to the sound quality, maybe) in going from a headphone only jack to the amp aswell.
DrBob
Like this.
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This thing is good, really. Is better than the amp of Fiio E10K, if anyone heard that, which is well rated for the price. So, for the price, is really good, probably not bette than let's say an aune B1, which worths 5x more, but it does the job of better defining your sound on the go.
Though, as a hint....replace the provided cable with a better one as it's bottleneck. Get something better, not just another, there are worse. It really makes a big difference, as I did some tests with different cables. I use it now with some hama 10-15$ cable, plated and everything, so get something at least like that.... don't jump over $20 with it as that turns stupid fast from there on. The better cable improved the signal from phone to it and everything got better, more hifi, the level of details increased.
Also, use it with a proper phone, probably that's a good thing to do, ever if you're a freak of this sort. I play it with a LGV20, so it looks like a good match. Get a decent phone with a proper DAC in it and a good cable... forget dongles or other junk :)..like bluetooth, beats, so on. I tried it with some Meze 11 Neo and 12, DT770 250 and 32ohm, 990, K240, yamaha hph200's and 4xx. It makes them all clearer. I didn't thought it will have any impact on the Mezes but it made them sound even clearer too plus more sound stage, though they are 16 ohm iem's.
So, in short, I recommend this, not that I'm some authority but it worth the investment :). Don't forget to get a better cable.
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where can i get that cable?
ippohagorn
i dont know, try amazon or search for hama jack jack
I didn't buy my NX1s from Massdrop as lets be honest, you can get it at lower price with cheaper shipping if you look around.
Anyways, personal impression after using it for a few months, it's a beast. It doesn't sound really good when paired with a pair of hybrid IEMs like the Fender FXA7 or the Aurisonics ASG 2.0. Things will sound a bit lack lusting without the bass boost turned on and the soundstage seemed to be more compressed than without the NX1s (just a bit). However the improvement with the NX1s with IEMs and without is very noticeable still and it's not bad. And same goes with Dynamic Drivers only IEMs like the SE215 SE (blue) and the Audio Technica IM-50.
Interestingly, when paired with a pair of pure Amateur Divers IEMs like my friend's UM Pro 30, the difference is very significant. The NX1s is capable of bringing out more bass from the Pro 30, making it more balance sounding. And believe it or not, though it does not bring out the full potential, the NX1s is capable of powering and bring out more details from the monstrous SE846 without turning on high gain - at least much, much better than direct output from an iPhone in comparison.
As a whole, considering the low price and it coming in such small form factor, the NX1s is nice deal for me as I was looking for a portable amp to go with my iPhone. Battery life is also nice as I can go on for at least three to four days before plugging it into charge. (I typically listen to music for at least 3-4 hours per day and often forget to turn it off and kept it on without playing any music for an hour or two.)
Just some personal opinion to try and help out anyone considering this. Hope this helps! :)
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Yes I think so, for instance the SE846 I tried the past weekend gave me the exact feeling that low-gain is underpowering it still despite of the fact that it was already much better than a smartphone direct output. The high-gain setting will distort and lead to a loss in quality of audio though, so I never really turned on high-gain in any cases. I'll see if I can try the SE846 some time later with high-gain and give you a more certain answer! Cheers. :)
ansonchc
Awesome, thanks! I agree that the high-gain setting can lead so some distortion in the highs, but it really depends on the IEM/Headphone. My Ultrasone Pro 2400's handle it fine, but on some IEMs it ruins the sound profile.
This or the Fiio a3?
I'm one of the rare individuals who can only pay through PayPal for reasons I'll keep to myself. So sites like Amazon are a no-go.
TheTaggerung
Use gift cards
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ScroogeMcDuck
that's exactly what I did. Received it today and am way more impressed than I thought I would be. 3 day shipping and if I don't like anything Amazon is very cool with returning items. Totally new soundstage on my Shure SRH 840 s . Noticeable and not just a litle when it comes to tightening the bass,at least that is my experience. For $40 it's a no-brainer.
ScroogeMcDuck
Already ordered mine . Free 1 day shipping. It will arrive tmr.
$40 amazon.
Bronx1guy@yahoo.com Just bought the NX1s not from here i actually got it cheaper and i have to say it's a beast . I own the Fiio fujiyama and the Mont Blank by Fiio and right now this one is my favorite besides the fact you can hide it on your phone with a couple of tiny pieces of loctite putty and it comes right off anyway,the sound this little guy gives you is amazing nice tight bass with bass boost but what got me the most was the detail in the music I was listening to. It's probably the hi res audio but this little amp kills. Now I'm going to buy the NX2s and I'm almost positive I won't be disappointed did I mention the build it's solid precise and sexy it just feels great and the sound it creates won't disappoint IMO.
Mass drop lies on the retail price. I just researched, and the retail price is 39.99. I do not abide by liars, MassDrop has lost my respect and business.
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Adalus
What they're actually listing is probably MSRP.
Yes - one month vs two days! If I'd realized it was another month after the drop closed, there would be NO WAY I buy it here!!!
Very discreet flask. Will this get me through airport security?
I think it having a gain switch is super cute, scared it might blow up my 600-ohm Beyers
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Can this amp be used with PC while being constantly plugged in to usb for power, or will this kill the battery and it is only inteted to be used as portable amp on the go?
Maybe somebody can help me with advice regarding my need and a recomendation of a good amp for my particular set up. I just bought myself a pair of DT 770 Pro 80 ohms to be used mostly on my PC for streaming and listening to music etc. I have an external sound card with dac and built in amp (Asus Xonar U7). While this card can get my dt’s to an uncomfortably loud levels, I dont feel like there is enough bass coming out of my cans (I heard that the 80s supposed to be really bassy, but even my Logitech X-550 speakers, which are very far from being and audiphile piece of equipment give me a much punchier lows).
Also, I tried using my dt’s with my pixel xl, and the sound is super quite and bass is non-existent. I am not planning to be using the dt‘s on the go a lot, but I am getting the koss porta pro massdrop eddition whenever they will be shipped to me from md around December.
So tl;dr, is it worth it getting an amp for my dt’s, and is it going to improve the bass compared to my asus xonar u7? If so, will this be a decent amp for my purposes or can you recomend something I ahould get instead in the under 100$ range? Will the porta pros benefit from an amp?
Thanks
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I'm user photosonic on Head-fi also. I've posted in that thread and going to do the solder bypass soon.
makats
an amp will clearly improve your sound, but a better one will improve it better. take a look at the aune b1 too. this, probably will make them sound better but one of those, much better.
These little guy's are great! They push all my phones. Hd650,akg712,etc. Even Koss porta pro benfit from amplification. I like the sound out of my Sam7 phone, so I use this in lieu of my Oppo dac/amp. Battery lasts forever. Great sound. No hum. I have the Nx1a.
Is this usable as a practice amp for an electric guitar or bass? I want to play without waking the rest of the family. I’d be using it to drive a pair of inexpensive headphones, and the input would be straight from the guitar with an adapter on the guitar cable.
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I just didn't know what else to tell you about the little baby amp. I like it, I don't know for sure, If you can use it as a practice amp. The Vox works great, however, google does contain the rest of the world and you might get a definitive answer to your question. Well wishes.
It's not 2005 anymore. Why would anyone need a portable amp on any modern smartphone? Even 100 dollar ones are more than capable enough of driving high end headphones at deafening levels.
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It almost died and you brought it back up. Just when I think I am out of the notifications on this I get sucked back in!
smallbit
LOL leave him alone guys
I had a NX2 that recently only output sound on one side (right). I didnt tamper it nor drop it, anyone knows whats wrong with it and how can I fix it?
orphius
You could try turning your volume pot up and down a bunch.Could be dirty. Try your flipping your swithes a few times. Make sure your plug is clean and making a good connection. If all else fails, I bang the hell out of it!
how does this compare to Creatives E series lineup? I have the E5 and I love it but its a bit too bulky for everyday use on the go. Do I go for this or something a bit more feature rich like the E3?
Onifon
It's not as bulcky as it may seem, in fact it's not bad at all. Yes, it is a bit "fat" but the bang for the buck out of this baby is spot on. I got mine today and I am a happy camper, turned a pair of cheap Xiomi garbage headphones, into normal headphones. Can't wait to see what it does with the Fostex TX and the NuForce IEM. :) Love the build of the product as well. Will recommend to any one looking for an entry level AMP
Onifon
This has 40 hour battery life where as the e3 has only 8 hours but has Bluetooth. I have the e5/e3 for many years
I bought this amp the last time it was available, and it has been great. I highly recommend it.
Do note that this amp has an output impedance of 3.5 Ohms. While this is ok for normal headphones (usually between 32-64 Ohms), anything below that could potentially suffer problems due to insufficient damping. Pity because the original NX1 had an output impedance of <1 Ohm IIRC.
skndd
Why would you use an amp to drive 10 Ohms IEMs? Or worst, shit thin cans? If your source can't drive 10 Ohms on its own, there's a problem elsewhere... it's not the amp the issue IMHO.
This is selling for $5 more on Amazon with Prime 2 day shipping and no tax in California. Not to cr@p on this deal but just an FYI for those considering.
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Jahblaze
That's where I bought mine - 10/10 would do again. :)
Jahblaze
I'm in Canada and hell no.