What are the best headphone amps under 500 dollars?

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    #1Woo Audio 2nd gen WA7 Fireflies

    Woo Audio 2nd gen WA7 Fireflies
    Fireflies is a high performance vacuum tube headphone amplifier, that will allow you to listen to your favorite music in an even more louder way. It features a built-in USB digital-to-analog converter.
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    Edward Johnson
    Written on February 6, 2018
    "The Fireflies by Woo Audio is a great little 100% Tube Vacuum headphones amplifier with a great set of feature and functionalities. One of those great features that I found really useful was its built-in USB digital-to-analog converter option. The Fireflies gets great reviews which I can agree with due to its high performance and qualities. The only downside is the initial cost; they are rather pricey but worth the investment if you are really looking for something of quality."
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    #2AudioQuest - DragonFly Red

    AudioQuest - DragonFly Red

    If your music player device has a USB connection, you have everything you need to improve the sound output you will get. You will get more detail, transparency and tone from your favorite songs. 


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    Vicky Wu
    Written on February 2, 2018
    "I love having all of my music with me at all times on my mobile device, but I often find myself wanting to put on a tune without the ability to play from a quality source. The AudioQuest headphone amp helps a lot; it improves every aspect of sound from tone to detail, creating a rich sonic experience that I can totally immerse myself in. The DragonFly Red is just beautiful and the small form factor means I can always keep it on hand--just plug it into a USB port, put in your audio source and listen away! An awesome price for all the aural joy it brings to my life."
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    #3iFi Micro iCAN SE Headphone Amplifier

    iFi Micro iCAN SE Headphone Amplifier

    Thanks to this headphone amplifier, you will get spacious and natural sound, without any kind of signal distortion. You will experience high performance thanks to the built-in noise cancellation technology. 



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    Martín Garza
    Written on January 27, 2018
    "The sleek, modern design for these really pleases in the aesthetics department. The sound quality goes above and beyond when it comes to standards. With this amplifier I've been able to hear things that I couldn't in the past."
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    #4Bravo Audio V2 Class A 12AU7

    Bravo Audio V2 Class A 12AU7
    Have you ever felt like your favorite is too low? Now you can amplify its volume with this simple yet powerful gadget. It includes a high-quality Shuguang 12AU7 tube.




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    Yang Xia
    Written on February 5, 2018
    "Not really sure why I need this. A friend gifted it to me, but all the headphones I have sound great already. And they're plenty loud. With this amp plugged in, I found I can boost my headphones up to a ridiculous level. I guess if you want to blow your ears out, literally, then this will do the trick. Or maybe if you want to play a trick on someone, a mean trick, sure. But it says it's an amp, and it sure as heck amps the sound, so I guess it delivers as advertised."
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    #5Mugig Mini Guitar Amplifier

    Mugig Mini Guitar Amplifier
    Mugig Mini Guitar Amplifier is a portable rechargeable amplifier ideal for heavy metal music. It has 1/4" (3.5mm) input that adapts to most headphones and MP3 players. Lasts 4.5 hours when fully charged by USB jack.
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    Rose Harper
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "It's a great idea for new or learning guitarist on a budget. It's not so good for more experienced musicians who can already play. The sound quality is not very good."
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    #6FI10002 FiiO E10K USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier (Black)

    FI10002 FiiO E10K USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier (Black)

    Available in two colors, this headphone amplifier has a portable design so you can carry it with you anywhere. You will be able to boost your bass as well as the volume. 

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    Tiffany Brooks
    Written on February 4, 2018
    " Sleek design is awesome as it allows you to carry your product with you. Color choices are very nice"
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    #7iEMatch Headphone Audio Optimizer

    iEMatch Headphone Audio Optimizer
    iEmatch Headphone Audio Optimizer is a  headphone amplifier that takes the hiss and pop out of any digital audio. It has digital volume controls, and the Bit Perfect technology enhances sound without making it dangerous for the ears.
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    Jesse Ford
    Written on February 11, 2018
    "The iEMatch Headphone Audio Optimizer is a headphone adapter that helps to remove line noise from your headphones. It removes pops and the hiss that can be heard in various conditions. It's slightly expensive but does a great job at what it's designed to do. Unfortunatley, it's not really a great amp for those looking for extra volume control."
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    #8Audiophile CMOY headphone amplifier

    Audiophile CMOY headphone amplifier
    This small gadget will be your best friend, along with your headphones, when it comes to listening to your favorite music. Just plug the headphones and your phone in it and you will be able to control the volume you get from them. 



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    Jordan Sims
    Written on February 2, 2018
    "Headphone amps can get really expensive. I needed one that was under 500 so I went with the Audiophile CMOY headphone amplifier."
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    #9Fender Mustang I Amplifier

    Fender Mustang I Amplifier

    Fender Mustang I Amplifier is an electric guitar amplifier. Its auxiliary input can mute the speaker output when inserted with a headphone output jack. It also includes Ableton Live Lite 8 Fender Edition which allows you to build songs.

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    Sean Hoffman
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "My friend got me one of these as a gift, and I didn't expect to be a fan. A tiny little amplifier? But it actually does a good job. Nice tone, very smooth, sounds great. I love the controls, I love how easy it is to plug in and use. I can even play in the bedroom without waking my wife up, as long as I plug the headphones in and don't go too crazy with my pick on the strings. Maybe I can't use it if I'm playing for people who won't fit into a standard living room, but for practice it's perfect."
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    #10Blackstar HT-5R Amplifier

    Blackstar HT-5R Amplifier
    Blackstar HT-5R Amplifier is a guitar amplifier with can be accessed as headphones amplifier. It has a 5-watt, 1x12-inch guitar combo amplifier with reverb. It has speaker and headphone output which can be used along with the speakers.
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    Shaurya Mehta
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Well if you are in need of a guitar amplifier, then this is a nice affordable one for you. I have used this for a little while and have had no problems with it whatsoever. Great for performances, just playing, or whatever you may need it for. Recommend!"
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    #11Danelectro Honeytone N-10 Mini Amp

    Danelectro Honeytone N-10 Mini Amp

    Danelectro Honey Tone N-10 Guitar Mini Amp includes a headphone jack, making it function as a headphone amplifier as well. It has a leather handle, belt clip, and can be powered by 9V battery or Dan electro DA-1 adapter.

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    Juan Carlos Varela
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "For the money, I love this. It's cheap but does the job it needs to do. I use this for parties and get togethers and I also have loaned this to friends for their bands."
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    #12Bugera V5 Infinium

    Bugera V5 Infinium
    Bugera V5 Infinium is an all-tube amplifier with Infinium tube life multiplier, Turbosound speaker and reverb. It can be used as a 5-watt mode amplifier, as well as a headphone mode amplifier.
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    Mildred Morris
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "Great portable amp for just at home use or small groups. It works just as it says it should, and it has a very appealing design. It is great for smaller, more home-based needs."

Summary

Best What are the best headphone amps under 500 dollars
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Woo Audio 2nd gen WA7 FirefliesElectronics 10 Paid
2AudioQuest - DragonFly Red Electronics 4 Paid
3iFi Micro iCAN SE Headphone AmplifierElectronics 4 Paid
4Bravo Audio V2 Class A 12AU7 Electronics 4 Paid
5Mugig Mini Guitar AmplifierElectronics 1 Paid
6FI10002 FiiO E10K USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier (Black)Electronics 0 Paid
7iEMatch Headphone Audio OptimizerElectronics 0 Paid
8Audiophile CMOY headphone amplifier Electronics 0 Paid
9Fender Mustang I AmplifierElectronics -1 Paid
10Blackstar HT-5R AmplifierElectronics -1 Paid
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