The 3 Best Headphone Amps

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The Rundown
"Keeps your audio loud enough and even provides some mix features for each line."
"It can power two headphones at once, using an analog volume knob to adjust sound."
Best Guitar Headphone Amp:
Vox AP2BS amPlug Bass G2 at Amazon
"This amp series has been a best-seller for more than a decade."

Best Budget: Monoprice 615220

This headphone amp is meant to route one signal to a bunch of different headphones, keeping it loud enough and even providing some mix features for each line. The Monoprice 615220 is a great choice for a home studio, offering two line-level RCA inputs on the back for a primary signal, as well as the option to use a stereo out (most often just by using the headphone out of a stereo or audio interface). It’s important to note that this is an unbalanced input. There are then four different channels of stereo headphone output that take ¼-inch TRS cables, with a minimum of 10 ohms per channel. The maximum output level is 22 dB, but you can adjust the volume of each channel with a handy knob assigned to each one. The whole package comes out clean, too, as Monoprice is promising 98dB of signal-to-noise ratio. It all goes for a very budget-friendly price.

Runner-Up, Best Budget: Indigo Portable Powered Headphone Amplifier

This pocket-sized ultra portable headphone amp is about the size of a matchbook, but packs 250mW of power output for an enhanced listening experience. The Indigo PHPA-1 can power two headphones at once, using an analog volume knob to adjust sound and two level bass EQ to provide extra oomph. The ultra portable amp works with any pair of headphones between 16 to 150 Ohms, covering most models. It lasts for up to eight hours on a single charge, good enough for an entire work day of enhanced music.

Best Guitar Headphone Amp: Vox AP2BS amPlug Bass G2

Vox fans will love this portable low frequency guitar amp, a simple and convenient way to deliver true analog amplifier sound in your headphones. This amp series has been a best-seller for more than a decade. It provides three modes to guitars for multi-effect, including choices specifically tuned for different styles such as Blues and Metal. The foldable plug rotates 180 degrees and includes an auto off feature, fitting nicely into any guitar model and pairing with any headphones. The full analog circuit is also re-worked for clearer and simpler sound.

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