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What started as a joke rapidly turned into flat-out amazement. I had thought these amps would be good for a laugh and I’d be able to make all sorts of funny analogies about how bad they sounded. Nope. Well…in the case of the Bravo Audio V2: Yup. But the Nobsound NS-08E and the SainSonic Biggermouth A1 legitimately sounded great. The FiiO A3 solid-state amp, though not part of the main point of this review, was also a reliable and inexpensive (and portable) unit.

A headphone amp can’t turn bad headphones into good ones. But it can, and most of these amps do, make great headphones sound just that little bit better. And for $50 (or less!), that’s pretty cool. I’ll be happy to use the Nobsound, at least, long after my cast comes off. Uh, not that any of that was real. Just an example.

pw's picture

As long as I have read S&V you have never mentioned Dared Audio or other Asian brands.. I wonder why?

slaytex's picture

Sorry - but I have this product and there is a lot of noise... lots of "electrical" interference. Not great.