It’s time for more audio hardware! This is the Neoteck NTK059 portable headphone amplifier. I picked this little guy up on Amazon for $22, though it appears to be around $30 now (https://www.amazon.com/Neoteck-Headphone-Amplifier-Rechargeble-Computers-x/dp/B01MS22YWV).
The 059 is pretty straightforward with one 3.5 mm auxiliary input (shown on the right with the gold connector) and one 3.5 mm headphone output (shown left with the white connector). The front also features the power switch, power indicator LED, and the gain knob labeled 1-9, but with smooth change all the way between each level. The rear, not shown, has a single micro-USB port which can charge the internal battery or power the device for long periods of time.
In the week that I have had the NTK059, I have sound it to be satisfactory to my needs. It has a solid, metal construction that feels good in your hand. Despite the metal, it is quite light and comfortable to throw in a pocket. It is also small enough that I can put it in the little pocket inside my jeans pocket.
Power-wise, I have run into absolutely no issues. This amp drives every set of IEMs, earbuds, and headphones that I own (though that is a limited collection).
The battery has run out on me once, but that was after 6 hours of listening. It only took me an hour or so to charge it back up.
Regarding volume, I’ve yet to have to turn it up past about 2/9. It’s got a lot of juice in it, and it will handle quiet signals nicely.
My only complaint with this device is that the included 3.5 mm auxiliary cable is absolute garbage. While this is to be expected from an ‘included’ cable on a $22 amp, it is still a bit disappointing. I would recommend picking up some better cable if you are going to be using this regularly. Because of the design and jack placement, I recommend the normal straight cables–not the elbow connectors.
Overall, this is a great device at a low price. If you are looking to smooth out the sound of your music, improve silence in music, and clean up that bass a bit, on a budget, then this might just be the pick for you!
Have an amp you love and want to share? Let us know in the comments! We’ll see each other next time!