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Heya,   I think a DAC is about the hardest thing to review. How do you isolate it's exquisitely subtle effect on the end result of the sound? Realistically a DAC should have the least impact on total effect of sound. You'll find the same chipset floating in cheap electronics and expensive products. They up the cost by adding higher quality components that are in between these chipsets. Some DAC's cost more because they have more pre-amp output options (such as the...
Heya,   AudioTechnica WS77 V-moda V-80   Very best,
 This thread you're posting in has direct comparisons. Linked on the first page. Here's a link to that. Very best,
Heya,   The HE-300 with the price drop is an incredible value. Add the Fiio E10. This is if you use these at home. The HE-300 is hardly portable and the E10 is not portable.   If you want something more portable, look towards the Shure SRH840 and a Fiio E11 perhaps (though you don't even need an amp here).   Very best,
Heya,   Here's a simple break down:   DT990 - Brighter treble, a little more mid-bass (compared to X1). Replaceable ear pads.   X1 - Pads are not replaceable.   Both will run from the STX with ease. The X1 will run from your laptop with ease. The DT990 will be variable based on which version you get (32ohm, 250ohm, 600ohm) so is more limited with the laptop depending which one you get.   Amazon is a great place to buy either. Great return policy. And you can get...
Heya,   On the consumer end to limit extra equipment, if you want a closed headphone, the following come to mind:   Beyer DT770 PRO LE 32ohm Audio Technica A900X AKG K167 & K267   Those will function without big expensive amplifiers and will sound great from any device from a cellphone to a minor USB dac/amp setup when at home.   Very best,
Heya,   No good reason. Market just fluctuates a lot, as more people by the 80ohm because it is easier to drive for most consumers who are not into having more gear than the headphone itself. The 250ohm needs an amplifier. It's not hard to drive mind, but it definitely needs a little voltage to do what it's intended to do performance wise. Most people aren't looking for high impedance headphones for no reason (except unfortunate mislead consumers who think higher...
Heya,   Sony MA900 if you want an open air headphone with a big sound stage for positioning. Beyer DT770 PRO 80ohm if you want a closed back headphone for isolation.   Add mic to taste if needed.   Very best,
Heya,   Beyer DT770 PRO 80ohm AKG K167 AudioTechnica WS99 or A900X Ultrasone HFI 580 or PRO 750   No real need for portable amps, but if you want, the Fiio E11 would be a good way to start on a budget. If you just listen at home, the Fiio E10 would be a very good way to start on a budget. If you want both home and portability, look into the Fiio E17.   And used/refurb is always a great way to go on a budget.   Very best,
Heya,   I'd lean towards the WS99. AT mids are rather fantastic.   Bass on both headphones is emphasized, but not ridiculous to the point of bleeding horribly.   Very best,
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