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post #16 of 35
my dt880 05 is mainly used at home driven (very well) by my millett hybrid max

However, there are days i wanna freak my officemates out and i bring the cans to the office with my ipod, and my mini^3 does a pretty good jb of driving them, better than my go-vibe petite ever did
post #17 of 35
I am listening to my old DT880 connected to my newly built Mini³ (by MisterX). You wont believe the sound coming from this little thing hooked to the ipod line-out. Amazing.

The Mini³ Portable Stereo Headphone Amplifier
post #18 of 35
I built a mini3 for my brother, and he really likes it with his '05 880s.
As for me, I have parts waiting for me in chicago for a ppav2 build - can't wait =D
post #19 of 35
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Originally Posted by wavoman View Post
I have 250 Ohm Pro 880's, and 600 Ohm Consumer 880's. Don't have a Pico, but I have a Predator, and an iQube. Both amps drive both HPs just fine.

The 600 Ohm 880 beats the 250 Ohm 880 in more ways than bass. Smoother freq response, better SQ all around.

Be sure to get your 600 Ohm 880's directly from beyer using the MANUFAKTUR link ... great options on leather and color, etc.
I've read Germania's impressions (in SR-71a thread) that the Pico does a better job with lower impedance phones, so the DT 880 might not be the ideal choice. Anybody uses the Pico with this phone?
post #20 of 35
+1 for corda 2 move in high curent, high gain mode !
post #21 of 35
I do have the Dt880 05’s (250 Ohm) with a Pico and I have to say that the Pico doesn’t have any problem with driving the headphones. So well in fact that I NEVER turn the volume up to 12’00 in high gain.
post #22 of 35
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Originally Posted by Mox View Post
I do have the Dt880 05’s (250 Ohm) with a Pico and I have to say that the Pico doesn’t have any problem with driving the headphones. So well in fact that I NEVER turn the volume up to 12’00 in high gain.
And what do you think, how much performance is lost compared to a desktop amp? I think the Beyer will be my final choice then.
post #23 of 35
I used to power my 880s out of a headsix for a short period of time, it wasn't a bad combo. they did power the 880's to a satisfactory level, But if you have $400 to use you might as well use all of it right ?
post #24 of 35
Pico has no problem driving my 250 Ohm DT-880. Of course an AC powered amp will probably have more slam. Comparing my Woo Audio 3 tube amp or Central Station SS amp there's not that much difference...not enough to cause the inconvenience that an AC powered amp will cause if portability is desired.

If my house was on fire I'd grab my iPod/Pico brick and HD 650 first.
post #25 of 35
The only thing you really need to consider is this: if you are NOT using them portably there is no point in paying the premium for a portable amp. Get a desktop amp; the Little Dot MkIII and the Eddie Current Lunchbox have both been described as excellent amps for the DT880.
post #26 of 35
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Originally Posted by synaesthetic View Post
The only thing you really need to consider is this: if you are NOT using them portably there is no point in paying the premium for a portable amp. Get a desktop amp; the Little Dot MkIII and the Eddie Current Lunchbox have both been described as excellent amps for the DT880.
I've already own the Pico and I bough it because it also has a DAC, perfect for UMPC use, and I may end up buying the Denon AH-D2000 because it has a low impedance which suits the Pico well, so I suspect that more performance can be extracted from it than the DT 880. Yes, the quality might not be as good as with a desktop amp+separate dac but it redeems itself by being simpler and more usable (it will work wonderfully with a good IEM as well).
post #27 of 35
I agree with a lot of the posts here. I have a Headsix that powers my DT880's to a satisfactory level, but they sound better with the LD MkIII. I use the Headsix if I am by the pool but prefer the LD III if I am in my living room where I can enjoy its better sound. I need both.
post #28 of 35
Portaphile Maxxed version and Headamp AE2 will drive DT880 nicely but I really like it with tube amp if portability is not an issue.
post #29 of 35
Do you think it's possible to drive correctly the DT880 through my Vaio Pocket's LOD (very powerful) and a Fiio E5 for great portability? Would it still be better than a lower grade headphone or is it only worth the money when paired with a powerful portable amp?
post #30 of 35
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Originally Posted by DarKu View Post
+1 for corda 2 move in high curent, high gain mode !
Agree -- I have a 3Move which is very similar and it works well with DT-880-250 v 2003.
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