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post #1081 of 10420

I am very interested in buying the dt880s/600 to use with my desktop but am not sure of the amp/dac setup I want to buy as well.

 

Here are my options I have come up with so far: (You can see where my budget is at as well.)

 

1) Fiio e7/e9 combo ($199) Many people justify this being more than enough to provide the headphones with good, clean power. Never claiming to be "AMAZING", but still very pleasing, especially for the price.

 

2) uDac2 > Matrix M-stage ($300-350) Seems like a decent performing combo for the price, but is it "that" much better then the e7/e9 for almost double the price?

 

3) uDac2 > Little Dot MK3 ($300-350? Not sure on recommended place to buy LDMK3) I have seen many recommend this amp, but my only concern is if the stock tubes are worth it. I have no interest in rolling tubes, (I know I say this now hehe..) but I would like to be done with it after the initial purchase. If this is the case, perhaps SS amps are more suited for me? I have no idea. As long as the stock tubes are nice, I believe this would be a viable option.

 

Mind you, I have never even heard a good amp, or even a top notch headphone for that matter. Hope to get some opinions or other suggestions for around the same price!

post #1082 of 10420

Option 2 sounds your best bet IMO - the Matrix is lovely and the sound is worth the price...don't know about the Little Dot

post #1083 of 10420
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Originally Posted by OldMold View Post

I am very interested in buying the dt880s/600 to use with my desktop but am not sure of the amp/dac setup I want to buy as well.

 

Here are my options I have come up with so far: (You can see where my budget is at as well.)

 

1) Fiio e7/e9 combo ($199) Many people justify this being more than enough to provide the headphones with good, clean power. Never claiming to be "AMAZING", but still very pleasing, especially for the price.

 

2) uDac2 > Matrix M-stage ($300-350) Seems like a decent performing combo for the price, but is it "that" much better then the e7/e9 for almost double the price?

 

3) uDac2 > Little Dot MK3 ($300-350? Not sure on recommended place to buy LDMK3) I have seen many recommend this amp, but my only concern is if the stock tubes are worth it. I have no interest in rolling tubes, (I know I say this now hehe..) but I would like to be done with it after the initial purchase. If this is the case, perhaps SS amps are more suited for me? I have no idea. As long as the stock tubes are nice, I believe this would be a viable option.

 

Mind you, I have never even heard a good amp, or even a top notch headphone for that matter. Hope to get some opinions or other suggestions for around the same price!

 

I just sold my M-Stage because my LDIV pairs so well with my Beyers. I also used to own the LDMKIII. The M-Stage is a fantastic amp - esp. for the price but I decided that the tube amp really made both my DT880/990s shine. It's a powerful amp for the 600ohm phones and the SS is really pleasant, very lush but not muddy in anyway. Tube rolling is fun and very easy - loads of LD tubes available for cheap on eBay - I have collected about 30+ tubes and the rolling gives your amp great versatility. 
 

post #1084 of 10420

Yeah, I'm still not sure which route to go because, like you have both clearly stated, the m-stage is a powerful, effective amp yet the "tube" sound (despite never hearing it) sounds enticing. And then again the bargain of the e7/e9 is amazing!! Decisions, decisions....

post #1085 of 10420
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Originally Posted by OldMold View Post

I am very interested in buying the dt880s/600 to use with my desktop but am not sure of the amp/dac setup I want to buy as well.

 

Here are my options I have come up with so far: (You can see where my budget is at as well.)

 

1) Fiio e7/e9 combo ($199) Many people justify this being more than enough to provide the headphones with good, clean power. Never claiming to be "AMAZING", but still very pleasing, especially for the price.

 

2) uDac2 > Matrix M-stage ($300-350) Seems like a decent performing combo for the price, but is it "that" much better then the e7/e9 for almost double the price?

 

3) uDac2 > Little Dot MK3 ($300-350? Not sure on recommended place to buy LDMK3) I have seen many recommend this amp, but my only concern is if the stock tubes are worth it. I have no interest in rolling tubes, (I know I say this now hehe..) but I would like to be done with it after the initial purchase. If this is the case, perhaps SS amps are more suited for me? I have no idea. As long as the stock tubes are nice, I believe this would be a viable option.

 

Mind you, I have never even heard a good amp, or even a top notch headphone for that matter. Hope to get some opinions or other suggestions for around the same price!


I've had the Little Dot MKIII for 2 years now.  I received the DT880 600ohms for Christmas.  These two sing together.  Mind you, I have rolled to Mullard CV131 tubes but I have used my stock EF95 tubes and they sound amazing with the amp too.  I listen to a lot of live soundboard recordings (Phish, Widespread Panic, Grateful Dead, ect..) as well as a lot of prog rock/metal.  I love this setup and am going to be rocking it for some time

post #1086 of 10420

Despite comments about the Audio-GD gear possibly being too neutral, I'm looking at the new NFB-12 for use with a DT-880/600.


http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB12/NFB12EN.htm


Specs on this are 10V RMS output, 150mW at 600 Ohm.  Does anyone have an idea if this is enough voltage to let the DT-880/600 shine?

 

My dilemma is the NB-12 runs a very affordable $200 but the next step up of DAC and Amp, either SS or tube, would run me $600.

post #1087 of 10420

Just placed an order for a set of 600 ohm 880s, looking forward to hearing how well they pair with my DV amp.

post #1088 of 10420

After much thought, I think I will go with the LD mk3 as the price is below the m-stage in most cases and it sounds like many of you can back up it's performance. At least that is what I am thinking at the current time... :)

post #1089 of 10420

hello,

did any of you had a pair of Grado RS2i and could compare it to the BD880-600 in sound, please.

thanks.

post #1090 of 10420
Thread Starter 

Well, I've compared the HF2 to the DT880/600 here:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/426905/the-grado-hf-2-review-comparison-thread/1425#post_6643033

post #1091 of 10420

I'm starting to think tubes are really the only thing for this... I hear some sibilance with my DT 880's straight out of the STX headphone out and have since purchased a KICAS Caliente.  Using the HM801 line out in the amp, I still get the sibilance, though the amp is an absolute wonder with my JH-13's.  Since I use the 880's for gaming mainly, I'm probably not going to get yet another amp just for gaming, but hearing the 880's through a cheap IC amp and then a discrete one, I hear the same sibilance/brightness that seems to be needs the tubes to tame it down.

post #1092 of 10420

thx for the answer, chinesewiki

post #1093 of 10420

I got redirected here as to my question how to drive the DT880-pro in the 600Ω-version. So... I own a small portable amp (Penguin Caffeine Amp) but am completely ignorant on the theme. Do I really need to invest in an amp? I'm not talking anywhere near High-end here, though I'd like to hear it shine.

post #1094 of 10420
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Originally Posted by Tordenskjold View Post

I got redirected here as to my question how to drive the DT880-pro in the 600Ω-version. So... I own a small portable amp (Penguin Caffeine Amp) but am completely ignorant on the theme. Do I really need to invest in an amp? I'm not talking anywhere near High-end here, though I'd like to hear it shine.



Some people claim that the e7/e9 Dac+Amp combo ($199) is more than enough to power them. It has not been said so much here but in the e9 review thread.

 

Although I have not personally owned either, the Matrix-m stage and the Little Dot MK III seem to be budget amps that people have suggested to power those 600ohm headphones.

post #1095 of 10420

After quite a bit of searching and comparing return policies I had pretty much decided on ordering a pair from B&H because they were the same price as Amazon ($249.99) but Amazon was out of stock. So today I'm checking on Amazon to see if they've gotten any in and they have not plus the price is now $269 but B&H has gone up to $319! I guess I missed out on the lower prices. Rats.

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