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Amp for Beyerdynamic DT990 600ohm?

post #1 of 91
Thread Starter 

Would like an Amp/DAC combo (for simplicity's sake) if reasonably possible whilst maintaining the most quality for my budget. Budget is ~$200 for something used (I know, it isn't much).

 

Looking at the Firestone Audio Fubar III. Possibly a used Matrix M Stage + cheap DAC?

What are the entry level tube options I should be looking at? Firestone Audio Little Country III? Little Dot MK III?

 

 

Thanks!


Edited by thinkpol - 8/4/10 at 9:06am
post #2 of 91

I see that you are [about] to be the  owner of some Manufactur Black and Red DT990/600ohm'ers that you purchased a couple days ago. Congratz to that !

 

And I coulda swore i saw you purchasing a Darkvoice 3322 in the amp  section a while ago,  as well

 

edit: yup, my memory sharp as always ! http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/500948/darkvoice-dv-3322-can-usa-dv3322#post_6793818

 

did something wrong went with the transaction or do you not like the DV3322? For $200, you ask yourself, will anything come this close to a decent tube amp as the Mark 3, you ask that to yourself  aloud  - and you may have already answered your own question  ^_^


Edited by David.M - 8/4/10 at 10:15am
post #3 of 91
Thread Starter 

This is for my girlfriend (as are the 990s).  :-)

 

Will the MkIII be enough amp to power 600Ω? Would it be a big difference to make the jump to a LD MKIV or WA3?

post #4 of 91

so you got your gf into the 990's eh . Well... then she's going to be in for the ride of her life LOL.  I kids i kids, hopefully she'll love it, I wish mine would appreciate bass more, but she's mostly into softer phones like my DT880's  >_>

 

sure, the MKIII will drive them very decently. If you can shell out around $60 on some better Mullard/Sovtek Tubes, it takes the amp to another level. I still don't know If I'm ready to give mine up any time soon since the pre-amp out can come quite handy + it really sounds fantastic once you have a strong smooth source hooked up to it.

 

I think the MKIII + tubes is better than MKIV stock. The extra $100 can go to tubes. Also, the thrill of tube rolling is always exhilarating !  The Woo Audio 3 is obviously a level above the MKIII and will drive the beyer's better. Well of course it's going to sound better, it coast nearly 3x as much  as the little dot =)


Edited by David.M - 8/4/10 at 10:41am
post #5 of 91
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Originally Posted by David.M View Post

I wish mine would appreciate bass more, but she's mostly into softer phones like my DT880's  >_>

 


ROFL! 

post #6 of 91

At least she still enjoys Beyers :)

post #7 of 91
Thread Starter 

What about a Woo Audio 6, Graham Slee Solo or Mapletree Ear+HD?

 

(I realize this is above the original budget)

post #8 of 91

Off topic: When I gave my gf the 990s to compare it to her crap phones, she couldn't hear any difference. All she said was: Ooooh, they feel soft.

 

Some people...

post #9 of 91

On topic: I was looking at the WA3 as well, but I'm actually looking for a tube headphone amp that can also directly power speakers and put out 80watt. Any ideas? (Does that even exist?)

post #10 of 91

Not unless you want to spend into the four digits or get a hybrid system.
 

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Originally Posted by Ultrainferno View Post
but I'm actually looking for a tube headphone amp that can also directly power speakers and put out 80watt. Any ideas? (Does that even exist?)
post #11 of 91

The Woo 3 is a match made in heaven for those cans. I spend most of my listening time with that rig. It's all good! 

post #12 of 91

I use a Woo 3 and the DT880s.  Great combo.  Perhaps when I get some extra cash, I might take a lunge into the 990s.
 

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The Woo 3 is a match made in heaven for those cans. I spend most of my listening time with that rig. It's all good! 

post #13 of 91
I have the transformer-coupled wa6, and all this talk about the wa3 makes me want an OTL so badly... : p
post #14 of 91

all this  "OTL magic talk" make me want to upgrade my amp to the Woo Audio 2,  instead of Woo Audio 6


Edited by David.M - 8/6/10 at 6:56pm
post #15 of 91

This is getting off topic a bit, but I simply love my Woo 3.  It's simple.  It was three tubes.  Don't need to worry about matching power tubes, especially my favorite one--the 5998.  Great sound.  Tubey, but still has clarity and speed. 
 

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