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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hey guys;

 

I posted in the full-size section as well, but I thought that a thread here would be beneficial. So, in that case....

 

I am looking for an amp to drive a (soon-to-be bought) DT880/250/600. The source is a MacBook (the polycarbonate version; OSX). So, if I need a DAC/amp, then that would be fine; just keep it under $350.

 

Any other questions; just ask.

post #2 of 13
Thread Starter 

I am interested about the audiotailor Jade tube amp. Or any other options?

post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

Bump!

 

EDIT: A DAC/amp combo would be best.


Edited by iHelp - 8/21/10 at 9:32am
post #4 of 13

I would start with Ibasso's line of dac/amp combos, like the d4 mamba or the d10 cobra, which are both under $300

post #5 of 13

you are better off steering away from combo units.

 

for various reasons.

including the fact that 90% of combo dac/amps have a solid state amp section.  and the beyers, in my honest opinion, sound much better with tubes.

also, the amp section in most dac/amps simply don't have enough juice for the 250 ohm or 600 ohm beyers.

i've tried several, and none of them were as good as a stand-alone headphone amp.

 

so, for a little bit more money, you could get a nuforce udac as the dac.  $100.

and get a chinese tube amp.  something like a little dot mkiii, or musical paradise mp-301, or what have you.

 

post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by b0klau View Post

I would start with Ibasso's line of dac/amp combos, like the d4 mamba or the d10 cobra, which are both under $300



i love the ibasso line.  i have the d4.

the dac section is great.

but there's just not enough power on hand for the beyers.  even running from 9v battery.

i guess it works okay.  it's just a little congested sounding, and fatigues my ears after a short while.

YMMV.

post #7 of 13

build a mini3 high performance edition

post #8 of 13

I used the Headstage Lyrix Pro with my DT880's.  Loved it!

 

I imagine the Headstage Arrow would sound even better with the Beyer's for under $300.

post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 

Bump.

 

Okay, I have narrowed it down to the MP-301 and Little Dot Mkii. I do also have some low impedance phones (MS1 and V6) that I would like to use with the amp as well. Opinions? Btw, this amp is only for home use, so I would prefer an amp that ran on AC/DC (haha) power, not on a battery.

 

I do plan to buy the NuForce DAC.

post #10 of 13

So how about a Schiit Asgard/Valhalla plus uDAC?

post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 

Schiit valhalla is $349.

 

I am still looking at the Little dot MKii and the Schiit Vasgard.

 

About the LD MKii: how do you control the gain? Do you open the amp casing (or what)? How do you connect the RCA cables to a computer (a macbook)?

post #12 of 13

Skylab was very enthusiastic about pairing the MP-301 with his 600-ohm DT880. 

post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 

Yes, but, I would slightly prefer a SS amp because of its longer lifespan.

 

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