Hey there, you Audiophiles,
I've been planning on buying a decent Headphone for quite some time now. Your nice Forum here has provided invaluable help in my decision process so far.
I'm currently using the Sony MDR-CD380 (7 Years and still alive and well, one hell of a 50€ Headphone if you ask me) coupled with an Audigy2 ZS from my PC.
The pending upgrade to Ivy Bridge and the possible demise of the trusty old PCI-Port got things rolling, it started with "Well, I need a new Soundcard"
After much review reading I chose the X-Fi Titanium HD, because I'm a Gamer as well as a music lover.
I had the luxury of testing the Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250Ω which is owned by a friend, and they sound awesome even when I just plugged them into the X-Fi Pro "Weird guy edition" my Friend has (Please don't throw stones at me, I had no alternative at that point in time.)
Still they clamped a little to much and they had bit too much treble for my taste that's why I targeted the DT-880 Premiums because they are supposed to be more on the neutral side and have less of a death grip. The DT-990 reacted very nicely to EQ-Fiddling, so I think having a neutral Headphone makes it easy to color the music like the genre requires.
(Metal + Crystallizer = Ear rape, had a sharp pain for ~4hrs :( )
I've read countless threads here, stating that the 600Ω version sounds better than the 250Ωs, I'd like to go for them, but that creates the dilemma of needing an Amp.
To be perfectly honest: I'm not really comfortable with the thought of spending ~400€ for a Headphone Amp that can't be used for anything else. Thus, I had an Idea: Why not buy a nice A/V Receiver and have the option to upgrade to a surround system later on, when I'm out of my student one room apartment?
I searched and found this one to be to my liking:
A little note to my music tastes and the intended usage of the DT-880s:
- I only use them at home, I keep the Sonys for mobile use.
- I primarily listen to Soundtracks of all kind, Games, Movies (<3 Hans Zimmer) and orchestral music, occasionally I'm a metalhead (e.g.: Celtic Pagan Metal)
- My computer is the woman for everything: Movies, Audio, Gaming
Now after this long read all comes down to 2 possibilities and 2 questions:
P1: Titanium HD -> 250Ω DT-880 (Spec sheet says it can drive up to 330Ω Headphones, Bonus: Saves money)
P2: Titanium HD -> RX-V671 -> 600Ω DT-880 (Bonus: PC-Network Access, Remote Control and no wasted money because it can be upgraded to a full home cinema system once I have the place)
Q1. Will the Yamaha be able to power the 600Ω headphones adequately or am I completely off course here?
Q2. Which Setup makes more sense / nets the better sound quality?
Thanks for reading that wall-O-text, taking the time to give me advice and I apologize for my bad English.
I would have said skip the Titanmium HD.
Get the Yamaha RX-V671 (I really like mine) and the Beyer DT880 Premium 250-Ohm. plug the motherboard's optical output into the Yamaha's optical input, plug the DT880 into the Yamaha's headphone jack. The Yamaha's Silent Cinema will provide surround sound for the headphones. That would save you a few Euros.