I'm gonna buy a Beyerdynamic dt990 600 ohms and a new sound card, this is a fact. My audio source is my desktop PC and I don't think about changing that. I like to listen to all kind of music (but I valorize bass and treble impact, this is the reason of opting for a 990 and not a 880). Im also going to use the headphones to watch movies and play games.
I've never listened to tube powered song but I'd really like to try it after read about their characteristics plus my jazz and blues taste. But I have no idea in how much warmth it really adds to a song so I'm if I get a tube amp I also want a solid state option at the same time ( to guarantee my satisfaction with all kind of music and the movies and games).
Well, on the and I'm dealing with the following doubts after some days of researching on Internet:
Sound cards: Xfi Titanium HD or Xonar Essence STX
The Xonar has an internal headphone amp with 600ohms that can handle my dt990 600 but I have no idea about the quality of this combination compared to a dedicate external headphone amp
The Xfi doesn't have a powerful headphone amp but it seems to have best windows 7 drivers as I read over the Internet. And I'm a happy user of my actual Xfi extreme music drivers.
Headphone amps: Maverick D1 or Matrix MStage
The maverick is switchable between solid state amp and tube amp for headphones and the mstage has just s state amp. But I don't know if the solid state amp of the maverick device is as good as the solid state dedicated mstage device.
Both of the amps and sound cards have similar prices. The maverick D1 is a DAC but do I really need an external DAC if I have a XFi or Xonar great DAC? Isn't the mstage solid state so much better than the solid state maverick option that it would be better to choose just the solid state solution and give up about the tubes? If you tell me " the maverick solid state amp is as good as the mstage itself " than I choose the maverick and get the tubes option. If you say " the solid state dedicate mstage amp is better than the solid state option of maverick" so I may give up about the tubes and just get the better I can get in this value and go on mstage, whatever the sound card.
Well, this is it, kind of confusing I know, but if anyone would like to help with any kind of tips and experience with any of these devices, I would appreciate it so much.. Thank you for your attention.