Originally Posted by macrocheesium
They get plenty loud with my E10. If you want a source/amp combo for a relatively low price the E10 would be a great choice. It will at least hold you until you save up enough cash to buy a more powerful amp, which could easily be used together with the E10's line out (that's what I'm doing).
I would strongly suggest staying away from sound cards; why put the extra hassle into upgrading, and tether your listening to one computer, when you could have it all in a convenient transportable box? DACs tend to have a better price/performance ratio too.
Hey Coolzo, nice headphone inventory.
Why thank you, sir! Yours isn't too bad either ;)
I didn't even consider the E10 for some reason, but you're right. I think the OP would be smartest to buy that temporarily until he can afford something better, then he can just upgrade the amp first while still having an external DAC. The Essence isn't too bad of a deal as far as sound cards usually go, however. Although again, you're right about it being somewhat tethered.
Originally Posted by PurpleAngel
I believe your talking about the Beyerdynamic DT990 Premium 600-Ohm, not "Denon".
The Essence ST will power 600-Ohm headphones just fine.
My Essence STX powers my 600-Ohm headphones just fine.
The Beyers are slightly different beasts than your average "600-ohm headphone", there are many more factors than impedance at work. Also, the E9 for me was a huge difference over my old Essence for powering my Senn HD595, which isn't all that hard to drive per se. The Essence would DRIVE the DT990s, for sure, but would they do it WELL? Nah, not particularly. Once more, the HD595s benefited significantly from an external amp.