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DT770 250ohm + (not too expensive) headphone amp vs DT770 80 ohm + no amp?

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How would these two cases compare (on a laptop)? How would the bass fare?

 The reason I am asking is that the 80 ohm version appears to be more expensive on amazon.com, and it there is a benefit to the amp, I might get the 250ohm verson and use the saved money towards an amp. Maybe a ZO2

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I can't say anything about the 250 version since I never used or own a pair. I do own the 80ohm version and I find the bass to be decent. I own a O2 amp, but use a Nuforce uDac at work. Without any sort of amp, I find that I need to turn the volume higher and the bass is definitely lacking.  With an amp the sound is more clear, the bass is present and lower volumes provide audible vocals.

post #3 of 9

im an owner of the 250 ohm version and i can tell you that my laptop, and even my phone can "drive" these headphones just fine, with plenty of headroom on the volume knob.

 

however, an amp definitely makes an improvement, and i think most people would recommend that you get an amp regardless of the impedance you decide upon.

 

iv never heard the 80 ohm version, but the general impression here, as i see it, is that these are the most bassy of the bunch. i imagine that IF theres a difference its a small one, but again, i wouldnt know. 

 

so to answer you question, i think most people would tell you to get the 80 ohm version, and an amp. you may want to pay a visit to the zo thread in the portable amp forum though. i dont have a zo but i think its more of a sub woofer than an amp, but i may be wrong, and youll get a proper answer over there. 

post #4 of 9

adamlr is right. The *general* consensus is that the DT 770/880/990 don't perform their best unless amped properly and that the higher ohm versions are slightly superior. So most head-fi'ers would probably tell you to get the 250 ohm version and an amp.

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Originally Posted by devhen View Post

adamlr is right. The *general* consensus is that the DT 770/880/990 don't perform their best unless amped properly and that the higher ohm versions are slightly superior. So most head-fi'ers would probably tell you to get the 250 ohm version and an amp.

 

 

Interesting....I thought most were recommending the 80 ohm version (that version is also priced higher).

post #6 of 9

I own both the Pro 80-Ohm and Pro 250-Ohm.

I do prefer the 250-Ohm

I do recommend get a headphone amplifier to go with it.

 

What source(s) are going to plugging the headphone and amp, into?

What budget do you have for a headphone amplifier?

post #7 of 9

I have the 80 version and keep it in rotation with my other closed back semi portable collection.  semi portable means I use it in the coffee shop, library, on I the deck etc.  I don't use them while walking around.

 

I think it is very important to consider the source when determining if an amp is necessary.  I use an IPod classic as a source.  The IPod can provide enough volume to drive them by itself.  However you are pushing the limits somewhat.  Personally I think every full sized can I have benifits greatly by using a line out and an amp.  The line out is key.  Even my E11 does a very good job.  Everything is cleaner, and more detailed.  sharp knife vs. dull knife.  The tone is fuller as well.  dark german beer vs. Bud.  I have 2 other portable amps that are a bit better than the e11, but not by much.

 

My advise is to buy an amp if you want to get the full value out of the 770's regardless of the version.

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

I own both the Pro 80-Ohm and Pro 250-Ohm.

I do prefer the 250-Ohm

I do recommend get a headphone amplifier to go with it.

 

What source(s) are going to plugging the headphone and amp, into?

What budget do you have for a headphone amplifier?

 

Source: my laptop.

 

With my usual cheapo headphones that I've had, I havent had a problem with volume being low (usually I set it around 50%)

 

Budget: Prolly around $100 for an amp. I will also prolly get the ZO2.3 to chain it with for bass.

 

Why do you have both the 80 and 250 ohm versions?

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Originally Posted by DexterMorgan View Post

 

Source: my laptop.

With my usual cheapo headphones that I've had, I havent had a problem with volume being low (usually I set it around 50%)

Budget: Prolly around $100 for an amp. I will also prolly get the ZO2.3 to chain it with for bass.

Why do you have both the 80 and 250 ohm versions?

I first bought the 80-Ohm version, like it. decided I would get the 250-Ohm version, liked the 250-Ohm better, just have not gotten around to selling the 80-Ohm.

I get a slightly attachment to my headphones.

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