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Which amp would you take for a Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro?

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
Hello all!

I thought a lot about headphones: which would be the best one, which has got the best sound... And so on.
So, I'm now probably going to buy the Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro, which has got 250 ohm. I already own some sources, but no amp yet.
My current sources are:
- An apple IPod touch 4g
- A pioneer AV revceiver VSX-322
- A DJ Tech/Scott DJX 10i

Of course, to put the Beyer's plug into my iPod is not the best way to drive the headphones.
But I don't know if my Pioneer receiver would get everything of clarity, bass and volume out of the Beyers.
If not, I'd like to buy an amplifier. It doesn't have to be full size one, it may also be portable. My budget is up to 100€.

Well, I need your advice:
- Do you think a Pioneer Receiver - or my DJX 10i - would be good to drive a 250 Ohm headphone (and would it get nice sound out of it)
- Or should I buy an amp.?

Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 29
Thread Starter 
Or have you got a proposition for a good amp in this price range? What about the Fiio models, or an electric avenues' ? Do you think they'd make the sound better?
post #3 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nati123 View Post

I thought a lot about headphones: which would be the best one, which has got the best sound... And so on.
So, I'm now probably going to buy the Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro, which has got 250 ohm. I already own some sources, but no amp yet.
My current sources are:
- An apple IPod touch 4g
- A pioneer AV revceiver VSX-322
- A DJ Tech/Scott DJX 10i
Of course, to put the Beyer's plug into my iPod is not the best way to drive the headphones.
But I don't know if my Pioneer receiver would get everything of clarity, bass and volume out of the Beyers.
If not, I'd like to buy an amplifier. It doesn't have to be full size one, it may also be portable. My budget is up to 100€.
Well, I need your advice:
- Do you think a Pioneer Receiver - or my DJX 10i - would be good to drive a 250 Ohm headphone (and would it get nice sound out of it)
- Or should I buy an amp.?

For the iPod 4g, the Fiio E11 (with Fiio L cable) should do the job.

The Pioneer's headphone output should work well with 250-Ohm headphones.

I know zero about the DJ Tech/Scott DJX 10i

post #4 of 29

Some friends use that kind of Dj mixers with ipod dock and the headphone out is not strong enough. It will be fine with headphones of 32ohm impedance to 60ohm probably. 

post #5 of 29
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

For the iPod 4g, the Fiio E11 (with Fiio L cable) should do the job.
The Pioneer's headphone output should work well with 250-Ohm headphones.
I know zero about the DJ Tech/Scott DJX 10i

Ok, thank you! Looks good, and also the ratings and reviews are good. Is there any way to use a DAC with my iPod? There's an iPad Camera-adapter, with which you can avoid the IPod DAC, but can you use it also with an iPod? Or is there another way? Thanks in advance :-)
post #6 of 29
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jackwess View Post

Some friends use that kind of Dj mixers with ipod dock and the headphone out is not strong enough. It will be fine with headphones of 32ohm impedance to 60ohm probably. 

Thank you! If my calculations are right, 250 ohm are more than 32/60 ohm, so I should really buy an amp or use my AV receiver ;-)
post #7 of 29
Thread Starter 
I'd like to tell you, that I ordered the Fiio E11 today. It's a bundle-pack with the Fiio L-plug.
When it's here, I'm going to tell you something about it.

Cheers! :-)
post #8 of 29
Thread Starter 
Hi Guys!

I got the Fiio a few days ago, and I've already had some time to test it. I'm really happy with it. It produces a nice atmosphere, a very nice fullness of sound and the bass equalizer is kind of awesome. I think I can hear even more details than before, because the mids seem to be more present. And of course, also in the highs are more details now. My iPod isn't able to get everything out of my Sennheiser HD 439, so I missed some features of the Sennheiser's... I'm looking forward to test the Fiio with a Beyerdynamic smily_headphones1.gif
Thank you!
Edited by Nati123 - 1/25/13 at 10:09am
post #9 of 29
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Originally Posted by Nati123 View Post

Hi Guys!

I got the Fiio a few days ago, and I've already had some time to test it. I'm really happy with it. It produces a nice atmosphere, a very nice fullness of sound and the bass equalizer is kind of awesome. I think I can hear even more details than before, because the mids seem to be more present. And of course, also in the highs are more details now. My iPod isn't able to get everything out of my Sennheiser HD 439, so I missed some features of the Sennheiser's... I'm looking forward to test the Fiio with a Beyerdynamic smily_headphones1.gif
Thank you!

 

Glad you are enjoying your setup. smile.gif

Cheers

post #10 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nati123 View Post

Hi Guys!

I got the Fiio a few days ago, and I've already had some time to test it. I'm really happy with it. It produces a nice atmosphere, a very nice fullness of sound and the bass equalizer is kind of awesome. I think I can hear even more details than before, because the mids seem to be more present. And of course, also in the highs are more details now. My iPod isn't able to get everything out of my Sennheiser HD 439, so I missed some features of the Sennheiser's... I'm looking forward to test the Fiio with a Beyerdynamic smily_headphones1.gif
Thank you!

Nice!

post #11 of 29
Thread Starter 
Final update:
I ordered the Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro a few minutes ago from thomann, for 200$.
I can't wait to test them with my Fiio ;-)
What do you think, should I choose the high-impedance option or the low-impedance option? 250 ohm are quite much...
Thanks in advance
post #12 of 29

The E11 will run FINE with the 250 ohm version.


Edited by jackwess - 2/13/13 at 8:27pm
post #13 of 29

The E11 barely drives my DT880 Pro's, I would seriously look into the C&C BH amp for a few bucks more 300mW of output will drive the 250Ω for sure.

 

Check this thread here:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/644363/c-c-bh-portable-headphone-amp-80-hours-from-a-single-charge-buyer-review

 

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Edited by TrollDragon - 2/13/13 at 8:50pm
post #14 of 29
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Originally Posted by TrollDragon View Post

The E11 barely drives my DT880 Pro's, I would seriously look into the C&C BH amp for a few bucks more 300mW of output will drive the 250Ω for sure.

 

Check this thread here:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/644363/c-c-bh-portable-headphone-amp-80-hours-from-a-single-charge-buyer-review

 

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When using the DT880 Pros with the E11, do you have the E11's voltage and gain switches set on high?

post #15 of 29

Hey PurpleAngel

 

Yes all set to High, inside and out.

This is from my Colorfly C3, if the source flac file's level is very good then the E11 will drive the 880's with the volume at 8/10 for a really good listening level, I've never had the volume above 4/10 for my HFI-780's on the E11 as a comparison. The 'Sones are only 35Ω and both cans have the same 96dB/mW sensitivity...

Now my E17 in that same setup with the same files only requires 40/60 to get the same volume. This I attribute to the gain setting of +12 on the E17 as I am not sure what the gain values are on the E11.

 

I was suggesting that the C&C BH might just be a better option...

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