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post #31 of 38
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E9 is a fine choice; was going to suggest it before you found it. smily_headphones1.gif

What soundcard do you have though? It might be able to do this all by itself.

I currently have the Xonar DG that I bought a little over a year back, nothing special but it has always done its job. I just don't know if I'd be better off with something else or not with the new headphones. Thoughts? I basically want a device that will improve the quality of my music as well as simulate surround sound for when I game.

I do have an Marantz SR-6005 which is great when I'm listening to music/watching movies on that (headphones or speakers) but I'm trying to figure out what route to take with my computer.

post #32 of 38
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I currently have the Xonar DG that I bought a little over a year back, nothing special but it has always done its job. I just don't know if I'd be better off with something else or not with the new headphones. Thoughts? I basically want a device that will improve the quality of my music as well as simulate surround sound for when I game.


I do have an Marantz SR-6005 which is great when I'm listening to music/watching movies on that (headphones or speakers) but I'm trying to figure out what route to take with my computer.


The Xonar will do the surround feature for the headphones (Dolby Headphones), I'm not sure about it's headphone amp (it has one, but I don't know much about it). The Marantz would be a fine choice in lieu of the E9 as well, if you can fit it in around your PC or are fine using it. As far as "improve quality" - good quality files, good headphones, and sufficient amplification, and you're pretty much good - no point in spending a fortune on a headphone amplifier.
post #33 of 38

The Xonar has a built in headphone amp in the DG model (I have it, and use it regularly especially when I work from home).

 

By the way, if you haven't already made the purchase, do you have a Guitar Center near you?  The one near me opened up several pairs of headphones for me to test out so I could hear them for myself.  That really helped me make my decision (Beyer DT770-Pro80).
 

post #34 of 38
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The Xonar will do the surround feature for the headphones (Dolby Headphones), I'm not sure about it's headphone amp (it has one, but I don't know much about it). The Marantz would be a fine choice in lieu of the E9 as well, if you can fit it in around your PC or are fine using it. As far as "improve quality" - good quality files, good headphones, and sufficient amplification, and you're pretty much good - no point in spending a fortune on a headphone amplifier.

Sounds good, I know a bit about the DG amp. It is pretty good but I believe it is really suppose to amplify headphones up to 150 ohms. I'd love to use the marantz but it's going to be too much hassle to get the computer hooked up to it because of where it is at with my home theater system. I'm pretty sure that I will end up getting the E09K and continue using the DG soundcard (for Dolby Headphones) with the headphone I choose (Leaning towards the D-770-Pro 250).

 

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The Xonar has a built in headphone amp in the DG model (I have it, and use it regularly especially when I work from home).

 

By the way, if you haven't already made the purchase, do you have a Guitar Center near you?  The one near me opened up several pairs of headphones for me to test out so I could hear them for myself.  That really helped me make my decision (Beyer DT770-Pro80).
 


I think I am going to go for the DT770-Pro 250 but I may check out the guitar center regardless. Thanks for the suggestion.


Edited by Breaker - 1/18/13 at 4:50pm
post #35 of 38
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Sounds good, I know a bit about the DG amp. It is pretty good but I believe it is really suppose to amplify headphones up to 150 ohms. I'd love to use the marantz but it's going to be too much hassle to get the computer hooked up to it because of where it is at with my home theater system. I'm pretty sure that I will end up getting the E09K and continue using the DG soundcard (for Dolby Headphones) with the headphone I choose (Leaning towards the D-770-Pro 250).

Yeah, I found that 150R value too - but it didn't provide specs like power output or similar. My guess is that they should be believed though, and that it would probably struggle a bit with the Beyers - the E9 on the other hand will have no problem with more or less any headphone you want, save for a few exotics, and will tackle 200-300R cans just dandy (I haven't personally tried the DT770, but the E9 had no issues with my HD 580 or T70).
post #36 of 38
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Okay so I ordered both headphones and I'm going to keep the one I like best. They should be delivered in a couple days but I have one quick question.

When I test them both out side by side, I want to make sure I'm hearing both at their best. I know I will have no problem powering the a900x but I am unsure about the dt770. The marantz sr-6005 should be able to adequately power the dt770-250 right? I don't want to order the fiio E09k unless I actually decide on the dt770.

post #37 of 38

Ok, you say you like clean bass, I do too. I consider myself to be a basshead, but I have to say, I love the AKG Q701. I know where you are coming from, and although the Q701 are "bass light" to a lot of people, I find them to be just right in that respect. They are very neutral sounding, but the bass is the tightest I have heard. Very very clean. I enjoy listening to hip hop and electronic music on them for this reason. I believe they are very good in this category. That's just my opinion though.

post #38 of 38
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Ok, you say you like clean bass, I do too. I consider myself to be a basshead, but I have to say, I love the AKG Q701. I know where you are coming from, and although the Q701 are "bass light" to a lot of people, I find them to be just right in that respect. They are very neutral sounding, but the bass is the tightest I have heard. Very very clean. I enjoy listening to hip hop and electronic music on them for this reason. I believe they are very good in this category. That's just my opinion though.

Thanks, I may check them out after I compare the two I have ordered. Could you compare the presence of the bass to either of the two I have ordered?

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