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DT880 600 Ohm - need SS Amp under $500

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 

Hi, 

 

This is my first thread on this forum, so please be gentle :) 

 

I'm quite new in headphones and after couple tries I've settled to Beyerdynamic DT880 600 ohm - it's just perfect mix for me with SQ, comfort and price.

Now I'm looking for a decent amp to drive it. The only one I've tried so far was FiiO E9K and though SQ wasn't bad, I wasn't really impressed with it and it seems like it lacks a good bit of power. 

The DAC is dedicated, also used for my full range stereo, so it is safe to assume "perfect dac".

I would prefer to stay in solid state camp, don't want to start into woods of tubes rolling.

 

So, anyone who also has DT880/600, what are you using and what you like or dislike about your amp(s)?

 

 

PS: I don't want to limit this thread to DT880/600 and amp only, but let's not morph it into too vague "best amp under $N"

 

Thanks you!

post #2 of 26

I have a DT880 250 ohm, and I love my O2 with it.

post #3 of 26

tubes are better for the 600 ohm beyers imo, they love OTL'swink.gif

post #4 of 26
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

tubes are better for the 600 ohm beyers imo, they love OTL'swink.gif

 

I've used beyers with SS amps tongue.gif

Hybrids also do fine.

 

Check this thread, full of recommendations:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/429371/the-beyerdynamic-dt880-600-ohm-appreciation-discussion-thread/2160 

post #5 of 26
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by fabio-fi View Post

 

I've used beyers with SS amps tongue.gif

Hybrids also do fine.

 

Check this thread, full of recommendations:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/429371/the-beyerdynamic-dt880-600-ohm-appreciation-discussion-thread/2160 

 

Will check, thanks!

 

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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

tubes are better for the 600 ohm beyers imo, they love OTL'swink.gif

 

What makes you to feel so? I would rather avoid the signature from tube.

 

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Originally Posted by wolfetan44 View Post

I have a DT880 250 ohm, and I love my O2 with it.


How much power do you use at comfortable and enjoyable loudness?

post #6 of 26

The Graham solo is a good match for high impedance beyers. 

post #7 of 26
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Originally Posted by tarnumf View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by fabio-fi View Post

 

I've used beyers with SS amps tongue.gif

Hybrids also do fine.

 

Check this thread, full of recommendations:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/429371/the-beyerdynamic-dt880-600-ohm-appreciation-discussion-thread/2160 

 

Will check, thanks!

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

tubes are better for the 600 ohm beyers imo, they love OTL'swink.gif

 

What makes you to feel so? I would rather avoid the signature from tube.

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by wolfetan44 View Post

I have a DT880 250 ohm, and I love my O2 with it.


How much power do you use at comfortable and enjoyable loudness?

25% or a 1/4th of the way.

post #8 of 26
Although tube based, I thought the Valhalla was a brilliant amp for the 880. You don't have to worry about rolling tubes with that one either. You don't have to roll tubes with any amp.
post #9 of 26
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Pudu View Post

You don't have to roll tubes with any amp.

It's not about tubes, it's about me - I certainly will if given that option :) 

post #10 of 26
I don't think you can roll the Valhalla tubes, unless I'm mistaken - you are absolved of responsibility smily_headphones1.gif .
post #11 of 26
Thread Starter 

Tried Valhalla and while I admit it's quite good, I think for now I'll use my Benchmark DAC2 headphone output.


Edited by tarnumf - 2/2/13 at 7:09pm
post #12 of 26
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Originally Posted by wolfetan44 View Post

I have a DT880 250 ohm, and I love my O2 with it.

this, I've never had the 600ohm version but I'm curious if the O2 can hang with them and have some head room on the dial

post #13 of 26

As it happens I own a DT880 600 ohm. I use the CEntrance DACport as a portable DAC+Amp combo and it drives it very well. You could take a look at Schiit Valhalla. You really don't need to roll tubes to get good sound out of it. On the other hand, you could also look for a CEntrance DACmini CX which has the same headphone amplifier as with the DACport only with a much better power supply. The DAC in the DACmini is much talked about for it's prowess. It is well beyond the $500 budget but look for one used or replace your existing DAC with the DACmini, if it's not a step back that is ! But I'm quite sure you'll be happy with the way it drives the DT880.

 

Hope this helps.
 

post #14 of 26

^ ^ ^ ^

 

This

post #15 of 26
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Originally Posted by Pudu View Post

I don't think you can roll the Valhalla tubes, unless I'm mistaken - you are absolved of responsibility smily_headphones1.gif .


Tube rolling is now possible with the Valhalla. Contact Jason of Schiit for more information.

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