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Hello Head-Fi! I have been lurking head fi for the past 2 years admiring some of your setups; dreaming of owning a nice setup. I'm a recent grad and currently working as an investment banker. I won a pair of Beyerdynamic DT 770 pro 250Ω. I decided I should get an amp for the pair, only problem is I don't know where to start. I am confident that I will be getting better headphones in the future such as the Audeze LCD-3, T90's and HE-400's. I'm willing to spend up to $750 USD for an amp. I'd also take DAC recommendations, but not looking to buy one at this moment.

 

This is my first post, and will not be my last. I am excited to finally be apart of this community!

Thanks!

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What source(s) will you be plugging the headphones (DT770) into?

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Ill be using them with my computer.

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Any suggestions?

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Well, are you wanting something all-in-one? Do you want balanced or SE amp? What quality of music are you using? A very good for the price amp is the NFB-10ES2. Has SE, and balanced, has lots of umph, plays a variety of sample/bit rate, and can come with a handy remote. 

 

Another option would be an amp/dac from Schiit. Again depends on what you want from the amp/dac. Take a look at their site and look up reviews of them here on head-fi. Some great information on this site. 

 

 


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Thanks! Ive been reading a lot of reviews on on an all in one system vs a separate amp/dac. I'll definitely look into what I want from an amp before just buying one.
 

Thanks again for the response.

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No problem. Let us know if you have anymore questions. For more detailed information on dac/amps you will get more information over in the amp section, but welcome to head-fi!

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Originally Posted by KCxSmacker View Post

No problem. Let us know if you have anymore questions. For more detailed information on dac/amps you will get more information over in the amp section, but welcome to head-fi!

Thanks! I plan on stopping by more often. Lots and lots of work though. Catch you around!

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Originally Posted by KCxSmacker View Post

Well, are you wanting something all-in-one? Do you want balanced or SE amp? What quality of music are you using? A very good for the price amp is the NFB-10ES2. Has SE, and balanced, has lots of umph, plays a variety of sample/bit rate, and can come with a handy remote. 

 

Another option would be an amp/dac from Schiit. Again depends on what you want from the amp/dac. Take a look at their site and look up reviews of them here on head-fi. Some great information on this site. 

 

 


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I'm actually upgrading from a oDac and Matrix M Stage to the NFB 10.32

 

KCx how much better is the ES2 over the 10.32 model of that unit? Worth the extra $100 dollars 

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I'm actually upgrading from a oDac and Matrix M Stage to the NFB 10.32

 

KCx how much better is the ES2 over the 10.32 model of that unit? Worth the extra $100 dollars 

They main difference that made me change was the different dac. The filter is nice too.( Not a big deal though) Also I liked all the headphone plugs being to the far right and side by side. Only trade off is no volume knob. I have not heard the 10.32 model, but I felt the upgraded dac was worth it by itself. That being said I know the 10.32 has a great dac. 

 

 

Note to others: we are talking about the 10.32 that is now known as the 10.33 and not the 10.32 reference. 

 

 

cheers

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Originally Posted by KCxSmacker View Post

They main difference that made me change was the different dac. The filter is nice too.( Not a big deal though) Also I liked all the headphone plugs being to the far right and side by side. Only trade off is no volume knob. I have not heard the 10.32 model, but I felt the upgraded dac was worth it by itself. That being said I know the 10.32 has a great dac. 

 

 

Note to others: we are talking about the 10.32 that is now known as the 10.33 and not the 10.32 reference. 

 

 

cheers

I ended up going with the ES2, at $20 more [due to a promo KingWa is doing] I figured what the heck you know. And Screw the volume knob, is there like a Hold Feature [for continues volume adjustment] or is it LITERALLY one by one by one, which again is not a big deal honestly, and if it is a Big deal... I'll get over it xD 

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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post

I ended up going with the ES2, at $20 more [due to a promo KingWa is doing] I figured what the heck you know. And Screw the volume knob, is there like a Hold Feature [for continues volume adjustment] or is it LITERALLY one by one by one, which again is not a big deal honestly, and if it is a Big deal... I'll get over it xD 

Sorry for the late reply. Yes, there is hold to adjust. Grats on the new equipment. Hope you enjoy it ^_^!

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Sorry for the late reply. Yes, there is hold to adjust. Grats on the new equipment. Hope you enjoy it ^_^!

Indeed although... I'm trying to get a portable rig as well, Hm 801 and iBasso PB2 for use with my Beyer dt 880 600 ohm [Balanced ofc]

 

So I wonder how the PB2 DB2 stack compares to the ES2 [porably not to far BEHIND, but behind ofc]

 

Still need to sell off my K550 and Jds Labs C5 before I can even think about the ibasso PB2 [thankfully my Beyer is balanced so I can take all that YUMMY power out of the PB2s balanced output]  

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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post

Indeed although... I'm trying to get a portable rig as well, Hm 801 and iBasso PB2 for use with my Beyer dt 880 600 ohm [Balanced ofc]

 

So I wonder how the PB2 DB2 stack compares to the ES2 [porably not to far BEHIND, but behind ofc]

 

Still need to sell off my K550 and Jds Labs C5 before I can even think about the ibasso PB2 [thankfully my Beyer is balanced so I can take all that YUMMY power out of the PB2s balanced output]  

Nice. I too am waiting for my portable rig. I however decided to go with the Hi-fi M8. Just waiting on the shipment to be built and sent out. Will probably use Alpha Dogs combined with them. ^_^

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Originally Posted by KCxSmacker View Post

Nice. I too am waiting for my portable rig. I however decided to go with the Hi-fi M8. Just waiting on the shipment to be built and sent out. Will probably use Alpha Dogs combined with them. ^_^

well the good news is I just ot a used Pb1 [perfect condition] for $55 :O 

 

chances are the PB2 sounds better, and it does not have the noisy knob issue [a common issues with even new pb1s] still at 1/6th the price of a pb2 I have 0 room to complain! Although I still have to buy the CB11 apdater, so I can use my balanced Dt 880 through the balance headphone out on the pb2 

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