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post #1 of 41
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So I'm planning on getting the DT880s and i have a few questions. I don't know if i should get the 32 ohm or the 600 ohm and i will get a dac and amp if i should. I am also on a budget (about 300 for the dac and amp), I'm mostly going to be using them for gaming and music (Coldplay, Bon Iver, Love, Nick Drake etc.). If i get the 32 ohm should i even get a  dac and amp, I'm currently looking at the E09K and E17 (if you know of something better to use please tell me).

 

 

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post #2 of 41
Usually the DT880 Pro 250 ohm are cheaper. I'd go for them if that's the case. They will definitely need an amp, and it's worth getting a DAC because they are very resolving headphones. You would appreciate the better detail over computer headphone output.

E17 will drive them fine, but I see you mention the E09K as well. If you don't have a use for the portability of the E17, there are better options, such as the Schiit Modi and Magni. And if you don't need the DAC in the E17 for portability, but still want a portable amp, I'd get the Asus Xonar DX (or D1) and the Fiio E12. The E12 has a better headphone amp than the E17.

So are you hooking the DT880s up to something other than your computer? If so, what kind of source (iPhone, mp3 player, etc.)?
post #3 of 41
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Usually the DT880 Pro 250 ohm are cheaper. I'd go for them if that's the case. They will definitely need an amp, and it's worth getting a DAC because they are very resolving headphones. You would appreciate the better detail over computer headphone output.

E17 will drive them fine, but I see you mention the E09K as well. If you don't have a use for the portability of the E17, there are better options, such as the Schiit Modi and Magni. And if you don't need the DAC in the E17 for portability, but still want a portable amp, I'd get the Asus Xonar DX (or D1) and the Fiio E12. The E12 has a better headphone amp than the E17.

So are you hooking the DT880s up to something other than your computer? If so, what kind of source (iPhone, mp3 player, etc.)?

 

I'm mostly just on a budget for the dac and amp not the headphones i will be using them on pc and sometimes on my s4 and dont really need the portability too much

post #4 of 41
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forgot to add this to my previous post i will need it to be portable enough if i were to stay the night at someones house but that is not essential

post #5 of 41
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So I'm planning on getting the DT880s and i have a few questions. I don't know if i should get the 32 ohm or the 600 ohm and i will get a DAC and amp if i should. I am also on a budget (about 300 for the dac and amp), I'm mostly going to be using them for gaming and music (Coldplay, Bon Iver, Love, Nick Drake etc.). If i get the 32 ohm should i even get a DAC and amp, I'm currently looking at the E09K and E17 (if you know of something better to use please tell me).

Asus Xonar DX or D1 sound card, used $60.

Schiit Magni headphone amplifier, $99.

Get the DT880 Pro 250-Ohm headphones.

post #6 of 41
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i use a laptop im not sure if it will be a very simple task replacing the sound card but i will open it up and see sometime

post #7 of 41
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people say the 600 ohm sounds the best, does anyone know which one will give a game more of a cinematic feel?

post #8 of 41
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I use a laptop I'm not sure if it will be a very simple task replacing the sound card but I will open it up and see sometime

I assumed you were using a desktop PC, please do not open up the laptop, not needed.

Does the laptop come with S/PDIF optical output?

 

Or get an Asus Xonar U3 USB sound card ($40 and comes with an optical output) and get an external DAC/amp with an optical connection.

The U3 can process gaming audio and the DAC/amp can drive the DT880 Pro 250-Ohm headphones.

For a DAC/amp, maybe the Mavrick Audio TubeMagic D1, $200.

post #9 of 41
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People say the 600 ohm sounds the best, does anyone know which one will give a game more of a cinematic feel?

The DT880 Premium 600-Ohm is slightly better then the DT880 Pro 250-Ohm (I own both).

But the slightly quality increase you get is not really worth the DT880 Premium 600-Ohm much high price.

post #10 of 41

You'll want to read this:

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/comparison-beyerdynamic-dt-880-32-ohm-dt-880-250-ohm-and-dt-880-600-ohm-headphones

post #11 of 41
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yes it does come with an S/PDIF out port

post #12 of 41
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so i guess the 250 ohm is probably the best for general use?

post #13 of 41
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Yes it does come with an S/PDIF outport

You could plug the Tubemagic D1 into the laptops's S/PDIF optical port and use the laptop's built in audio sound card, not sure how good it is for gaming.

Or plug the Fiio E17 into the laptops optical port (use built in sound card)

Just depends on what DAC/amp you get.

Instead of getting the E17/E09K combo, just get the E17.

Maybe buy a headphone like the Audio Technica ATH-AD900X ($200) or Philips X1/28 Fidelio ($280)

Both headphones are under 50-Ohm, so very easy for the E17 to drive.

Guess the E17 can drive the DT880 250-Ohm.

post #14 of 41
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can the tubemagic be used with USB

post #15 of 41
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Can the TubeMagic be used with USB

Tube Magic D1 comes with USB and S/PDIF (optical & coaxial) inputs.

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