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post #16 of 18

As long as your soundcard can output a clean, undistorted, line-level signal you'll get more for your money at this point by putting it into an amp and headphones in my opinion. As far as amps the magni or E12 would be a better option than the E11. The magni and E12 both output over 800mw, so they'll drive most any headphone that requires alot of current (lower ohm headphones like the 32 ohm DT line). Anything higher like the 250 ohm DT990's are best driven by an output transformerless tube amplifier. 

I owned the 250 and 600 ohm dt880's at one point and they didn't sound so good until adding an OTL amp into the mix. 

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Originally Posted by FunyunBreath View Post

As long as your soundcard can output a clean, undistorted, line-level signal . . .

The Xonar DG has a headphone amp built in, not a line level out.
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The magni and E12 both output over 800mw, so they'll drive most any headphone that requires alot of current (lower ohm headphones like the 32 ohm DT line).

That's a meaningless number. Only meaningful when associated with the output at a particular impedance rating since headphone amps vary in power vs output impedance. So the Magni is rated 260mW into 300 ohms. Since the DT990 have a nominal impedance of 250 ohm and a maximum rated power input of 100mw, the Magni will more than drive them with room to spare. Plus, the DT990 have a sensitivity rating of 96 db. Thus, they would easily reach over 105db with 100mw of power. That's plenty loud.
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Anything higher like the 250 ohm DT990's are best driven by an output transformerless tube amplifier. 
I owned the 250 and 600 ohm dt880's at one point and they didn't sound so good until adding an OTL amp into the mix. 

While I don't dispute that some people prefer tube amps, a lot of people are quite happy driving 250 ohm headphones with solid state amps.
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To me, it's worth the extra money for the better built in DAC, too, over just getting the headphone amp to hook up to the Xonar DG.

My suggestion would be use the DT990s for a few weeks with your Xonar DG. Get used to them and let them break in. Then get either the Creative Titanium HD or Xonar STX from Amazon. Try it out. If you don't feel the difference is worth the price, RMA it. If you buy from Amazon or Fulfilled by Amazon (not 3rd party vendors who do their own shipping), probably not more than $10 or $12 to send back with Amazon's prepaid shipping.

Good idea, makes sense. Thanks for your help, I think I am set now!

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