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post #1 of 10
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Hi there, I'm new here and this is my first post, so i apologize in advance for any silly things i might say. I'm looking for a good desktop amp and DAC to pair with my Beyerdynamic DT880 600ohm headphones. I have an interest in a tube amp, as i've heard good things about them. I have around $300 to spend, but i could potentially save up to $400. any suggestions are appreciated, thanks!

post #2 of 10

For a DAC, check out:
Schiit Modi
JDS labs ODAC

For an amp:

Schiit Magni
JDS labs O2 (both of these are solid state... might not be the best choice if you find the DT880 to be on the bright side already)

Schiit Vali (New tube amp coming out in about 2 weeks. Nobody has heard it yet except for a few beta testers, but impressions seem positive)

Little Dot 1+, MKII, or MKIII (All tube amps. I have the MKIII and thought it paired well with my DT990. The MKII and MKIII are OTL tube amps, which means they are well suited to 600 ohm headphones)
Bravo Ocean (cheap tube amp)

Combo units:
Audio GD NFB-15.32 or NFB-11.32 (I think the difference is just the DAC chip, but not really sure)
Aune T1
 

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thank you, very helpful!

post #4 of 10

No problem. Also, I forget to mention, Bravo makes a bunch of less expensive amps than the Ocean. The Ocean has a bit of a cult following though. 

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Combo units:
Audio GD NFB-15.32 or NFB-11.32 (I think the difference is just the DAC chip, but not really sure)
Aune T1

My Audio-GD NFB-1532 arrived about 10 days ago, so far nothing to complain about.

Does a fine job of driving my 600-Ohm Beyerdynamic headphones, plenty of power.

Comes with USB/coaxial/optical inputs and a separate line-out, along with the headphone amplifier output.

The 15.32 ($255+shipping) uses dual WM8741 DAC chips, give it a musical and smooth audio.

Where as the 11.32 ($299 to $339 + shipping) uses a single Sabre ES9018 DAC chip and offers a little more detail, then the 15.32.

Sometimes a used Audio-GD goes for up sale on Head-Fi's "Amplifier for Sale" thread.

post #6 of 10

I know a few guys like tubes with Beyers, but the Matrix M-stage Dac/amp does a fine job. 

post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by formula1 View Post
 

I know a few guys like tubes with Beyers, but the Matrix M-stage Dac/amp does a fine job. 

 

Thanks, I'll check it out!

post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by iogashi View Post
 

 

Thanks, I'll check it out!

You could also try the Little Dot MK III with a Schiit Modi! The LD III has favorable impressions with the DT 880 600 

 

although I use an Audio GD Solid State with my 600 ohm :3 and before that I used a Maxrix M Stage xD, I owned a few Hybrid Tubes like the Bravo... and I ended up liking solid states better 

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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post
 

You could also try the Little Dot MK III with a Schiit Modi! The LD III has favorable impressions with the DT 880 600 

 

although I use an Audio GD Solid State with my 600 ohm :3 and before that I used a Maxrix M Stage xD, I owned a few Hybrid Tubes like the Bravo... and I ended up liking solid states better 


A friend of mine has the Audio GD....might go see if I can test it out. Seems like it's worth the trip.

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A friend of mine has the Audio GD....might go see if I can test it out. Seems like it's worth the trip.

Do try it! Let us know how you enjoy it

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