Originally Posted by DavePCCH
I'm fairly new to audio, and just recently got interested in this subject. I've been an enthusiastic techy, from building my own computers to photography, 3D and programming, and now audio interests me. I want to improve my audio at home, and with Christmas coming up, I might get headphones as a present from my parents. I would appreciate some advice.
I've looked into the Schiit-Stack (Magni and Modi) DAC and Amp combo, but recently have decided against it a little bit. What I'm looking into right now is:
Asus Xonar D2X Soundcard (open box)
Feeding to a Little Dot MK II (used) tube amp
and then to either Beyerdynamic DT 990 or 880 (unsure of ohm so far).
What do you think?
Any suggestions? I've heard that the Beyers work well with a tube amp, which is why I'm looking into that, and it's looking as if I can get it for a decent price.
As your getting a headphone amplifier, there is no reason for paying the higher prices of the 32-Ohm version(s).
The 250-Ohm versions are the "safe" ones.
The DT990 is full bass and full treble, which slightly over shadows the mids, but the mids are clear.
I like to think of the DT990s as the "movie theater" type sound.
The DT880s are a more balanced sound (slightly bright).
If you went for the 600-Ohm versions (DT880/DT990), buy used, new ones just too much of a mark up, for the slight increase is audio quality.
The DT990 600-Ohm has a more noticeable improvement over the DT990 250-Ohm, then the DT880 600-Ohm has over the DT880 250-Ohm.
I guess for the price, the DT880 Pro 250-Ohm would be the top pick.
When it comes to the DT990s (250 or 600), I think it's better to pay the extra cash for the 600-Ohm, better bass control.
The Premium label it's self does not reflect audio quality, just slightly less grip, it's the numbers (250 or 600) that count.
Technically, if price was not a factor, I think most people (normal and not bassheads) would prefer the DT880 600-Ohm.