Originally Posted by seag33k
So it doesn't sound like either would be recommended for the DT990 pros. Any other recommendations up to $500 for an AMP/DAC combo?
Not sure if you've already pulled the trigger on your amp but I was in a similar situation and decided to get a couple of amps; the Magni for the majority of my headphones and the Bravo Ocean for headphones that have bright/edgy treble (Beyer 990s, Superlux HD681s, etc.). The Ocean takes the edge off those cans and I honestly feel the midrange improves as well.
Had the Vali been available at the time, I'm not sure whether I'd have gone with it or the Ocean...would've liked to have had that problem! Anyway, now that I know I like tube amps with headphones, I'll probably upgrade both amps after I move into the high-end headphones. But for now, the listening experience is pretty solid for mid-tier equipment.
FWIW, I'm still running them out of the E10's DAC and am currently trying to choose between the Modi and the ODAC for my desktop DAC. I think I'm leaning toward getting the Modi and then also buying a HiFimeDIY Sabre DAC for 'on the go' with my laptop.