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post #1 of 25
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Hi, i live in Brazil and i have this once in a year opportunity to buy things from US, and I need your help to decide what is best for me, with a price range around 200~220$

 

I've been looking the HD 598, 558, ATH M50 and other headphones below 200$; but plugging these in an onboard soundcard is worth the price? What soundcards/amps do you recommend? My main music genres are bass-oriented (house, chillstep, electro, rock etc), and I'll be using it for movies and some gaming as well.

 

ps: sorry for my bad english

post #2 of 25

Have you checked the buying guide that is linked on the first page of this thread?  It should answer or at least start to answer your questions.

post #3 of 25
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Have you checked the buying guide that is linked on the first page of this thread?  It should answer or at least start to answer your questions.

 

Ok, I've done some research and i decided to go for the DT990 Pro 250 ohms + Fiio E7 OR  E11. What do you guys think?

post #4 of 25
Of your original choices, M50 goes best with your genres. The V-Modas are worth looking at too, though I don't know anything about using them for games. DT990 is a solid choice for all those genres too, but you should be prepared for its having more treble than the others. I can't comment on those two Fiios, except that I'd be a little concerned about using Fiios, which are themselves reputed to be warm, with bassier headphones.
post #5 of 25

Don't know about the Fiio amps, but the DT 990 is a good pick for a "fun" can.  It is open and has a much bigger sound stage than the closed M50; it is more comfortable (for the vast majority) than the M50; and I find it to have superior sound than the also "V" shaped EQ M50.  The M-50 leaks less; isolates more; and is better suited for portable or on the go use.

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Of your original choices, M50 goes best with your genres. The V-Modas are worth looking at too, though I don't know anything about using them for games. DT990 is a solid choice for all those genres too, but you should be prepared for its having more treble than the others. I can't comment on those two Fiios, except that I'd be a little concerned about using Fiios, which are themselves reputed to be warm, with bassier headphones.

 

What amp/dac do you recommend?

 

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post
 

Don't know about the Fiio amps, but the DT 990 is a good pick for a "fun" can.  It is open and has a much bigger sound stage than the closed M50; it is more comfortable (for the vast majority) than the M50; and I find it to have superior sound than the also "V" shaped EQ M50.  The M-50 leaks less; isolates more; and is better suited for portable or on the go use.

 

M50's costs 50 dollars less than the beyers, can i spend that difference in a better DAC/amp or should i go with 990 + Fiio E7 or E11 (still a dilemma)?

post #7 of 25

I would go with the DT 990 option, but reasonable folks will probably be on both sides of the issue.

post #8 of 25

E7 is a dac/amp. However, E11 is only an amp.

If you intend to use the headphones with laptop, a dac/amp is preferred (such as E7k, E10 or E17). If you want to connect the headphones to the desktop computer, a pci soundcard like Asus Xonar is a good choice (http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-XONAR-Headphone-Audio-Card/dp/B0045JHJSS/).

 

It is normally suggested to spend more for headphones than other equipments like dac/amp. If possible, you could pick DT 990.

post #9 of 25
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E7 is a dac/amp. However, E11 is only an amp.

If you intend to use the headphones with laptop, a dac/amp is preferred (such as E7k, E10 or E17). If you want to connect the headphones to the desktop computer, a pci soundcard like Asus Xonar is a good choice (http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-XONAR-Headphone-Audio-Card/dp/B0045JHJSS/).

 

It is normally suggested to spend more for headphones than other equipments like dac/amp. If possible, you could pick DT 990.

 

The asus DG by itself works fine with DT 990? Or should i buy another amp (my price range is about 220 dollars and the beyers are 150$)

post #10 of 25
You would need only a soundcard or external DAC for M50, but for DT990 you'd need an amp too. Does anyone know if E5 would work as an amp for DT990?
post #11 of 25
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Originally Posted by rubinstein View Post
 

E7 is a dac/amp. However, E11 is only an amp.

If you intend to use the headphones with laptop, a dac/amp is preferred (such as E7k, E10 or E17). If you want to connect the headphones to the desktop computer, a pci soundcard like Asus Xonar is a good choice.

 

It is normally suggested to spend more for headphones than other equipments like dac/amp. If possible, you could pick DT 990.

 

I will use in my desktop computer, but the Asus Xonar DG is good as a fiio? I don't have to buy another amp?


Edited by wintage - 12/30/13 at 3:33pm
post #12 of 25

I think Asus xonar DG can drive phone with an impedance upto 600 Ohm  (I hope that I am not wrong, however, check the technical specification and also review).

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/647040/dt-990-pro-250ohm-without-amp

post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by rubinstein View Post
 

I think Asus xonar DG can drive phone with an impedance upto 600 Ohm  (I hope that I am not wrong, however, check the technical specification and also review).

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/647040/dt-990-pro-250ohm-without-amp

 

Many people seems to notice a lack of volume using only the asus and the beyers. I never had a 'decent' pair of headphones so i don't know how it will sound for me. I think i'm gonna stay with the Fiio E11 (only amp). Will I lose too much without a DAC?

post #14 of 25

it is better to get a dac/amp (E17 or E7k or E10). DAC can improve sound quality by providing clean signal.

post #15 of 25
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it is better to get a dac/amp (E17 or E7k or E10). DAC can improve sound quality by providing clean signal.

 

Is there another soundcard better than the Xonar DG with similar features for ~60$?

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