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I need the help and the opinions of you fellow headphiles that know far more than I.  I have settled on my set of cans so lets get that out of the way.  Im picking up the 600ohm BayerDynamic DT880 Premiums.  Now what should I do for an amp and dac?  I plan on playing most my tunes out of my MacBook Pro.  

 

Cans- BayerDynamic DT880 Premiums 600ohm

Amp- ?  Thoughts?

DAC- ? Thoughts?

Budget- $500 this is a combined total for the AMP/DAC both.

 

Im looking for opinions on what could make these set of cans really shine.  Any bit of input would be greatly appreciated.

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I need the help and the opinions of you fellow headphiles that know far more than I.  I have settled on my set of cans so lets get that out of the way.  I'm picking up the 600ohm BayerDynamic DT880 Premiums.  Now what should I do for an amp and dac?  I plan on playing most my tunes out of my MacBook Pro.  

 

Cans- BayerDynamic DT880 Premiums 600ohm

Amp- ?  Thoughts?

DAC- ? Thoughts?

Budget- $500 this is a combined total for the AMP/DAC both.

 

I'm looking for opinions on what could make these set of cans really shine.  Any bit of input would be greatly appreciated.

Hopefully your buying the DT880 Premium 600-Ohm used for a good price.

 

Audio-GD NFB-15.32 external DAC/amp, $255+shipping

http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB1532/NFB15.32EN.htm

 

Audio-GD NFB-11.32 external DAC/amp, $340+shipping

http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB1132/NFB11.32EN.htm

post #3 of 6
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I had not searched for used 880's but I imagine it would make sense as they would already be burnt in.  Do you own a pair?  Thanks for the input ill definitely look into that setup.

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I had not searched for used 880's but I imagine it would make sense as they would already be burnt in.  Do you own a pair?  Thanks for the input ill definitely look into that setup.

My DT880 Premium 600-Ohm right now are on my ears and plugged into my NFB-15.32.

Currently new DT880 600-Ohm are selling for $285, which is fairly good as they sometimes they sell for as high as $350.

I was very lucky to get well used DT880 that were in fairly good shape, for a very fair price,

I did spend $35 for brand new EDT-990 V Velour ear pads for them.

post #5 of 6

Those Audio GDs would be a good choice. If you want tubes, maybe look at the Schiit Vali. 

post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

I was looking at some Schiit options.  Has I do like the thought of Tube Amps.  I was originally thinking of going with the Schiit Modi for my DAC and the Valhalla for my amp, but read some reviews that people didn't enjoy the Valhalla too much.  

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