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Looking for a new headphone around $200

post #1 of 7
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Hey guys,

I been only using IEMs, but now I wanna get a full sized headphone for using at home with my computer. I mostly listen to Indie rock, and some dubsteps, so I think bass is quite important for me. I been looking at the DT 770 and DT 880, I heard both of them have good bass but seems like the 770s are slightly better in the bass area? I am curious to know their overall performance, which one should I get? I am also considering getting an amp for them, probably just some cheap ones, any suggestions? Also any other headphones around the $200 range are good for my needs?

 

Thanks a lot!

post #2 of 7
If you listen to dubstep more, get the dt770s. If you listen to indie rock more, get the dt880s. If you do not plan to use any dedicated amplifier, make sure the impedence rating is 32 ohms. 80 ohms is fine for computer desktops/workstations, but 250 ohms is for home theater setups.
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I'll say I listen to indie rock more, but is there a big difference in the bass between these two? I am thinking to get an amp for the 250 ohms DTs, but I am not sure which one, I can spend around $100 on amps, any suggestions?

 

Thanks

post #4 of 7
There is not a big difference, but definitely a noticeable difference, since you are comparing a closed back can (dt770) to a semi-open-backed can (dt880). If you are only using it at home, it will usually be plugged into a plug-in source and 250 ohms will usually work fine, but might sound like it is struggling at times without the right equipment. In this case, 250 ohms is fine for either can and if you feel that the sound is struggling at times, you can search for "portable amp shootout" page here on this site.
post #5 of 7
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I am gonna be using them with my laptop. I don't think my laptop have a soundcard or even a decent built in DAC, my laptop is an Asus, it does write Audio by Bang & Olufsen ICEpower though, don't know if thats anything good. I will be only using them at home as I use my IEMs when I go out, so I don't prefer portable amp. I am thinking to get one of the three combos between Schiit magni/modi, JDS O2/ODAC, and HIFIMAN EF2A. Do you know which one of these pairs best with the DTs?

post #6 of 7
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Also, do you think I should get the Pro version for the DTs? Or just the consumer ones? I heard the Pros have deeper bass but weak in soundstage, clarity, etc. 

post #7 of 7
Go for the regular dt and not the pro then, regardless of ohm rating. All of that you mentioned is important to sound quality. Once you get it, try the b&o ice power on your laptop and if (or when) you feel it sounds underpowered, get the o2+odac combo. I will give jds an edge for that matchup.
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