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Recommendation for high impedance closed can with Schiit Vali

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I'm a noob and have been reading a lot lately about recommendations on good quality headphone gear. I've had a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50 for almost two years. I was originally hesitant that spending a bunch of money on a headphone and amp would actually make much of a huge difference because I thought the ATH-M50s already sounded great with my Apple MacBook Pro. I decided to start with well respected and neutral cans with an inexpensive amp and DAC. I ended up with Beyerdynamic DT-880 250 ohm with Schiit Vali and a Fiio D03K DAC.

I listen to mostly electronic music, synth pop, EDM, etc. with some rock and jazz. I have to say I'm really impressed with the DT-880 and Vali combo. The ATH-M50s now sound muddy to me even when plugged in to the Vali with Fiio DAC. I really don't have any complaints with my new setup. it was money well sepnt. My problem, however, is that I didn't consider the noise of a semi open can in the office. I work in an open space and I don't want to bother my neighbors.

Can someone recommend a closed can as good or better than the DT-880 with the Vali? I'm waffling around the 250 ohm or higher impedance DT-770 or T-70. Are there any others people recommend?

Thanks in advance for all the help.

-Robert
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Why do you want a high impedance can only?

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I guess I am not locked in to a high impedance headphone.  I have been reading that high impedance headphones tend to be more detailed, which I like.  I also presume that a tube amp like the Vali is better/good at driving high impedance headphones, which is the reason why I bought it over the Magni.  Well, that and I had always been curious about the sound characteristics of tube amps because I have always heard that they have a warmer sound that solid state.

 

So far I'm extremely happy with my choice and feel that the DT-880 250 ohm compliments the Vali to my inexperienced ear. This is another reason why I am asking about recommendations for a closed high impedance headphone to go with the Vali that I can use in the office and not disturb my neighbors.

 

-Robert

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