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Hello,

I am just beginning to have a new setup for my laptop. I am very new on computer audio setup as I had only been using IEMs and portable devices. Recently I bought myself a DT 880 (250 ohm) along with a Schiit Magni amp. They do sound nice but I really want my DT to sound warmer with a bit more bass impact because I mainly listen to Indie rock and dubsteps, so a bit more bass and a warmer sound would sound better for me. Currently I am thinking whether I should get a DAC to pair with my Magni or replace the Magni with another Amp for this setup. What do you guys think I should do? For DAC, I am thinking Cambridge Audio Dacmagic and Maverick Audio Tubemagic D1 Plus. Will either of these two DAC pairs well with my Magni amp and DT 880 to get the sound I want? Which one do you guys think will better suit my needs? I am not sure what amp to get if I want to replace the Magni, but people have been saying tube amps produce warmer sound? My budget is around $300. Please give me some advice and any other suggestions are welcomed.

 

Thanks a lot!

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Hello,

I am just beginning to have a new setup for my laptop. I am very new on computer audio setup as I had only been using IEMs and portable devices. Recently I bought myself a DT 880 (250 ohm) along with a Schiit Magni amp. They do sound nice but I really want my DT to sound warmer with a bit more bass impact because I mainly listen to Indie rock and dubsteps, so a bit more bass and a warmer sound would sound better for me. Currently I am thinking whether I should get a DAC to pair with my Magni or replace the Magni with another Amp for this setup. What do you guys think I should do? For DAC, I am thinking Cambridge Audio Dacmagic and Maverick Audio Tubemagic D1 Plus. Will either of these two DAC pairs well with my Magni amp and DT 880 to get the sound I want? Which one do you guys think will better suit my needs? I am not sure what amp to get if I want to replace the Magni, but people have been saying tube amps produce warmer sound? My budget is around $300. Please give me some advice and any other suggestions are welcomed.

 

Thanks a lot!

The Magni is a pretty bright amp so I'd start with getting rid of that. If you want warmth, go with tubes. Hybrids like the Aune T1 (DAC/amp) and offerings from Little Dot are excellent for their price point. 

 

With regards to DAC, you can't really go wrong with the ODAC or the Schiit Modi, both are rather neutral and well-regarded around head-fi. 

 

You can pick up a T1 for under $200 and that would cover your amp AND DAC needs while an ODAC can be had for $100, leaving you with $200 for a separate amp.

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