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Over ears + desktop USB amp/dac under $500 ?

post #1 of 5
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Hi all, first post here.

Figured to give it a try and ask experts on the opinion...

 

I spend several hours a day with my headphones on. The problem is, they're old, worn out, cheap and sucked when they were new, so I decided not to spare on something like that (it's subjective term, but $500 for me is much).

 

I've read/watched numerous reviews of both the headphones and amp/dacs, only to get even more confused.

I don't even know yet should I go with open or closed type headphones. Maybe closed, if I decide to use them with mic while gaming or in case I mustn't bother someone.

 

So what would your opinions be for headphones that are:

- closed

- over ear

- extremely comfortable for long runs / don't get too hot or sweaty during summer

- produce best sound for the money (obviously :p )

- are meant to be used with a USB amp/dac, because my onboard sound card sucks too.

 

Which brings us to the second problem - which USB amp/dac ?

 

I'd appreciate a physical "old school" knob for volume control and that it can produce excellent sound + drive suggested headphones flawlessly.

If possible, it'd be good if it can be shipped worldwide, since I'm in Europe.

 

Now, I've gotten some advices and they are...

 

For headphones:

- Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro (on discount in a local shop - $226)

- Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro (also on discount - $230. I know they're open, but if they're unbelievably good then maybe I'd buy them anyways, use them for music and movies and keep my crappy ones for gaming)

- AKG K551 (a bit over price - $295 in a local shop)

AKG K-240 MkII (on discount in a local shop - $176)

 

For USB amp/dac:

- Fiio E17

- This. (doesn't have a name :D, but they say it has highest quality and latest components inside)

- Nuforce uDAC-3

- Topping D3 - looks the best to me, but I'm a newbie...

 

My genres: everything except rave/techno. If I must, I'd say I slightly prefer rock/pop/metal.

 

That's all the info I got. I never had any high quality headphones (or any other sound component for that matter), so please bear with me :smile:

Thanks!

post #2 of 5

For desktop DAC/Amp consider the Schiit Modi/Magni or Modi/Vali stacks.  They are very popular.

post #3 of 5
post #4 of 5

Another Option is the O2/Odac which is a little above the price of modi/magni

or the NuForce Icon DAC for $300

 

The Nuforce has the most inputs, analog out and combines the two components in one enclosure.

The other two are slightly cheaper and made in america.


Edited by JayDogon - 1/21/14 at 12:14am
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the responses.

And what about this, compared to other amp/dacs that you suggested here: Maverick TubeMagic D1 Plus ?

Costs $240 shipped and looks more "serious" than these little amp/dacs...

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