Originally Posted by sureshot1234
Trying to choose between these 2 headphones not sure which one to get will be used for gaming, music(electronic,alternative,classical) and movies run off my Asus Xonar Essence STX sound card.
which do you prefer/recommend and why thanks for your help :D
DT880 are neutral headphones (just a tad bright). Fidelio X1s have big bass and soft highs (laid back).
Asus Xonar Essence STX output impedance for headphones is aprox 10 Ohms, a bit high for low impedance headphones like X1s (37 Ohms). A damping factor over 8 is recomended.
Damping factor is the load(headphones) impedance divided by the source impedance.
DT880 Pro 250 Ohms are a better match for your soundcard.
How does X1s sound plugged into STX? I'm not sure, pretty good anyway, I guess. If you think you prefer their sound signature, you should ask this question to someone who has tried them paired with STX or Fiio E09K (which has a similar output impedance).
Edited by Me x3 - 2/2/14 at 10:20pm