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Beyerdynamic DT880 Pro 250ohm or Philips Fidelio X1?

post #1 of 10
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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

post #2 of 10

DT 880 is suitable for classical music. It is semi open design.

 

X1 has huge soundstage, easy to drive. It is of open design. I would go for x1 out of these two options.

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Originally Posted by sureshot1234 View Post
 

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).

 

Best Luck!


Edited by Me x3 - 2/2/14 at 10:20pm
post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by Me x3 View Post
 

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).

 

Best Luck!

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post #5 of 10

Well... Think you might be more happy with the x1..

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
The asus stx has ajustable gain for 32-64 ohm headphones then 64-300 and finally 300-600 if I remember right and with them being below 32 even only by 2 house would that make them not run at their best ?
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Me x3 View Post
 

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).

 

Best Luck!

 

so not having around the correct damping factor does what to the sound? never even heard of damping before

post #8 of 10
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so not having around the correct damping factor does what to the sound? never even heard of damping before

 



This is worth reading : http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/meridian-explorer-case-study-effects-output-impedance

Incorrect damping can affect the frequency response of the headphones.
post #9 of 10
I'd think it is barely noticeable with the x1 and xonar
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 

hmm guess its all down to which one goes on sale again first the DT880 pro is under 200 which is the most i want to spend right now but i like the look of the premium alot more and the X1 is over 200 right now but has been as low as 150 so guess i will wait and see and keepreading up on both and look more into the damping its interesting :) thanks for all the help guys will let you all know what i get and how i like it when i buy 

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