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Do I need an amp and a DAC?

post #1 of 15
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I will be getting a pair of DT770's 80 ohm and I'm starting to look at amps. I've been looking at the Schiit Magni but I read it doesn't have a built in DAC. Do I need a DAC or will I be fine with just the magni? And I'll take any other recommendations for amps. Thank Yaw!

post #2 of 15
Well, that's going to depend on what your source is. Are you playing from a computer? cell/mp3 device? CDP?
post #3 of 15
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I have an iPod nano 7th gen. And I will also be listening from a laptop.

post #4 of 15
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Will the Schiit Magni be enough or will I need a DAC to go with it?
post #5 of 15

IMO you can get the Modi later, right now all you need is the Magni.

post #6 of 15
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Thanks! Would you say the magni is a solid amp or would you suggest another amp?
post #7 of 15

The 80's don't need a lot of power to push them. The amp will help and be plenty. 

post #8 of 15
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I have an iPod nano 7th gen. And I will also be listening from a laptop.

It's not cheap to hook an external DAC to an iPod, but you can easily add an amplifier.

post #9 of 15
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Thanks! Would you say the magni is a solid amp or would you suggest another amp?

A FiiO E07K ($90) could be used as an amp with the iPod and as a DAC/amp with the laptop.

post #10 of 15
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I've been looking at the Schiit website and started look at the Vali amp. Should I get the Vali or the Magni?

post #11 of 15
I think the Vali would work better than the Magni with the DTxx0 family
post #12 of 15
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Ok I just cant decide on a pair of closed cans. I'll probably go with the Vali but I've been looking at MrSpeakers Mad Dogs and I've heard great things about these. Should I go with the Beyers or the Mad Dogs? I'm too indecisive lol :confused: I listen to a lot of alt. rock if that helps.

post #13 of 15
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Ok I just cant decide on a pair of closed cans. I'll probably go with the Vali but I've been looking at MrSpeakers Mad Dogs and I've heard great things about these. Should I go with the Beyers or the Mad Dogs? I'm too indecisive lol :confused: I listen to a lot of alt. rock if that helps.

I think that this hobby is a lot like dating: it's a really good idea to get a lot of experience before settling on 'the one'.  I'm a big fan of buying one or two sets used, then comparing them and hearing for yourself what you prefer.  Both are pretty good cans, and it's hard to make a mistake.

post #14 of 15
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You're probably right I need to experience more to find 'the one'. I'm leaning towards the mad dogs though. Does anyone know how much they leak as I'll probably be listening to them most around other people.

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Originally Posted by RoosyRooster View Post
 

Ok I just cant decide on a pair of closed cans. I'll probably go with the Vali but I've been looking at MrSpeakers Mad Dogs and I've heard great things about these. Should I go with the Beyers or the Mad Dogs? I'm too indecisive lol :confused: I listen to a lot of alt. rock if that helps.

I recommend the Beyers all over the place, but if it were me I'd probably take a gamble on the Mad Dogs. That's just what I'd do.

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