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Best headphone amp under $250 for my dt990 250 ohms?

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I got these a couple weeks ago with a fio 11 and it sounded really good but it didnt get that loud and it sounded bad at loud volumes (which i think as due to the amp) anyways, i would like to get a new one that needs to be portable (or even a non portable one that i can take to school). i will be using it with my ipod. So what would be a good amp to power these headphones under $250 (prefferably under 200 but im willing to go more if i have to). Im new to all this stuff and this is my first pair of actually good headphones. I would greatly appreciate your help. Thanks in advance. Oh and one other thing I listen to pretty much all music (rap, pop, classical, rock, dubsteb) if that helps at all.

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I got these a couple weeks ago with a FiiO 11 and it sounded really good but it didn't get that loud and it sounded bad at loud volumes (which i think as due to the amp) anyways, I would like to get a new one that needs to be portable (or even a non portable one that i can take to school). i will be using it with my iPod. So what would be a good amp to power these headphones under $250 (preferably under 200 but I'm willing to go more if i have to). I'm new to all this stuff and this is my first pair of actually good headphones. I would greatly appreciate your help. Thanks in advance. Oh and one other thing I listen to pretty much all music (rap, pop, classical, rock, dubstep) if that helps at all.

My E11 can get my DT990 250-Ohm headphones decently loud with the volume knob at 40%.

Underneath the E11's battery there is a voltage switch, did you set it on HI?

On the side of the E11 is a gain switch, did you set it on HI?

 

Are you using the FiiO L cable with the iPod/E11?

Connecting the iPod's LOD port to the line-input on the E11?

 

Do you max out the volume control on the iPod?

 

If your will to spend $200 for a better amplifier, your better off buying better headphones.

Sell off the DT990s and get some Audio Technica ATH-A900X (closed) headphones or ATH-AD900X (open) headphones.

These ATH headphones are only 40-Ohms, so are easier to drive then the DT990s.


Edited by PurpleAngel - 3/16/14 at 10:51pm
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Ok i might do that. But do you have any suggestions of amps for the future in case i need one? Still in the same price range as mentioned above.

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Ok i might do that. But do you have any suggestions of amps for the future in case i need one? Still in the same price range as mentioned above.

 

The FiiO E12 is more powerful then the E11.

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Also since im new to this stuff could you tell me a few good headphone amp brands and some ones to avoid

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Also since I'm new to this stuff could you tell me a few good headphone amp brands and some ones to avoid

 

The O2 (Objective 2) headphone amplifier can run off it's batteries or an AC wall socket.

The Schiit Magni is about equal to the O2, but only works plugged into AC.

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