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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

DT 990 PRO 250 OMHS

 

Is that a great price? Are these great cans? 

 

I have a US-122L but I don't think that's going to power these things to get the best use out of them.

 

What amps do you recommend around $100 or less? I don't want to spend a lot, I just don't wan them to sound like trash. 


Edited by Syndicat3 - 3/20/14 at 11:45am
post #2 of 18

Is this for use with a PC or Mac or other?

post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

Is this for use with a PC or Mac or other?

 

For a PC. I also have a Sansa clip that I rockbox'd, but these will definitely mostly be used at the computer for gaming and music.

post #4 of 18

Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z sound card.

or if you prefer external Creative Labs Omni 5.1

post #5 of 18
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Damn.. why does the Creative Labs Omni 5.1 have to look so ugly. 

 

What are your thoughts on the Schiit Magni?

 

Thanks


Edited by Syndicat3 - 3/20/14 at 1:40pm
post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by Syndicat3 View Post
 

Okay, and for $100, you think either of those two is the best I can get? Damn.. why does the Creative Labs Omni 5.1 have to look so ugly. 

 

What are your thoughts on the Schiit Magni?

 

Thanks

 

The Magni should be great for driving 250-Ohm Beyer headphones, but does not come with a DAC feature.

post #7 of 18
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The Magni should be great for driving 250-Ohm Beyer headphones, but does not come with a DAC feature.

Any way you can possibly explain what the DAC does that the Magni wouldn't? Does the DAC just allow you to play higher quality music?

post #8 of 18

DAC - Digital to Analog Converter

DACs are in a lot of things, motherboards, sound cards, mp3 player, cell/smart phones, receivers, etc.

Just about anything design to process audio from a digital source has a DAC chip.

An amplifier is a post DAC analog signal enhancer. (amplifier).

 

Sound cards like the Sound Blaster Z sound card come with a nice CS4398 DAC chip built in.

post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

DAC - Digital to Analog Converter

DACs are in a lot of things, motherboards, sound cards, mp3 player, cell/smart phones, receivers, etc.

Just about anything design to process audio from a digital source has a DAC chip.

An amplifier is a post DAC analog signal enhancer. (amplifier).

 

Sound cards like the Sound Blaster Z sound card come with a nice CS4398 DAC chip built in.

 

Okay, thanks for your help. 


Edited by Syndicat3 - 3/20/14 at 1:39pm
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z sound card.

or if you prefer external Creative Labs Omni 5.1

 

Sorry.. quality wise, are both of these products the same, or is the internal better?

post #11 of 18
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Sorry.. quality wise, are both of these products the same, or is the internal better?

 

Usually external is considered to be of higher quality, less chance for interference. But in reality you probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference if they are using the same DAC chip.

post #12 of 18

I am currently running Bifrost Uber > Lyr > DT990s 600s and it sounds great. I recommend the schitty + beyer combo.

post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by Syndicat3 View Post
 

 

Sorry.. quality wise, are both of these products the same, or is the internal better?

 

 

For me personally I would prefer internal, but I can see someone getting the external if they want to be able to also use the sound card with a laptop.

Or if the inside of their computer had an electrical noise issue.

post #14 of 18

Fiio e12 mount blanc

Fiio e09k

Ojective 02

Schiit

 

Are your best bet in this price range I know the e09k does 150 mw at 300ohm so that should easy be enough juice they all should be fine really.

If you like gaming better off getting a cheap soundcard like a xonar DG + external amp as mentioned above

 

DAC only comes in to play if your a purist and like music in stereo over dolby headphone or creative version etc and even then it's not going to be THAT noticeable over a semi decent soundcards dac through dt 990 pro's.So it depends which dac chip you have already I still think full sized mains capable amp is better in the long run.

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Edited by c64 - 3/20/14 at 8:37pm
post #15 of 18

I think he said he wanted something under $100.  I have the Magni with the 990 pros and I do not like it (using Music Streamer II as a DAC).  There are a number of reports of the Magni extending the highs and lows in ways that you don't really want with these particular headphones.  Obviously the Lyr and Bifrost is great if you have about  $1000, or so to build a great setup.  But the Lyr has tubes, and it was designed specifically with the 990 600-Ohm in mind, apparently....  

 

If you want a decent cheap setup for music, I recommend the Fiio E-10 dac/amp.  It has a really smooth sound and sings well, especially when you have it on high gain and bass boost.  I don't know how well it would do for games, etc., but I really like it as a cheap setup.  

 

I think other Fiio products are probably good with the Beyers, as the Beyers tend to be a bit hot on the top and bottom, where Fiio tends to be warm in the mids and a bit rolled off on the highs. 

 

Otherwise, yeah, if you want to get into tubes, that's what a lot of people recommend.

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