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Recommend me a low impedance amplifier for ATH A900X

post #1 of 11
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Hello I recently bought a headphone ATH A900X for PC gaming. My PC has no sound card offboard. I think I need a low impedance amplifier or perhaps a sound card offboard ... 
What do you suggest me?

Thx

post #2 of 11

You might consider getting Hifiman HE Velour ear pads for use with the ATH-A900X.

 

Asus Xonar DX or D1 sound card, used $60.

Schiit Magni or O2 headphone amplifier, $100-$120.

The sound card/amp combo should work well with the ATH-A900X and most other headphones you might buy in the future.

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

You might consider getting Hifiman HE Velour ear pads for use with the ATH-A900X.

 

Asus Xonar DX or D1 sound card, used $60.

Schiit Magni or O2 headphone amplifier, $100-$120.

The sound card/amp combo should work well with the ATH-A900X and most other headphones you might buy in the future.

Thank you. Asus DGX is cheaper than those options you gave me. Work fine on my PC? 
What do you think the Little Dot I +? I did not think the Magni on sale sites, except at amazon.

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Edited by zunehdrocks - 4/17/14 at 6:19am
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Thank you. Asus DGX is cheaper than those options you gave me. Work fine on my PC? 

What do you think the Little Dot I +? I did not think the Magni on sale sites, except at amazon.

You can buy the Schiit Magni directly from Schiit. That's what most people do.

I used to own the Little Dot I+, but got rid of it after I got the O2. While I have not heard the Magni, based on comparisons of it with the O2, I would not think the Little Dot I+ a better amp than the Magni. Sort of depends, though, unless you want the little bit of distortion that tube amps add to create their different listening experience, or whether you would like better accuracy.

The DX or the D1 is a much better choice to pair with a headphone amp than the DG/DGX because the DX and D1 have line level output better suited for hooking up an amp.
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You can buy the Schiit Magni directly from Schiit. That's what most people do.

I used to own the Little Dot I+, but got rid of it after I got the O2. While I have not heard the Magni, based on comparisons of it with the O2, I would not think the Little Dot I+ a better amp than the Magni. Sort of depends, though, unless you want the little bit of distortion that tube amps add to create their different listening experience, or whether you would like better accuracy.

The DX or the D1 is a much better choice to pair with a headphone amp than the DG/DGX because the DX and D1 have line level output better suited for hooking up an amp.

I'm in doubt between O2, Yulong U100 and Aune t1.Qual you indicate to me A900X?

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Thank you. Asus DGX is cheaper than those options you gave me. Work fine on my PC? 
What do you think the Little Dot I +? I did not think the Magni on sale sites, except at amazon.

The Xonar DGX is a great budget sound card and can easily drive the ATH-A900X headphones.

Remember to disable your motherboard's on-board audio (in the BIOS) before installing an add-on sound card in your PC.

Also might try the third party drivers, the "Unified Xonar Drivers".

http://maxedtech.com/asus-xonar-unified-drivers/

 

Not sure on the Little Dot 1+

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Originally Posted by Pedrosotto View Post
 

I'm in doubt between O2, Yulong U100 and Aune t1.Qual you indicate to me A900X?

 

The O2 (Objective 2) headphone amplifier has an output impedance of less the 1-Ohms.

Which is desirable for 40-Ohm headphones like the A900Xs.

I can use my O2 to drive headphones from 32-Ohm to 600-Ohm.

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

 

The O2 (Objective 2) headphone amplifier has an output impedance of less the 1-Ohms.

Which is desirable for 40-Ohm headphones like the A900Xs.

I can use my O2 to drive headphones from 32-Ohm to 600-Ohm.

 
Okay O2 is really a good option for low impedance.
I found a yulong U100 for a very good price, I wonder if it is good for low impedance headphones.
Thanks for the help.
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by Pedrosotto View Post
 
 
Okay O2 is really a good option for low impedance.
I found a yulong U100 for a very good price, I wonder if it is good for low impedance headphones.
Thanks for the help.

 

I know zero about the Yuloog U100, hopefully someone on Head-fi knows more then me.

post #11 of 11
+1 on the O2 for the ATH-A900X.
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