Originally Posted by MrBeats
I have a budget of around 500$ for this but I am having a bit of problems figuring out what DAC/AMP I should pair up with one of my final two options.
I can get a pair of Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80 or 250 ohms for about 200$ or go all in and grab a pair of Mad Dog's [47ohms] from Mr Speakers for 300$.
This leaves me with about 200-300$ left for a DAC/AMP and here is where I could use some help. I am planing to use these for games movies and music.
The reason I picked these two headphones in particular is because they are both closed backed and I need this as I often game not to far away from people 2-3 feet.
Ideally I would also like to use Dolby Headphone for games and something similar for movies. Is there anything out there in DAC/AMP that would do this for me?
So far the best that I have been able to come up with is to grab a ASUS Xonar Essence STX but I have it on good authority from Dan himself from Mr Speakers that this will not be enough
"The STX is really better for high impedance dynamic headphones, it's not a great match to a planar.
People who use the STX take the line out to drive a better amp with good results...."
and to make matters worse I've been reading on the forms that the amp on the card isn't even really all the great for powering the Beyer's 80's
really really want Dolby Headphones for gaming is there any solution to this as sadly using RAC lines on the card seems to disable DH :(
I prefer my ATH-A900X's over the Beyer FT770 (80 & 250).
The Asus Xonar Essence STX does a fine job of driving all my headphones, even decently drives the Beyer DT880/DT990 600-Ohm versions.
Another option is to get the Asus Xonar DX or D1 sound card, used $60.
The DX/D1 & STX/ST use the same C-Media CMI8878 audio processor.
Spend the rest of your budget for an external headphone amplifier.
Schiit Magni ($100) or Objective 2 ($130) external headphone amplifier can be hooked directly to the DX or D1 sound card (still can use the Dolby Headphone).