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Amp recommendation for ATH-A900X

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This will be a gaming setup, used with a Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD.  Portability not needed, I'd prefer a desktop amp so I wouldn't have to deal with charging.  Looking to spend under $150, which is probably all these headphones need if I'm not mistaken.  Is the FiiO E09K a good choice?  It seems to be geared more toward higher impedance headphones so I'm not sure.  I'd appreciate any advice.

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This will be a gaming setup, used with a Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD.  Portability not needed, I'd prefer a desktop amp so I wouldn't have to deal with charging.  Looking to spend under $150, which is probably all these headphones need if I'm not mistaken.  Is the FiiO E09K a good choice?  It seems to be geared more toward higher impedance headphones so I'm not sure.  I'd appreciate any advice.

You might consider getting the Hifiman HE Velour ear pads, $10+shipping,

They are a little more comfortable and help keep the headphones from sliding down.

 

Schiit Magni headphone amplifier, or the O2 (Objective 2) headphone amplifier, both have an output impedance of less then 1-Ohm :)

Plug the amplifier into the Ti-HD's RCA output.

 

Hopefully you disable the motherboard's on-board audio? in the BIOS, when you installed the Ti-HD.

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I certainly will disable onboard audio when my Ti-HD arrives.  I was lucky to snag one off of ebay a few days ago for just under $100.  :o

 

Thanks for the recommendations, I like the Magni's price plus it's a desktop amp.  I'll get the ear pads too.

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I certainly will disable on-board audio when my Ti-HD arrives.  I was lucky to snag one off of eBay a few days ago for just under $100.  :o

 

Thanks for the recommendations, I like the Magni's price plus it's a desktop amp.  I'll get the ear pads too.

 

Found some good prices on used ATH-A900Xs.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Audio-Technica-ATH-A900X-Audiophile-Closed-Back-Dynamic-Headphones-BRAND-NEW-/221463009057?pt=US_Headphones&hash=item3390395721

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Audio-Technica-ATH-A900X-Audiophile-Closed-Back-Dynamic-Headphones-NEW-/231256028246?pt=US_Headphones&hash=item35d7eef456

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Wow those are very nice prices.  They are listed as New, one of them with a worn box, but that's still much less than what Amazon has it for.  What a steal, thanks for sharing.

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Wow those are very nice prices.  They are listed as New, one of them with a worn box, but that's still much less than what Amazon has it for.  What a steal, thanks for sharing.

 

Just a fair warning, it took me a month to warm up to my new A900X's sound, maybe they need to break in a little.

I own about 20 headphones and the A900X are among the ones I wear the most.

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Yeah I noticed them listed in your sig among some of the others I was considering.  Quite a selection you've got there.  I've heard only good things about the A900X, can't wait to hear them after the break in period.  

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