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I'm looking for headphones+dac+amp under 500$

  1. IgorENKO
    Hello, I am newbie. I have got 500$ and I want buy headphones for PC. I playing games 50% , listen music 40% and watch films sometimes 10%. I decided Beyerdynamic DT990 is the best option for me(Am I right???). I'm thinking about 600ohm (230$) or 250ohm (140$). I haven't got soundcard. I bought Maximus iV gene z and i have sound from this motherboard. So which dac+amp is good for me? Remember I must have good audio in games :D I want real experience in games and positioning.
    /sorry for my eng i still studying :wink:
  2. PurpleAngel Contributor
    What area (country) do you live in?
    Your motherboard comes with fairly decent on-board audio, you might try plugging headphones straight into the motherboard first, see how it sounds, before buying a sound card or DAC or amp.
    One option is to get a Schiit Modi (optical) DAC, $99, and a Schiit Magni headphone amplifier, $99.
    Connect it to the optical output on the motherboard, so use the on-board for headphone surround sound feature and the DAC/Amp for sound quality.
    You might consider the Audio Technica ATH-AD900X open headphones, as they are only 40-Ohms.
  3. IgorENKO
    I am from Poland. Soundcard in this mb is very low you can go to asus site, write "maximus iv gene-z" and see soundcard in this mb. I can buy dt990 for 200$ and i am thinki about Aune T1 but it is bad idea for games yes? Or i can buy asus xonar soundcard. I dont know. Can any1 other say something.
  4. ieee754
    In your case, I wouldn't spend too much money on amp/DAC. Remember that the headphones have the biggest influence on sound quality. So $400 for headphone and $100 for amp+dac seems to be a better idea.
  5. PurpleAngel Contributor
    I would say to get the Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z sound card, here in the USA it sells for around $85
    Comes with a DAC chip, a headphone amplifier and headphone surround sound.
  6. IgorENKO
    Sound Blaster Z ty bro but i dont rly want this card. So many bad reviews. I need dac+amp for dt990 600ohm/250ohm but i must get good sound in games soundstage, positioning etc. When i listen to music i want feel like i can listen it on festival :DDD
  7. PurpleAngel Contributor
    Audio-GD NFB-15, external DAC/amp, $270+shipping.
    Audio-GD NFB-11, external DAC/amp, $355+shipping
    Connect them to the optical port on the motherboard.
  8. IgorENKO
    Can someone else say something? :p PurpleAngel you said i can buy Schitt Magni+Modi, I'm thinking about it, but O2+ODAC will be better option or not? :/ I read Mad Lust guide and now I dont know whats is better for me AKG K172 Pro or Beyerdynamic DT990 250/600. Help me please :D
  9. IgorENKO
  10. IgorENKO
    @refresh :DD
  11. cel4145
    O2+ODAC is very good. NFB-15 has a better headphone amp than the O2 in terms of power.
  12. IgorENKO
    "O2+ODAC is very good" when i buy it with dt990 Have I got positioning, surround etc. ? +Better o2+dt990 250 or dt990 600ohm?
  13. ieee754
    The design goal of O2+ODAC was to provide most transparent sound, so you don't get any special effects. For that, a dedicated gaming soundcard might be more suitable (if it really works, I believe it's possible to add all these effects at software level).
  14. PurpleAngel Contributor
    USB bypass the sound card features, where as the Audio-GD units come with S/PDIF (optical & coaxial) inputs, which work with sound card features.

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