Tube amp or ss amp for DT 880/990 Edition?

In your experience, do the Beyer DT 770 Pro 80 ohm version pair better with tube amps or ss amps?

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EDIT: The focus of this thread has been changed from the 770s to the 880/990 Editions. Please disregard the poll that I was unable to edit accordingly.

I apologize if this question has already been answered somewhere, but do the DT 770 Pro 80 ohm version seem to pair better with tube amps or solid state amps typically? Would a tube amp be able to shine with the 770s?
 
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It depends more on what you personally like. Tubes add their own little flavour to the sound while solid state (techanically unless intended too) does not. I personally don't even like the DT770, I think it's much too bright and the mids are odd so my personal guess is that it would do better with a tube amp. That being said though, I haven't tried one with a tube amp so I can't guarantee anything.

While Tubes are more efficient at higher impedance and solid state at lower impedance, as long as the voltage/current/power supplied is adequate, it shouldn't really matter.
 
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I apologize if this question has already been answered somewhere, but do the DT 770 Pro 80 ohm version seem to pair better with tube amps or solid state amps typically? Would a tube amp be able to shine with the 770s?
I would say a tube is a slightly better choice, over solid state amp, for the DT770.
 
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DT770 is bright.A tube amp mitigates that to a certain degree.As mentioned above many tube amps perform better with high ohm loads,so if youre considering an OTL the 250 ohm version of the DT770 would be better.
 
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As mentioned above many tube amps perform better with high ohm loads,so if youre considering an OTL the 250 ohm version of the DT770 would be better.
Maybe I should get the 990s instead. They cost less than the 770s (on Amazon; haven't checked other retailers yet) and I would be getting my first open back headphones.

So in the experience of those visiting this thread, do the 990s pair better with tube amps or solid state amps?

Also, thank you for your replies, everyone. You've been very helpful.
 
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Only 'slightly better' @PurpleAngel ?
I use the Darkvoice 336SE OTL tube headphone amplifier ($199 on Massdrop), which would be great for driving the DT770 Pro 80-Ohm headphones.
But I'm not sure you want to spend $200+ dollars for a tube amp and I'm not one to try and push people to spend a lot for driving the DT770, as I think there are better headphones (then the DT770).
For the DT770, the most i would spend to drive them is an $80 tube amp, shipped from China.
 
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Maybe I should get the 990s instead. They cost less than the 770s (on Amazon; haven't checked other retailers yet) and I would be getting my first open back headphones.

So in the experience of those visiting this thread, do the 990s pair better with tube amps or solid state amps?

Also, thank you for your replies, everyone. You've been very helpful.
I do prefer the sound of my DT990, over my DT770.
 
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Maybe I should get the 990s instead. They cost less than the 770s (on Amazon; haven't checked other retailers yet) and I would be getting my first open back headphones.

So in the experience of those visiting this thread, do the 990s pair better with tube amps or solid state amps?

Also, thank you for your replies, everyone. You've been very helpful.
This depends on which tube amp as there are several different types.
 
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Def opt for a 600ohm DT990 and a decent OTL.
Save your Abes for tube rolling.
 
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I've refined my search for a new pair of headphones. The choice is now between the 880 Editions and the 990 Editions. I'm not yet sure whether I would prefer a 250 ohm version, or a 600 ohm version. Looking around the forums, the preference seems to be 600 ohms, but I imagine 250 ohms is a lot easier to drive than 600 ohms.

EDIT: Random question: what material are the headbands on these headphones made of? Pleather?
 
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I've refined my search for a new pair of headphones. The choice is now between the 880 Editions and the 990 Editions. I'm not yet sure whether I would prefer a 250 ohm version, or a 600 ohm version. Looking around the forums, the preference seems to be 600 ohms, but I imagine 250 ohms is a lot easier to drive than 600 ohms.

EDIT: Random question: what material are the headbands on these headphones made of?
Not that big a difference between DT880 250-Ohm and DT880 600-Ohm.
But the 600-Ohm DT990 is noticeably better (better bass control) then the DT990 250-Ohm.
I own the DT770 & DT880 & DT990, but prefer the Beyer T90 :)
 
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I've refined my search for a new pair of headphones. The choice is now between the 880 Editions and the 990 Editions. I'm not yet sure whether I would prefer a 250 ohm version, or a 600 ohm version. Looking around the forums, the preference seems to be 600 ohms, but I imagine 250 ohms is a lot easier to drive than 600 ohms.

EDIT: Random question: what material are the headbands on these headphones made of? Pleather?
On being easier to drive not always the case as some OTL amps actually put out more power with the higher impedance headphones.
 
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Will I need to pay an arm and a leg for an amp that is capable of driving 600 ohm headphones properly? I want to keep the cost relatively low for this home rig that I'm planning. I'm not the kind of person who needs to have a TOTL station. But I don't want it to be so inexpensive that I'm not purchasing quality products either. If going the budget route is going to compromise the quality of my rig, then I'd rather wait and save up until I can afford a better setup.
 
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