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The story goes like this (on Head-Fi): the 32 ohm version is even more power hungry than the higher impedance versions due to lower sensitivity. Now, I can't find any specs right now but lower impedance doesn't always make a headphone easier to drive. The person who mentioned the AKG K701 is a prime example of that. It might only be 62 ohms, but that thing is one tough cookie to drive.

Beyerdynamics are tricky because there's three or more different versions of the same model (in this case, the DT880). I've read a lot about the BD headphones and they were all pretty inconclusive, honestly. The consensus is that the higher impedance BD headphones are more tolerable sounding. I ended up getting an Ultrasone because of the "cloud" surrounding BDs.
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Originally Posted by RallyMaster;13946908 
The story goes like this (on Head-Fi): the 32 ohm version is even more power hungry than the higher impedance versions due to lower sensitivity. Now, I can't find any specs right now but lower impedance doesn't always make a headphone easier to drive. The person who mentioned the AKG K701 is a prime example of that. It might only be 62 ohms, but that thing is one tough cookie to drive.

Beyerdynamics are tricky because there's three or more different versions of the same model (in this case, the DT880). I've read a lot about the BD headphones and they were all pretty inconclusive, honestly. The consensus is that the higher impedance BD headphones are more tolerable sounding. I ended up getting an Ultrasone because of the "cloud" surrounding BDs.

Ok well then what would be the best headphones that I can run well without a amp with the Titanium HD?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Chucklez;13943645 
Do you think the 600ohm is worth the extra $50?




See this is what I kinda feared. I would like to get the most I can out of these if I buy them so what would I need to change my soundcard to to get the most out of them but still have good quality for gaming. (Heard the Titanium HD is best for gaming.) And if I have to what else would I need to buy as extra?

A Xonar STX would at least get you started. Ideally, if you were getting the higher impedance pair, you would want to eventually look into picking up a decent external headphone amp and run the line out rca from the STX into it.

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Originally Posted by chinesekiwi;13943775 
eh, it's in fact easier to drive headphones with higher impedance with headphone amps than lower ones because what a headphone amp does is pump voltage, as long as it can provide enough voltage required.


Well I was going more for "basic" electrical principals in terms of what impedance is/does in the average speaker/amp situation, but yes, most mid/high tier headphone amps are designed to power higher impedance and more power demanding headphones. Usually they do this with a proper output impedance and the internal components to really push some current through a higher resistance.

Then again, there are just odd pairs that hover around 60/80 ohms like the akg 701s that are just insanely picky with amps and act like they are something closer to 300 ohm cans.

I can't speak for the 880s, but its entirely possible.

I think an STX and the 250ohm version would probably pair pretty nice. I was pretty impressed w/ the onboard amp & gain settings when I was using the analog out on mine.
    
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I'd like to thank everyone who helped me make my decision. So I bought the DT880 Pro's 250 ohms and well even on my onboard sound they sound 100x better then my old Fatality crap. Cant wait till I get the e5 and my Titanium HD biggrin.gif

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Chucklez;13978864 
I'd like to thank everyone who helped me make my decision. So I bought the DT880 Pro's 250 ohms and well even on my onboard sound they sound 100x better then my old Fatality crap. Cant wait till I get the e5 and my Titanium HD biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by rmp459;13978982 
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Yeah the soundstage is great, played a quick round of COD4 Promod and well I went 4-0 that round. Heard anyone near me perfectly. smile.gif
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