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It is recommended you always connect an amp via the lineout so a 2 RCA to 2 RCA.
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It is recommended you always connect an amp via the lineout so a 2 RCA to 2 RCA.
Okay, I have one of those cables. And will I choose 'headphones' in the Creative Console Launcher? Will driving a pair of headphones through an amp via RCA work flawlessly?
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I'd go 2 speakers in the Launcher and the second question's answer is Yes.
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I'd go 2 speakers in the Launcher and the second question's answer is Yes.

Okay! I shall place the order then, unless you have a last minute upgrade suggestion since I still have about $65 to spare.

EDIT: Woops seems like there are a few versions. Should I be getting the or the ?
Edited by txtsd - 10/26/11 at 4:25pm
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Okay! I shall place the order then, unless you have a last minute upgrade suggestion since I still have about $65 to spare.

EDIT: Woops seems like there are a few versions. Should I be getting the beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium Headphones (250 ohms) or the Beyer Dynamic DT 880 Premium 600 OHM Headphones?
600ohm is better.
Also consider the DT990s. The DT990 have a bigger soundstage, which would be better for gaming, however it is emphasised on the bass and treble while the DT880 is more balanced sounding. Some also find the DT990 treble to be 'sharp/ harsh' sounding.

the difference between them (subjective):

http://www.head-fi.org/t/513393/guid...e#post_6938759

objective: http://www.innerfidelity.com/content...ohm-headphones
post #26 of 38
disclaimer: I own DT-880s

The 600 ohm version is better, but it needs a powerful amp to drive them. If you don't have a dedicated high quality amp, don't get the 600 ohm version. As a side note, the DT-770/880/990 all are sensitive to amps. The bass on these headphones really improves with proper amping.

The DT-880 has a wider soundstage than the 990s, I'd disregard that earlier comment. The 880 actually has one of the widest soundstages of any pair of headphones out there, in league with the AKG 701s.

The 990 is more siblant (but also has more bass), and isn't as popular as the 880 for that reason. The 800 has a flat frequency response curve, while the 900 is more U shaped. The 770 on the other hand is bumped up on the low end. That's not to say that the 880 doesn't have bass. The 880s have great bass that extends very low, but you need to use a DAC/Amp that brings it out, or it might be recessed.

I'll update this post with my DAC/Amp recommendations shortly. I have my ideal setup in a txt file somewhere.
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Are you kidding, the DT990 has a significant larger soundstage with depth and height than the DT880. Width is about the same. the DT880's weakness is shallow soundstage depth. But yes, the DT880 bass quality is very good. Go to that subjective link, it really backs up what I've heard (Heard all the DT770-DT990 250ohm and 600ohm on the same setup).

The DT880 is the most balanced sounding as well. Having heard the HD800 and AKG K701, the DT990's soundstage is more rounded than the tweaked extreme left and extreme right of the AKG K701, relatively the same height wise but of course both don't touch the HD800 soundstage. Arguably the DT990 images / does better instrument separation within the soundstage better than the K701.

What you want for directional cue gaming such as FPS most is imaging, not totally soundstage.

On a sidenote, mechtech's PSU is mindnumbing overkill.
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Any particular reason why the DT990 (600OHM) sells for $20 less than the DT880 (600OHM)?

EDIT: Mechtech: I'm going with the FiiO E9 for an amp.

chinesekiwi: I read the article, and I'm still getting used to the terminology etc. Man I've been missing out on so much, I shouldn't even call myself an audiophile anymore till I reach your level of knowledge >_>
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For $400 you can pick up a used HD650 with change left.
For me at least, it says that they're $350 on amazon. May depend on area though.

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Any particular reason why the DT990 (600OHM) sells for $20 less than the DT880 (600OHM)?

EDIT: Mechtech: I'm going with the FiiO E9 for an amp.

chinesekiwi: I read the article, and I'm still getting used to the terminology etc. Man I've been missing out on so much, I shouldn't even call myself an audiophile anymore till I reach your level of knowledge >_>
DW, I started when I was looking for a gaming headphone a few years back
The DT880 is considered the best model in the beyerdynamic DT series thus price. (Don't get me started on how beyerdynamic product names it's products lols).

This might help for the subjective terms:

http://www.head-fi.org/a/describing-sound-a-glossary
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