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Okay, so I think I've settled on what headphones to buy after a toss-up between the DT990 Premium, HD598 and D2000. The DT's highs will probably be too fatiguing, the HD598 apparently distorts Elektronica and is fairly bass light but the D2000 seems to be pretty much perfect.

I'm looking for a 50/50 gaming/music set-up otherwise I'd have just gone for the AD700 or something. The D2000 should work well with Elektro/House/a bit of Rock if I've read everything correctly while still having a decently sized soundstage so huzzah for gaming too. Correct me if I'm wrong, and then basically ignore the rest of this post. I'm not looking for thumping, overwhelming bass by the way, I hate that. But I would like a bit of oomph when listening to my music or doing singleplayer.

But I'll need something to drive them. Now, soundcards (I'll only use this bad boy near my PC anyway). Do I need Dolby Headphone or CMSS-3D or any other fancy stuff to get the 3D positioning I desire in my FPS multiplayer? I've read Dolby Headphone is better all-round because it mimics a room and not a single HRTF signal. CMSS-3D either works perfectly or doesn't based on your ear's HRTF and whether or not CMSS-3D's signal is close to yours or not.

Because if not, wouldn't it be cheaper and overall provide better sound quality if I just bought an external DAC/amp like the Fiio E7 or uDAC2-HP or something? And if I do need the fanciful processing of a sound card, are there any that add that processing to the digital signal so I can use the digital out and feed it to a dedicated DAC/amp, or is that processing added during the digital to analog step?

I ask because I basically want a volume knob for my headphones. I can control the Windows sound level with my keyboard or through other means, but sometimes there'll be a YouTube vid with terrible audio and I'll need to crank my headphones themselves up to be able to make everything out. I realize you can do this through the soundcard's software but a dedicated piece o' kit on my desk is easier and quicker. It's not a dealbreaker, I can always put Windows sounds at 1% or so and max out my headphone out so it's a decent soundlevel for every day use and still be able to crank it up a bit when needed through my keyboard.

So basically what do you recommend to power the D2000.
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For 300 id rather buy the dt880s but everyone has their style. You should look into spending 250 on your dac amp combo. Or more if you can afford it. Check out my threads in my sig for more info on what would be best for you and what you could afford. Headfi.org for even more info. Sorry if I cant give you a buy this one product answer. Theres a lot of sound signatures to love. Choosing the right one is up to you.

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Have you let your ears adjust to the DT-990s? They are primo for gaming imho. I had the DT-990s (upgraded to T1s) and have D2000s (want to sell them) . There is no comparison for gaming. Open headphones are much better.

You can get the FiiO e11 amp or the E10 DAC/Amp to power them.

I would agree with the previous poster that if the 990s are too bright the 880s are a great option. it is strange. The D2000 and the 990 have similar brightness.
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