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Okay, so my friend is ready to pull the trigger right now on these headphones today. Like he wants to, really badly so he can get them this week on 2 day Prime. We like the reviews. We like the looks, and the sound signature sounds like something he'd like. We're perfectly set~ but they had to go and make this freaking confusing with three different versions of the same headphone!

The Beyerdynamic DT-990s come in a 32ohm version, 250 and 600 as well. They all look the same, just need different power requirements. He's planning on using this mostly at home, but he may want to take it out on his MP3 player every so often, so he's prepared to buy an amp. Issue is, he doesn't want to spend hundreds on an amp for these headphones.

Max is 100 bucks for an amp for him. He is also open to perhaps buying a soundcard like the Xonar ST with its built in amp. He wants to know which of the three headphones would suit him, right now~ and in the future. These will be his FIRST pair of audiophile headphones, so I'm not sure buying a 300 dollar amp is really something for him right now.

Knowing the above, which do you recommend that will sound great, and provide the least buyer's remorse? :3

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if you don't want an amp, get the 32 ohm. the higher the impedance, the more necessary and amp becomes. a 600 ohm pair would require a fairly expensive one to make it worthwhile.

A good compromise may be the 250 ohm with a DIY amp, such as the mini^3. it will provide a solid portable amp at a fraction of the cost.

http://www.amb.org/audio/mini3/
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post #3 of 11
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Very well, scratching out the 600s for this purpose then.

There are no prebuilt amps under 100 dollars worthwhile for the 250s? Not sure we're ready to open up the laboratory to build an amp at this time from scratch. XD
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hmmm try this one on for size. what dimensions are you looking for?

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Fiio products shouldn't give him much of a problem in terms of amplification. They won't bring out the full potentional in them, but they will allow you to buy the higher ohm versions now if you desire and he can purchase a better amp whenever he can afford to. The higher ohm the headphone is the better it'll sound. Just needs more voltage.
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You can get the pro version for about $100 difference. IIRC the only difference other than looks is that the premium version fits tighter. I have not heard the premium version so I'm not 100%.
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The Pro version has the 2003 drivers.
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post #8 of 11
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Fiio products shouldn't give him much of a problem in terms of amplification. They won't bring out the full potentional in them, but they will allow you to buy the higher ohm versions now if you desire and he can purchase a better amp whenever he can afford to. The higher ohm the headphone is the better it'll sound. Just needs more voltage.
So, would an E11 be enough to power the 600ohm, or should he just stick to the 250ohm for everyday usage? Sound quality is important, but like I said. These are his first audiophile grade headphones. He'll most likely be impressed with any of them, but finding out he doesn't have what he needs to power them properly will suck for him I'd think.

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You can get the pro version for about $100 difference. IIRC the only difference other than looks is that the premium version fits tighter. I have not heard the premium version so I'm not 100%.
He likes the looks of the Premium and he's a young, single specialist in the military with money to spend. XD
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post #9 of 11
Dude my Beyerdynamic DT990 (600 OHM) sounds epic even without an external amp.
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Okay, so I've been searching for a few days and I can't get a straight answer for any source on this decision at all. All I can see is a market for DIY amps which is a little ridiculous, as I can't understand the data being given to me at all. Where can I find out if an amp can power a headphone?

http://www.headphone.com/headphone-amps/

This place for example, tons of amps~ but they don't tell me diddly about how much they can power. I can't make an informed decision on any of this. The Fiios? They don't tell me anything either. I see the E5, the E7, the E11... I see different prices on each, but no output levels.

If he decides to get the 250ohm, right now. What kind of amplifier can I purchase out there that could power it? Thank you in advance for the help.

Should we just quit and get the 32ohm and call it a day? He's willing to buy an amp out there, but not get out custom made, or contracted or what have you. There has to be a reasonable market for amps for these headphones or why would they make them? lol
Edited by Inverse - 11/3/11 at 4:14pm
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