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Hi guys, I am looking for a new set of headphones because my PC350s are on their way out, and would like to get a nice upgrade while I have a bit of cash for once. The trouble is I'm really clueless when it comes to audio and after reading around the net I'm just even more confused.

I currently have a X-fi xtreme gamer soundcard, and I am considering getting some Beyerdynamic DT770's, but I have a few questions...

1. What's the difference between the 250ohm and 80ohm DT770's? Which should I get?

2. Would I need a headphone amp or anything else to get the most out of these headphones on my soundcard? (and if so, recommendations?)

3. Should I also buy a new soundcard or is mine acceptable?


I'm after something with good sound quality and a lot of bass, so if you have any other sugestions then fire away.

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1) read: http://www.head-fi.org/t/513393/guide-sonic-differences-between-dt770-dt990-models-more

That's subjectively. The objective backs up the subjective and also my impressions as I personally have vast experience with the DT770-DT990 series.

2) Yes, a Fiio E9 is more than sufficient.

3) Can be better.

All depends on total budget.
post #3 of 8
The 250ohm DT770's will be harder to drive and should be paired with a proper amp. The 80ohm DT770's are much easier to drive and will sound good with almost any device although not on the same level as a properly amp'd 250ohm pair.

I'd suggest you invest in a better sound card (Xonar STX) or even seperate USB dac/amp combo (Fiio E7/E9) for the best performance.

Your soundcard is fine for gaming but won't give you the necessary output (100ohm+) for a high end set of headphones.
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Thanks for the quick reply's- gives me something to think and read about. I think a Xonar STX is a bit out of budget at the moment for me. Does the Fiio E9 need the E7 to go with it? Or would the E9 work well on it's own?
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post #5 of 8
it's fine on it's own. 2RCA to 2RCA to your X-fi.
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Thanks for all the help, just ordered the 250ohm's with an E9, will see how I go with that for now smile.gif cheers thumb.gif
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ive read many reviews thats the 80 ohm's sound quality is better then the 250 ohm when amped which i still decided to get the 250 ohm and i dont regret it one bit. i also read that DT's really shine on tube amps i bought the little dot MKII with the stock tubes and they sound wonderful
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Just another quick question...will I need to purchase any cables to go with this setup (x-fi xteme gamer > Fiio E9 > DT770)? Been trying to find out how it needs to all be plugged in and what cables I get with it but haven't got a solid answer yet. Thanks.

Edit:
It seems I can connect the E9 to the soundcard with a 3.5mm male to male, then just plug the headphones in the front of the E9, I guess that's the best way (or only way?) to set it up. Does the quality of the 3.5mm male to male cable make any difference or shall I use a cheap one I have laying around?

Edit2:
Just in case anyone digs this thread up, I bought a fairly high quality 3.5mm male to male 1 meter cable for £4 on amazon, it works absolutely fine with no interference or anything.

Thanks for all the help guys, I'm all set up and very pleased! thumb.gif
Edited by olli3 - 1/20/12 at 3:33am
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