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I have the Beyer DT 770 PRO 80ohm headphones and on my desktop I have a Xonar DG (has built in amp) which seems to power the headphones very well if set on the >64ohm headphones setting. I can tell a huge decrease in performance if I am listening on my laptop, I can turn the volume all the way up on the laptop and it sill is not very loud.

Ipod seems to be louder than what my laptop is.... weird.

Would I notice a gain in performance on my desktop using an amp considering my sound card has one built on already?

I know it would help alot with the laptop.

I do not believe I need a DAC since I have the soundcard on the desktop and the laptop only is capable of analog output for audio. I think just an amp would be needed.

So if I were to get one which would be best for me?
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you can use an USB based DAC for the laptop if you like.
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Personally I don't think you would gain much although thats not to say you wouldn't be happy with an Amp. When it comes to your laptop the sound will never be able to compete. You could buy one of those portable DACs to use with the laptop or perhaps consider some mid to high end IEMs or over the ear headphones to use with the laptop. I have DT250s for the home and a pair or Klipsch on ears for when I'm on the road.
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Originally Posted by chinesekiwi View Post

you can use an USB based DAC for the laptop if you like.

hmmm too many different options lol any idea which of the amps I should go for?
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Personally I don't think you would gain much although thats not to say you wouldn't be happy with an Amp. When it comes to your laptop the sound will never be able to compete. You could buy one of those portable DACs to use with the laptop or perhaps consider some mid to high end IEMs or over the ear headphones to use with the laptop. I have DT250s for the home and a pair or Klipsch on ears for when I'm on the road.

I have some IEMs that are really nice that I use quite often but I just got these new headphones... being my first real nice set of cans I have ever owned... im having a hard time putting them down lol.

So your saying i wont notice much more of a gain over my xonar DG built in amp? if thats the case I may just pass on an amp and deal with the laptop sound as it is tongue.gif
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I once wrote to an UK official Westone dealer asking the same question, the answer was: "high end low impedance IEM would not benefit at all of amp" (providing the source signal is a high end too, of course).
I had not the chance to test it myself, but I never found before a dealer that would renounce to 800$ saying me that it was not necessary smile.gif
I have Westone UM3X-RC IEM, in case you are wondering.
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Originally Posted by Ratjack View Post

I have some IEMs that are really nice that I use quite often but I just got these new headphones... being my first real nice set of cans I have ever owned... im having a hard time putting them down lol.
So your saying i wont notice much more of a gain over my xonar DG built in amp? if thats the case I may just pass on an amp and deal with the laptop sound as it is tongue.gif

OK, both will amplify the sound well. Personally I will always rate the performance of a good headphone amp over that of a soundcard but thats just me. Its an unnecessary expense considering you already have Xonar DG but that doesn't necessarily mean you shouldn't compare the two. Being an enthusiast is about being excessive sometimes.
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