Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Sound Cards and Computer Audio › Advice for DAC/AMP combo for DT 990/880 600Ohm?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Advice for DAC/AMP combo for DT 990/880 600Ohm? - Page 2

post #11 of 14
I've never had a tube "break." In all the years I've had tube amplifiers for my home stereo (since the 80s,) I've never even had one burn out as I change them out on schedules. As far as replacement costs, you can get them for as little as a few dollars on up to $150 for the Woo Audio Sophia Princess...The tubes I use cost about $20 ea for standard OEM upgrades on up to about $60 for my most expensive specialty tube.

The main reason people move to tube is sound. It will inherently sound better than solid state and offer a better depth. Solid state has a tendency to sound a little "flat." True that the sound on solid state devices can be manipulated, but you can't do it through your sound card if you are running via USB because you are bypassing the sound card completely. As far as heat, I leave my A1 and D2 on all the time as I spend close to 16-18 hours per day on the PC and have never had a heat problem.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not a Maverick fanboy, just saying that there are many options available. My advise would be to hit a few of the hifi stores and audition a few of the components you are interested in. As an example..I love the HRT products, was very impressed with the sound for the price, but do not like the sound of most Little Dot products (even though the Maverick products used to be a clone of LD...) Schitt as always rocks, but can get pricey for the sound sometimes. For me the Maverick was a good compromise between a lower budget and above average sound.

Hope all of our input has been of help to you!
monsterITX
(13 items)
 
mPowered
(8 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770k EVGA Z87 Stinger Sapphire 290x EVGA  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOS
Samsung 850 Evo Seagate Barracuda Seagate Barracuda Windows 7 Pro 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
LG 34UM65 EVGA Supernova 750G Case Labs Mercury S3 Logitech Performance MX 
Audio
Denon AVR-1913 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
4770k MSI MPower Max AC MSI GTX 780 Lightning MSI GTX 780 Lightning 
RAMHard DrivePowerCase
GSkill Trident Samsung 850 Pro EVGA 1300 Watt Case Labs Mercury S8 
  hide details  
Reply
monsterITX
(13 items)
 
mPowered
(8 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770k EVGA Z87 Stinger Sapphire 290x EVGA  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOS
Samsung 850 Evo Seagate Barracuda Seagate Barracuda Windows 7 Pro 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
LG 34UM65 EVGA Supernova 750G Case Labs Mercury S3 Logitech Performance MX 
Audio
Denon AVR-1913 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
4770k MSI MPower Max AC MSI GTX 780 Lightning MSI GTX 780 Lightning 
RAMHard DrivePowerCase
GSkill Trident Samsung 850 Pro EVGA 1300 Watt Case Labs Mercury S8 
  hide details  
Reply
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by longroadtrip View Post

I've never had a tube "break." In all the years I've had tube amplifiers for my home stereo (since the 80s,) I've never even had one burn out as I change them out on schedules. As far as replacement costs, you can get them for as little as a few dollars on up to $150 for the Woo Audio Sophia Princess...The tubes I use cost about $20 ea for standard OEM upgrades on up to about $60 for my most expensive specialty tube.
The main reason people move to tube is sound. It will inherently sound better than solid state and offer a better depth. Solid state has a tendency to sound a little "flat." True that the sound on solid state devices can be manipulated, but you can't do it through your sound card if you are running via USB because you are bypassing the sound card completely. As far as heat, I leave my A1 and D2 on all the time as I spend close to 16-18 hours per day on the PC and have never had a heat problem.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not a Maverick fanboy, just saying that there are many options available. My advise would be to hit a few of the hifi stores and audition a few of the components you are interested in. As an example..I love the HRT products, was very impressed with the sound for the price, but do not like the sound of most Little Dot products (even though the Maverick products used to be a clone of LD...) Schitt as always rocks, but can get pricey for the sound sometimes. For me the Maverick was a good compromise between a lower budget and above average sound.
Hope all of our input has been of help to you!

Thanks! Very helpful.

The problem is, I still haven't got this narrowed down. So far I've just learned that USB powered devices will not be driven past 3V, whereas I need 6v for 600ohm headphones.

Wondering if there are any small DAC/AMP combos (I guess it could be separate as well, just not huge), that would have an external power providing that extra voltage to drive the headphones? If I could get some examples then I could start auditioning them tongue.gif

Seems like I'm back to square one again tongue.gif
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
Anyone else with experience with DAC/AMPs for DT 990 600ohm? tongue.gif

Any input would be appreciated!
post #14 of 14
Headfi.org has hundreds of reviews...That is a good place to start...Going into a store, you are going to see Peachtree, nudac, cambridge, HRT, and a few others...just have a look at what is in your price range...audition them, when you discover one that you like, you will be closer to your decision. I can't really recommend any particular models as I don't live in the Toronto area and have no idea what the local shops will carry.
monsterITX
(13 items)
 
mPowered
(8 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770k EVGA Z87 Stinger Sapphire 290x EVGA  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOS
Samsung 850 Evo Seagate Barracuda Seagate Barracuda Windows 7 Pro 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
LG 34UM65 EVGA Supernova 750G Case Labs Mercury S3 Logitech Performance MX 
Audio
Denon AVR-1913 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
4770k MSI MPower Max AC MSI GTX 780 Lightning MSI GTX 780 Lightning 
RAMHard DrivePowerCase
GSkill Trident Samsung 850 Pro EVGA 1300 Watt Case Labs Mercury S8 
  hide details  
Reply
monsterITX
(13 items)
 
mPowered
(8 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770k EVGA Z87 Stinger Sapphire 290x EVGA  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOS
Samsung 850 Evo Seagate Barracuda Seagate Barracuda Windows 7 Pro 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
LG 34UM65 EVGA Supernova 750G Case Labs Mercury S3 Logitech Performance MX 
Audio
Denon AVR-1913 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
4770k MSI MPower Max AC MSI GTX 780 Lightning MSI GTX 780 Lightning 
RAMHard DrivePowerCase
GSkill Trident Samsung 850 Pro EVGA 1300 Watt Case Labs Mercury S8 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Sound Cards and Computer Audio
Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Sound Cards and Computer Audio › Advice for DAC/AMP combo for DT 990/880 600Ohm?