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Essence STX and Beyer DT 990 - 600 or 250 ohm version?

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Which headphone would be better suited to the STX, the Beyer DT 990 250 ohm or 600 ohm? The headphone amp in the STX is rated up to 600 ohms but I've seen people saying that the STX doesn't have enough to drive these 600 ohm Beyers... So is the 250 ohm a better choice for it?

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Xonar Essence STX goes to around 7V at max volume. If you want to blast your face ears off, you can get a few more dB by switching down to the 250 ohms version.

Seriously now, it should be realistically only a concern if you do listen to quietly-recorded music (nothing these days but some classical records) and want the quiet parts to sound fairly loud. For some music, some people say iPod listening levels are okay for the 600 ohms Beyerdynamics (I wouldn't recommend it in general, but still), and that's 17 dB down compared to the Essence.
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Xonar Essence STX goes to around 7V at max volume. If you want to blast your face ears off, you can get a few more dB by switching down to the 250 ohms version.
Seriously now, it should be realistically only a concern if you do listen to quietly-recorded music (nothing these days but some classical records) and want the quiet parts to sound fairly loud. For some music, some people say iPod listening levels are okay for the 600 ohms Beyerdynamics (I wouldn't recommend it in general, but still), and that's 17 dB down compared to the Essence.

Which ones would you go for if you were in my position?
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