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Are there any other recommended 250- 600 ohm headphones besides the Beyerdynamics? Beyers are great and I'm a proud owner of a mmx 300 but I just want to branch out and try some other brands. I am planning on getting an "ASUS Xonar Essence STX Virtual 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface 124 dB SNR / Headphone AMP Card" and it can power headphones up to 600 ohms.
Edited by h2spartan - 4/6/13 at 11:46am
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Hmmm, I came into the thread ready to recommend the Beyer DT880 Premiums but I'm not so sure about any others.
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Higher impedance doesn't mean better
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Quote:
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Higher impedance doesn't mean better
This. Often it can mean worse because you can get distorted bass. Why are you looking at 600Ω in particular?
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Higher impedance doesn't mean better

I know this but you do get a "cleaner" sound and less distortion....so I've been told.
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Specifically, high impedance headphones require more voltage and less current. This means the voltage can also fluctuate quickly and you need a good amp to handle the fluctuations. Just because a sound card says it can power 600 ohm headphones, doesn't mean it can quickly handle larger voltage changes. This is when you get the distortion and sloppy bass.
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This. Often it can mean worse because you can get distorted bass. Why are you looking at 600Ω in particular?

I suppose because if I have the hardware available to drive it, I might as well get the most out of it. smile.gif
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Specifically, high impedance headphones require more voltage and less current. This means the voltage can also fluctuate quickly and you need a good amp to handle the fluctuations. Just because a sound card says it can power 600 ohm headphones, doesn't mean it can quickly handle larger voltage changes. This is when you get the distortion and sloppy bass.

Maybe i should try for 250 Ohm to be on the safe side?

Edit: Also, Im not much of a bass head. so if the bass is lacking I wouldnt be entirely sad. I more for good sounding mids and highs.
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I suppose because if I have the hardware available to drive it, I might as well get the most out of it. smile.gif
What sound card do you have? If you do want 600 Ohms headphones I would have to recommend the DT880s.
Here's Simcas review:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1292237/beyerdynamic-dt880-review/0_100
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Maybe i should try for 250 Ohm to be on the safe side?

You should do some more research, because I'm not sure if an STX can really handle 600 ohm headphones or not. I doubt the 250 vs 600 versions will sound much different either anyway. Other option would be to get a $100 amp like a Schiit magni or O2 and that would power the 600 version for sure.
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