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Looking at DT 990 600ohm but I only have a Xonar DX

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As the title suggests, I'm looking at purchasing a set of Beyerdynamic DT 990 600ohm headphones. I would like to use them with my PC's music library; however, I am aware that the DX isn't really built to drive a set of 600ohm headphones.

I want to listen to symphony / orchestral tracks so detail is very important to me and I'm in the sub $400 range on head phones. I don't need anything super "bassy" as I prefer a more realistic bass feel. I can spare a little extra cash on a hardware upgrade if necessary.

Anybody have any advice? Thank you for your time.
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They likely won't be loud enough for classical with the Xonar DX.

I think the DT 990 is considered a "bassy" headphone. You could try the DT 880 they are more balanced.

Edit: I would also get the 32 ohm version of what ever headphones you choose that way they should work with the Xonar.
Edited by MP-Canuck - 11/10/13 at 6:12pm
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They likely won't be loud enough for classical with the Xonar DX.

I think the DT 990 is considered a "bassy" headphone. You could try the DT 880 they are more balanced.

Edit: I would also get the 32 ohm version of what ever headphones you choose that way they should work with the Xonar.

I'll look at the DT 880. Is there any substantive difference between listening to a track with 32/80/250/600 ohm headphones?

I'd be willing to invest in an amplifier for a higher ohm if it made any difference.

Thanks for the response.
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Some say they higher ohm versions sound better. For example the DT 880 600 ohm is supposed to have smoother highs than the lower ohm versions. If you can, you should try the headphones you are looking to find out what version you like the sound of. Also, if you want to use them with a portable device the lower ohm would be easier to drive. But if you are only going to use them at home and are willing to get an amp then get the higher ohm version.

I'm not an expert on amps, but from my own research the two bang for buck amps that get recommended are the Shiit Magni and the Objective 2. Both of them can drive 600 ohm headphones easily. I would suggest you do some research into amps that pair up nicely with the headphones of your choice just to get a feel for what is available.
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