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Hello all, I just purchased a pair of DT990 pro 250 Ohm version. I have an Asus Xonar DS currently and as far as I'm aware, it'll have a hard time driving them. I was wondering if I needed a DAC/Amp combo or just an amp? I was looking at the Schiit Magni headphone Amp. It seems to be getting good reviews. I really don't want to spend money on a DAC as well when I already have a somewhat decent sound card.

Also, what's a good amp in the $100-$150 price range?
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Just an amp. Schiit magni or JDS Labs O2
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your sound card is probably fine a amp would be good

the magni or O2 suggestions are good...
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After doing some more research, I'm really considering getting a magni/modi DAC/AMP stack with the PYST cables. How do they compare to the O2 stack? I figured I might as well splurge considering the huge backlog of music I have and the fact that I probably won't be upgrading the setup for at least another 2-3 years.
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After doing some more research, I'm really considering getting a magni/modi DAC/AMP stack with the PYST cables. How do they compare to the O2 stack? I figured I might as well splurge considering the huge backlog of music I have and the fact that I probably won't be upgrading the setup for at least another 2-3 years.

They are basically equal. The O2 has a gain switch, which allows you to use lower gain on more sensitive headphones/IEMs, meaning you can turn the volume knob up and make fine adjustments without drastically increasing the volume.
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They are basically equal. The O2 has a gain switch, which allows you to use lower gain on more sensitive headphones/IEMs, meaning you can turn the volume knob up and make fine adjustments without drastically increasing the volume.
But the stack is also $100 extra, correct? I don't think it's worth it as I hate IEMs and all the headphones I'm interested in have a higher impedense.
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But the stack is also $100 extra, correct? I don't think it's worth it as I hate IEMs and all the headphones I'm interested in have a higher impedense.

Yeah just get the schiit stack then
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