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My budget $300 on amp and DAC and $150-$300 headphone I have never used a Dac or a amplifier or a high end headphone.The purpose is for watching movies, play pc games and watch youtube videos. Should i buy Vali amp or Magni amp what's the difference?

Dac - This product is from schiit website
Loki DSD Dedicated DAC $149
Vali Subminiature hybrid headphone amplifier $119 or Magni $99

Amp - This product is From jdslabs website
Objective2 Headphone Amplifier $129
Standalone ODAC $149

Heaphones

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Headphones $169
Beyerdynamic DT 880 $197
Fostex T50RP $129
Edited by Ramoverclock - 3/25/14 at 7:38am
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Generally Dac's are for music listening. I notice you are into gaming and movies, you need something such as a soundcard/headphone amp, depending on the headphones you choose.

What kind of sound are you looking for in a headphone?
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The Vali is a hybrid tube amp, so it colours the sound a little bit giving the sound some warmth.The Magni is solid state, so it's a clean, clinical sort of sound.
There's always discussion between the JDS and the Schiit combos, it all comes down to personal preference really.
I have the magni/modi combo with Beyer DT990s, sounds awesome. That's the only equipment I can give an opinion on.
Your best bet is to try listen to some
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ONLY get the t50rps if you intend to mod them.

But once you mod them.. They're pretty awesome. I recommend the BMF mod, and dump some money into Mad Dog Alpha pads as well

As for DAC/AMP, you can't go wrong with a Schiit stack. Get the Vali for high impedance headphones, the Magni for medium impedance or inefficient ones.
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Yes this is for watching movies and play pc games, am going to get my amps and dac from jdslabs store, am going to buy beyerdynamic 990 600ohms
I wanted a headphone to last for years and use for 6 -8 hours
post #7 of 14
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Am going to buy Objective2 Headphone Amplifier and Standalone ODAC and Beyerdynamic premium 600ohms.
What is the difference 250ohms or 600ohms for movies and playing pc games and watching youtube videos.

Beyerdynamic 990 600hms $340
Beyerdynamic 990 250 ohms $300

$40 extra for 600ohms is it worth it?
post #8 of 14
What kind of games? are you into FPS, or something different?

As for the Ohm difference, since this is going to be your first set of headphones i'd go for the lower impedance model. Some headphone amps struggle with high impedance headphones to drive them efficiently. Low ohm versions are more versatile.
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I play fps and adventure games. Bf4, skyrim, titanfall, tom clancy division, dark souls 2, bioshock,
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I play BF4, skyrim, titanfall, bioshock and countless others similar games with my set up, no complaints. 250 ohm headphones are a sweet spot for sound and versatility.
I think you should get the DT880s with a modi/vali combo. the DT880s have a well balanced sound and the vali will give a nice hint of warmth to the sound.
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