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I'm looking to get a set of Beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium 250ohm to upgrade my sound for my PC as I've only ever used Gaming headsets.

I've read that I will need a DAC/AMP to power the headphones, but I'm unfamiliar with these and would like some advice as well as suggestions for a DAC/AMP.

From my understanding the PC connects to the DAC/AMP input and then the headphones connects to the DAC/AMP output?

How does the DAC/AMP connect to the PC and what connections does it use?

Do you have any suggestions on which DAC/AMP to get which would be a good fit for these headphones?

In my PC I have an Asus Xonar DX Sound Card and the on-board sound of my Asus z97 Deluxe.

I'd ideally not like to break the bank for one of these, but I know that I will have to spend a bit to get good quality.

Thanks for any suggestions and advice!
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I can recommend the Objective Headphone Amplifier and Digital Audio Converter, frequently refereed to as the O2+ODAC. It was created by an electrical engineer NwAvGuy, who made the work available under a Creative Commons license. Basically he didn't make a dime off of the work and simply did it to prove that high end audio didn't have to break the bank. You may read more about it at http://nwavguy.blogspot.com/2012/04/odac-released.html.

You can buy the completed product for ~$280 in the US. JDS Labs sells them, if your in Europe you might want to look for a local supplier. Also worth noting, you can buy a DIY kit for the amplifier if you like a project and don't mind putting in the work to solder. DIY is about $200 or $220, depending on if you want the machined front/back plate or not.


Edit - Digital to Audio Converters will bypass your soundcard. You might try listening to your headphones with your soundcard before deciding to spend more $.

2nd Edit - it connects via USB.
Edited by 1Kaz - 7/21/16 at 12:30pm
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