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External DAC/AMP for DT 990 Pro 250 ohm (FIIO E10K vs Schiit Magni/Modi)

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Hi,

A few months ago I got myself the DT 990 Pro 250 ohm headphones and never looked back. I use them for anything I do on my PC (mainly gaming and YouTube). I have been using my onboard sound card since I bought them (MB is MSI Z97 Gaming 5).

Lately I've been thinking about getting an external DAC/AMP and ditch my onboad sound card (unless there is no difference). Another reason is that I would like to have easy access to the audio jack just in front of me as opposed to the back of the computer.

After some research I decided that the FIIO E10K since it looks good and not that expensive. That said, some people think that it doesn't enough power to drive the headphones I have. After some more research I came across the Schiit Modi 2/Magni 2 stack which seems to be superior but also more expensive.

I'm not really sure if I should just get the E10K and maybe risk having to upgrade in the future if I buy a new headphones or just pay more for the Schiit stack and have it for years to come. I'm not really sure how much of a difference there is and whether it's worth the money.

Any input is welcome thumb.gif
post #2 of 4
I think you've basically hit the nail on the head with the best options.

The e10 will run the DT990s from what I understand (I don't own either), but you may be underpowering them slightly. Compared to your current soundcard it will likely be an improvement.

If you go a bit more expensive into the Magni, you'll probably never need to upgrade it.

What are the odds, really, of buying a more expensive and harder to drive pair of headphones than the 990 pro though? That's likely a pretty massive investment to get any benefit out of the Magni.
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I ended up buying the Schiit Modi 2/ Magni 2 stack and been very happy so far. There is definitely a huge improvement.
post #4 of 4
How are you liking the setup for gaming? Been looking at geting a nice DAC/AMP setup for my HIfiman HE-400i headphones. I haven't read a lot about this DAC/AMP combo, did you go with the Uber on either? I have been looking at Mayflower Odac and amp combo but some people are saying DAC like that are not good for gaming due to the lack of surround features for gaming.
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