My headfive couldn't handle the load and I wasn't ready to dump that much money into a new amp for a headphone that doesn't scale particularly well. I loved the sound from my 80's. The bass went deeper than I could have imagined, and wasn't overpowering for me most of the time. My tastes have shifted a bit since I first got the DT770s, but I still love 'em.
To put it simply:
DT770 Pro 80's - around 170$, new- highly recommended that it is amped, otherwise, SQ is way below DT's par
Amp for DT's -80$-150$- you can power them with a cmoy, but why spend 60$ when you can spend 90$ to get a quality custom/used amp.
A700- 120$ on newegg, doesn't require amping from X-Fi, little amping is needed, closed back, very good for gaming, and ambient/rock
A900-200$+- once again great all arounders, thicker, defined bass, an amp is not required but provides much more improvement then amping an a700
Nam, if you could please show me where to get some DT's new for 140-150 like you suggested, as I myself am a bass head and would love to buy them new for 140$, not off ebay. Thanks.
Edited by phospholipid - 6/10/08 at 9:26am