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This seems to be both an amp and sound card. if that is the case then it would fit my budget.

so far i am liking the dt990 and xonar essence stx. would there be anything else i need?

Yes The xonar STX has a pretty decent amp built in to the card capable of powering up to 600 ohms, along with a ,from what iv heard, quite impressive DAC. So when looking at BeyerDynamic headphones, make sure you get a version rated for higher impedence if you decide to go with the DT990's. They have 32 ohm, 250ohm, and 600ohm rated headphones. The higher you go the better the headphone drivers are in the DT990's case.

Also you will have to configure the STX's software to use the higher ohm headphones. by upping the Gain to whatever you choose.

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going with the hd600's and the xonar essence stx!
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going with the hd600's and the xonar essence stx!
beyerdynamic DT880 (any of them) > HD600. really. Yes, tried all the favourites in this mid-fi range.

this mirrors my impressions:

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HD600 VS DT880
The HD600 and DT880 sound very different. The Sennheiser headphone having a more relaxed and warmer sound while the Beyerdynamic phone to have a more lively, involving sound. The treble is very different between them. Just liek with the DT770, the HD600's treble kind of sounds very muted or toned down and lacks detail and extension while the DT880 has lots of detail and extends way up there. The DT880's treble is also far cleaner sounding and hazy sounding like the HD600's, but the HD600's treble is still nice in my opinion. The treble on the HD600 can tame normally brightly mastered music as well.

The midrange on both is as stated before with the DT770, but the DT880 has far more detail to it's midrange than the DT770 has but also is a lot more resolving and detailed than the HD600's. The HD600's midrange can sound a bit hazy and congested on some pieces, and can also add some unneeded warmth to already warm recordings. It can also add more warmth to recordings that lack some midrange body. It's also good for covering up recording errors.

Bass on both is still very different. The HD600 still has a one tone sound to it compared to the complex bass of the DT880. The DT880's bass has a lot of texture to it and can easily trump the HD600's bass. The DT880's also extends even deeper than the DT770. The HD600 has decent extension to it but lacks some texturing. One thing to note is that the HD600 does have more body and impact to it's bass than the DT880 does, but the DT880's bass sounds more realistic and natural.

The soundstage on both is very comparable in terms of width and depth, but the DT880 sounds bigger. Layering on both is good and the DT880 has the edge on separation and air this time. The DT880's has one of the best stages in the mid-fi category I believe, and is more accurate as far as where sounds would be originating from.
from here: http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/...e#post_6938759
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i will just go over to guitar center tomorrow and check them out.

i will check the dt990/880 and hd600
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grado SR325is +1

They sound top notch. I play battlefield and total war with them and they sound pretty good. In music and video they really shine

And they look cool
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Try not to go above $200 or so on headphones. Most that cost more require good amplification. A good compromise is to buy a ~$200 set of headphones and use the rest of budget on a soundcard with a decent amp on board. Most $300 will sound bad when connected to a bad source, and you use headphones in Senn HD600 class, probably not even top of the line ASUS or Creative sound card will save you.
post #37 of 73
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Okay,

So I went to Guitar Center and tested a few headphones out. I tested a dt770, dt880 and beats by dr dre. Since I am very new to headphones and because I will be using these mostly for gaming I chose the beats by dr dre and I purchased them on the spot.

One reason for purchasing these headphones was that they sounded great on a ipod. I do not think that gave the dt880's proper representation, but I do like the fact that I can plug these right into the Ipod.

I will still buy the Xonar Essence sound card and will consider the dt880's when I will be able to appreciate them more than just going from nothing straight to them.

Thank you all for your comments and suggestions!
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well, i am thinking about taking these headphones back because they sound fuzzy at times. is this a common problem with these headphones?

my question is that the dt880's sounded sooooo flat on the ipod...is it because it really needs the amp to push them?
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But the sound is amazing, once you Grado you don't go back!


Personally I tend to agree, so I will REP+ to that
    
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well, i am thinking about taking these headphones back because they sound fuzzy at times. is this a common problem with these headphones?

my question is that the dt880's sounded sooooo flat on the ipod...is it because it really needs the amp to push them?
Yes. an iPod does not have enough current to power any high impedance headphones.
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