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Decided to go for a pair of these, I can get the 80 and 250Ω for pretty much the same price, and, not working on the thought that bigger = better, I thought I'd ask.

I have a friend who has the 80Ω pair and loves them to pieces, speaks very highly of them.

It would either be driven by my Audinst HUD-MX1 DAC (via Optical), or my Marantz PM4001 Amp, whichever is more suitable.

I'm told that my amp would give better sound than my DAC would, but I'm not too sure. If I got the 250Ω's, would my DAC still have the power to drive them? Or would I need a dedicated headphone amp?

More to the point, do I even need 250Ω over the 80Ω's? I listen to everything, from Rock to DnB to country, so it's varied.

Any help is appreciated, smile.gif
    
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Did you read the comparison at headfi?
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Originally Posted by thiru;12357930 
Did you read the comparison at headfi?

Nope, I'm not a member there and don't frequent it all that much. Link?

I found:
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This is a never ending discussion. Many will state that the 80's have slightly less bass and better mids, 250 to have more bass and more problems in the mids.

Others state the 80's have more bass

The more you search on this, the more you learn there's just no general agreement about this.

I heard both of them in a store, chose the 80's, but I have to say that it was one of my first experiences with good cans, so my judgement, certainly at that moment, is far from expert.

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http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/513393/guide-sonic-differences-between-dt770-dt990-models-more

There are 5 models apparently. Dunno if they're still all sold today.
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If you want to use it for your PC buy the 80 ohm one, if plan to purchase a headphone amplifier too, buy the 250ohm version. Im a happy user of DT770 PRO.
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Originally Posted by thiru;12357962 
http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/513393/guide-sonic-differences-between-dt770-dt990-models-more

There are 5 models apparently. Dunno if they're still all sold today.
Yeah, I was talking about the PRO's, not too sure if you can even get the older ones now. I think I'll go for the 80's, the only difference between those and the 250's seem to be a smaller seeming soundstage, really. Thanks. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Use;12357964 
If you want to use it for your PC buy the 80 ohm one, if plan to purchase a headphone amplifier too, buy the 250ohm version. Im a happy user of DT770 PRO.
I'd rather not get a headphone amp, as I listen through my speakers (Wharfedale diamond 9.1's) a lot, and my DAC can switch between Headphone/speakers at the flick of a switch, so it's real easy. Don't really have the budget for a dedicated headphone amp right now.

Thanks guys, smile.gif

Onto my next question, what would be better with the 80Ohms? My DAC, or my Amp? I'm told that the Phones port on my Amp is pretty much just a marketing gimmick and is just a glorified headphone jack, so I'm not too sure.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SmokinWaffle;12357995 
Onto my next question, what would be better with the 80Ohms? My DAC, or my Amp? I'm told that the Phones port on my Amp is pretty much just a marketing gimmick and is just a glorified headphone jack, so I'm not too sure.

Maybe this will help.
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Originally Posted by Use;12358031 
Maybe this will help.

There is nothing about amping the 80Ohm's, just the 32, 250 and 600. frown.gif
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SmokinWaffle;12358042 
There is nothing about amping the 80Ohm's, just the 32, 250 and 600. frown.gif

Didnt notice:D

Maybe something useful here, no more ideas.
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I wouldn't get the DT770 for your music tastes. The recessed mids will get to you badly.
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