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Well, that is out of the way. Which amp would you recommend for these headphones? I looked up the stick and the choices are quite a bit with range of prices.
Like I said in my other post, for the price, the Essence ST/X would have been the best thing to get for many options near it's price range. On top of that you could sell the DX and get 60-70 dollars back from that investment. People are always looking for DXs. So 60 off of 180 for an STX and that's 120 for basically amplification.

Anyhoo, if you want more bass the A700s offer you slightly more bass, but don't expect miracles out of them neither for bass. They're like a 3-4 on a scale of 10 compared to the AD700's 1.5-2.

A900s are the other option like I said. The M50s I feel aren't great for gaming, but some people do use them for that purpose. It definitely sounds nice for music though and delivery bass for sure.
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post #12 of 22
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Alright then before I pull the trigger. I am buying the Xonar STX and the m50 headphones.

And thanks again for your help broski. Repped accordingly
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No purpose buying the STX if you're getting M50s, they don't need to be amped.
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If I decided to go instead with the BeyerDynamics, should I just stick with the 880s or do the 770s and the 660s work also?

And also would you recommend the HD 595s for my needs?
Edited by bgtrance - 4/3/11 at 2:47pm
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595s would be lacking in bass still...and if anything, you should buy the 555 and mod to 595 to save cash.
 
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post #16 of 22
Interesting. Based on your music tastes, I would actually recommend looking into Ultrasone. Lots of positive feedback regarding Ultrasone in the area of trance and other forms of electronica.

Going the Beyerdynamic route is pretty costly. Not only do you need to buy the headphones themselves which are going to run you about $250+ new, but you also need a good source and a good amplifier, both of which combined will be at least $300 or $400.

The AD700/HD555/HD595 are all lacking in bass. The AD700 is more analytical of the three headphones, from my experience. The HD555 and 595 are much more mellow (warm?) and can put me to sleep a lot of the time which is why I sold my HD595.
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post #17 of 22
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DT route is expensive no doubt. I am not a recording artist or a dj to spend that much money on audio but then again I dont want crappy onboard either. Thats why i went with that budget but looks like i can expand just a tiny bit. $300 would be my absolute maximum since after that I would feel guilty as **** for spending so much money on audio. So many choices, so little money

Right now an STX and a pair of Ultrasones 580s is runing me at $320
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DT route is expensive no doubt. I am not a recording artist or a dj to spend that much money on audio but then again I dont want crappy onboard either. Thats why i went with that budget but looks like i can expand just a tiny bit. $300 would be my absolute maximum since after that I would feel guilty as **** for spending so much money on audio. So many choices, so little money

Right now an STX and a pair of Ultrasones 580s is runing me at $320
Not sure it's entirely needed for you to get a STX. I know when I get my PRO 550, I'll be running it directly off my X-Fi Titanium HD or my Xonar D1.
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post #19 of 22
If you do go for the DT880, get either the 32ohm or the 600ohm version. Not sure if the Essence's amp can power the 600ohm version but general consensus on Head-fi seems to favour these 2 over the 250ohm one.

I myself am looking into upgrading from my ATH-AD700s.
post #20 of 22
The Ultrasones 580s are probably too bassy for his needs. From the genres he listed, they seem to be lighter on bass than other heavy bass genres. He's also looking to use them for gaming. I can't say I'd really recommend any Ultrasones for gaming, but for the price of the 580s, he could make the jump to the 680s.

STX should power the 600 ohm version well enough.
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