Looking for something to drive these DT-770 80ohm headphones.

Discussion in 'Computer Audio' started by elite.mafia, May 26, 2019.

  1. elite.mafia

    elite.mafia Broke Back [H]

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    Hey, I used to have a Fiio e10 olympus but I sold it a while ago and have just been using my stereo receiver, which gets plenty loud but I'm sure that I'm sacrificing quality using this thing with my headphones. Was looking for either a sound card with a good headphone amp, or a USB DAC for just the headphones. What's the go-to these days? my motherboard audio won't get loud enough with these headphones unfortunately (gigabyte ga-ax370 gaming 1)

    I'm leaning towards USB dac more than a sound card btw...
     
  2. xmadror

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    Depending on the receiver it could already be doing a good job and without a price bracket its hard to make recommendations
    Have a look at https://www.schiit.com they make great dac/heaphone amps and the prices are reasonable imo. Modi/magni combo is great on a smaller budget.
     
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  3. elite.mafia

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    its a pretty low end receiver, denon avr-1513
    looking to spend about $100 I guess
     
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    For $100 you could get the Fulla.
    Or if you you don't mind to spend a little more you could do a modi 2 + magni 3 from their b stock deal for $59 and $89 respectively (or the fulla for $79).

    drop.com (massdrop.com) also has a few interesting dac/amp but I'm not too sure if they have anything in that price range that is worthwhile.

    I've no clue on how good your receiver is (I prefer vintage audio gear) but if you don't mind getting a vintage receiver for headphone amp you could get any old sansui receiver (from ~1980 or before) if you like a warm sound. Something like a sansui 1000, 1000x, 2000, 2000x, 441, 551, 661, 5050, 6060 ... can often be had on the cheap and imho will outperform any headphone amp for similar price. Just pair it with a dac/sound card.
     
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  5. IdiotInCharge

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    My Xonar U3 (which is positively ancient and USB-powered) can handle my 250Ohm DT880s.

    You don't need much. This little guy for ~US$32 is well rated for the purpose. You can spend more if you want, but really, those cans don't ask for much!
     
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    I'd look at the JDS Labs atom $99 (amp only) and just use the onboard sound to that for the time being.. It is a quite well regarded headphone amp for the money

    https://jdslabs.com/product/atom-amp/
     
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