I’m looking to buy an amp for my Beyerdynamic DT880s (250 ohm). I have been using them with only my motherboard’s audio (Asus Maximus VIII Hero) after being told it should be enough here on the forum. However I think it could be better with some dedicated gear and I won’t have to search for motherboard with the best audio when I’ll be upgrading later.
What AMP or ideally AMP/DAC combo would you guys recommend as being adequate for getting full potential out of my headphones? I am a complete noob in this regard so any description / aditional info will be welcomed. Also, I am based in the EU (market here kinda different from US).
I live in the Czech republic, so if you want to do a quick search on what’s available where I live, check out this site: https://www.heureka.cz/
I’m also able to buy staff from Amazon Germany, but it would be better to buy it locally: https://www.amazon.de/ I’m not looking to import from the US, the customs here are expensive and it takes a lot of time and effort.
I’d like to not spend a fortune on it. It would be nice if it’s not more expensive than the headphones themself, the budget is ~100$…
I don’t know what motherboard he has and even if I did I wouldn’t know how good the audio is off of that motherboard, but I can tell you there are motherboards out there which will make something simple like a FiiO e10k worth it. I know from experience since the difference between the e10k and my laptop is pretty significant.
Now I don’t know a whole lot about amplifiers, but I would maybe look at something like the Xduoo XD-05 basic I think. It’s about 135 EUR where I live, but it can be used portable as well.
Well, my motherboard is audio-wise pretty good, at least within motherboard standards, so it makes me think that for example the E10K may not be worth the cash, but I may be completely wrong. I just know that the DT880 sounds way worse using other devices I tried it on (phones, laptops, desktops with cheaper boards…) compared to my desktop