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What are you guys using to drive 250ohm headsets?

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I'm looking at schiit because im not certain my focusrite is going to do it. I've heard the Fiios are nice but they cant drive the higher impedance (sustained).

Does anyone have any real life experience with driving cans this big? What did you use?
 
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I use a "Schiit Fulla 2" to drive my DT 990 Pro 250 ohm cans. It has more than enough power for me and the sound quality is amazing. Can't recommend Schiit enough!
 
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there are plenty of choices for driving high impedance headphones,
ranging from 100USD to thousands of dollars,

it depends on your budget, and sound preferences,
but for starters, the O2 amp from massdrop is a good choice regardless
 

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Are you talking about mobile amp, desk or rack? I have had no issues with my Schiit Fulla 2 and I also used Fiio E10k for mobile use but that's only if I'm using my Galaxy Note 8 (extremely rare) otherwise I use a V Series LG phone (used them from V20 and currently still daily drive V40. So elaborate just a little more please. Sometimes I Plug into my Xonar when gaming. I also have Lyr3 (more expensive) but it's on a rig in a room I barely use after having my 2 daughters. (No more peace and quite)
 

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My desk. I don’t listen to cans on mobile devices and I don’t have a theatre setup. If it was either of those I would have mentioned it. Just curious what people are running. I’ll be investigating them myself, I’m not looking for recommendations, just ones that people have experience with driving 250ohm.
 
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My desk. I don’t listen to cans on mobile devices and I don’t have a theatre setup. If it was either of those I would have mentioned it. Just curious what people are running. I’ll be investigating them myself, I’m not looking for recommendations, just ones that people have experience with driving 250ohm.
Ahh. Understood. Well explained some of mine above. Everything else, would cost a heart and a soul or barely get use so I won't bother listing.
 

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Ahh. Understood. Well explained some of mine above. Everything else, would cost a heart and a soul or barely get use so I won't bother listing.
ueah iv seem the mega expensive DACs I have a few pairs of ATs but none of them are high impedance so I’m a little out of my
Comfort zone. I’ve no issues spending the money, though I’m no audiophile I just trust the forums judgement more than amazon reviews and I know some of the members that have been playing with this for ages.
 
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HeadAmp Pico with Beyerdynamic Amiron. Yes, I bought a portable amp that never leaves my desk. There's a good reason.

Batteries deliver clean power. Audiophiles will spend hundreds or thousands on power supply upgrades or power conditioning. With the Pico, you can have dirty mains and a $5 power supply and it's all good.
 

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I can't imagine needing more than a Fulla for your use case. I use mine with my DT990pro, HA-DX3, HA-DX2000 Victors, HD650, HD800(original). I own more but these are what I listen to mainly. The DX3 gets more use because Im mobile with it and kind of prefer its sound for gaming although when gaming I don't like using it with the Fulla amp and it gets driven straight through (before) Onboard Audio on my AorusX399 Gaming 7 and now (xonar STX). The Drop O2 and Fulla 2 both get used more than other devices I have but Fulla 2 get most use.
 
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Used schiit asgard 2 for quite some time to drive my HD600. But then I bought a 30 year old Sony 630ESD integrated amp - from that day on I never again used the asgard and sold it.
Yes some could say placebo, but the difference was so huge that even I just could not believe it.
So maybe check some used older design as well, some of it sounds really good (even if it doesn't measure as better but I listen with my ears not my eyes).
 
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Is that what this is called specifically? Or is there more to the model?
the actual name is I think Objective 2 amp,
shortened O2, its a good choice for pretty much anything other than planar headphones
 

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Grabbed a Fulla3. It drives these much better than my Focusrite. Honestly, not a real change in sound from my ATs, but I am still getting used to open back, its different... I like it though and am happy to finally have velour pads, something that isnt offered on any of the AT models I own. (I'm not keen on aftermarket pads)

Thanks for the help!
 
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I use a custom made OTL amp to run my 300 ohm HD600's until I recently sold them. Now the amp just sits there all pretty like.
 
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