External USB DAC
Hey guys, I'm trying to upgrade the sound on my PC. Right now im using onboard sound with a 50 dollar pair of studio headphones. My goal is not so much a huge soundscape for gaming, but what im really interested in in high quality music. I listen to everything from bass-heavy EDM to classical piano so I need something that does more than just cranks out bass. I plan to spend about 150-200 bucks on just the DAC. I'm planning on eventually getting a 7.1 speaker system to hook up to it but for now i just want something to power a high end pair of headphones. I'm just looking for suggestions from all you audiophiles out there. Also i want to know if you think ill notice a big difference in my headphones with the DAC vs onboard sound or am i only going to notice the real difference when i hook up the speaker system. Sry if thats confusing, appreciate any help!
You most likely won't notice any difference between the DAC and your onboard sound. However, if you plan to hook up a 7.1 surround sound system, you will need a sound card. Personally, i would rather spend my money on bass heavy headphones/earphones such as these: http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-audio/razer-hammerhead-pro/ or these: http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-audio/razer-tiamat-22/