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 External DAC is really simply about audio quality, usually for music, and does not usually provide any extra features, like creating headphone surround sound.Sound cards are more of a balance between gaming and music (maybe a little more towards surround sound gaming).Sound card is a jack of all trades and an external DAC just tries to do one job.One good point about going external is the external audio device will not be effected by any "electrical noise" that might (?)...
 Your JVC HA-SZ2000 headphones are only 16-Ohm, really designed to be plugged into portable audio (mp3 player, iPods, DAP, Smart phones, iPhone, etc).If really want good sound quality from the SZ2000s, get a Schiit Magni headphone amplifier ($99+tax/shipping).Headphone amplifiers like the Magni have a very low output impedance (>1-Ohm), which is preferred for 16-Ohm headphonesPlug the Magni into the Xonar DGX's headphone output jack and the SZ2000s into the Magni's...
 The Essence STX II S/PDIF output will offer zero improvement over the Essence STX's S/PDIF output.You could replace the Essence STX with a $20 Xonar DG or plug the Essence One straight into the motherboard's digital output (USB, optical, coaxial) and the sound quality would not change.
Installing the firmware Rockbox should provide the best possible playing options for the Clip Zip. http://www.rockbox.org/
 This thread should provide some good info on tubes for the Little Dot.http://www.head-fi.org/t/563884/little-dot-tube-amps-vacuum-tube-rolling-guide
 The HD558 have just enough bass to be called decent bass, also the 50-Ohm HD558s can be used with or without a headphone amplifier.Amazon will sell used HD558s for under $100. The Beyer DT770/DT880/DT990 need to be used with an amplifier.The DT990s are full bass and full treble, which slightly over shadows the mids, but the mids are clearDT880s are more well balanced, treble is a little on the bright side.I would rather use open headphones like the DT880/DT990, but the...
 A DAC is just basically a Digital to Analog Converter.On Head-Fi when someone talks about a "DAC", usually they are referring to an external DAC, which may or may not also come with a built in headphone amplifier.A sound card comes with a DAC chip and an audio processor chip (and other features). I FiiO E11 portable headphone amplifier ($60) can be used with the iPod and also plugged into a sound card.A Xonar DX or D1 sound card (used $60) is a good match for plugging the...
 The motherboard's on-board audio's high output impedance might be causing the W1000X's to have a bloated (louder, less detailed) bass.The Schiit Magni headphone amplifier ($99+ tax/shipping) has a very low output impedance (>1-Ohm). The O2 Objective 2 headphone amplifier ($130) also has a low output impedance. Here is a nice Grado mini adapter cable,7 inch 1/4" female to 1/8" male adapter...
 http://fredsamplifiers.com.au/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_20&products_id=17&zenid=9a3bc65210e14663fd172e9d7f97c134 There are also lots of tube amplifiers (from China) on eBay, $50-$120.
 It would help if you could list a budget?Like how much would you be willing so spend for a motherboard or a motherboard/sound card combo or motherboard/External DAC-Amp?
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