I had a few questions about amps and sources for the D2000's that I'm planning on getting soon. I've been reading around quite a bit but it's a bit confusing for someone just starting out to figure out what I need to power them. I've got all of my music on my laptop, in foobar. I know that the D2000's sound a good deal better with an amp. I've been reading a lot of threads around and have heard different amp and dac recommendations: Audio GD Compass, M^3 Amp, Little Dot MK V, Matrix M-Stage Amp, Pico USB Dac/Amp, Head Direct EF-1, Zero dac, etc.
First and foremost, do I need a soundcard for my computer or will the dac and amp cover the sound quality?
Second, do I need both an amp and DAC? I guess if my music is coming from the computer, it seems like it would require a DAC but I wanted to make sure. and how are amp/dac combos like the Pico (although that one is a bit out of my price range)?
Third, do I need any other source components?
I just wanted to make sure I cover all of the bases. I know there are a lot of mods for the D2000 that I'm also wanting to invest in, so I'm trying to keep my budget around $300 for amp and whatever else I need. Hopefully that isn't too small.
Finally, any suggestions on the best bang for my buck would be greatly appreciated. Most of the amps and dacs I mentioned above are outside of my price range (unless I buy used I suppose).