Disclaimer: I've tried using the search bar to find an answer to my fairly specific questions, but I haven't found anything definitive. If someone throws a ton of links at me, I will delete the thread (that's possible, right?) I apologize if I'm redundant, I know how annoying that is.
I've recently (last several months) stepped into the world of high-fidelity. My latest upgrade is from the HD595 to the HD650, which I am powering with the E7/E9. I am running USB out from my source, a laptop, which is full of 320kbps and FLAC files in mediamonkey.
It sounds GREAT.
Here are my questions:
(1) Is the Wolfson chip in the E7, which is only capable of 16 bit, holding me back here? If I upgraded my DAC, would I see a noticable improvement? Is the DAC the weakest link in my chain?
(2) What would a logical upgrade be for me be in this case (200-400 dollars)?
(3) If not, what is the weakest link in my chain?
Thanks to all of you who are more experienced with the 650 for helping me out. Cheers! :)