I was able to get my receiver to work with the headphones, I was wondering what volume should I set my laptop volume at to get the clearest sound? I have it set to around 75% and around 50% in my iTunes while I have my receiver volume set @ 20%. Meaning should I set my laptop volume @ the loudest volume and have the receiver volume to the preferred listening volume or it doesn't really matter what volume both are set to?
Also would it be okay if I hook up my iPod/iPad to the receiver?
Generally its better to have your hard drive at full volume (or as near) then everything else to suit, less data loss that way. However, some of these old amps are sooo loud that you have no choice but to lower your source level. But I would just do this from the media player.
When you get your dac, I would look into getting Wasapi set up so that you can bypass your soundcard and send a bit perfect signal to the dac.