Im new to this forum and this is my first post on headfi. there is so much useful, first-hand information here from audio enthusiasts from all over the world and i figured out this would be the best place to find answers.
I just got my grado325is not long ago and i have already ordered the little dot I+ with WE408A tubes as i heard they are fantastic together. I also managed to get a set of high quality ofc RCA interconnects.
I plan to listen to music from itunes from my computer but I have a couple of questions.
firstly, if i used an RCA to 3.5mm adapter with my interconnects to connect the amp to the onboard card on my computer, (independent of the fact that an dedicated sound card is normally better), will the use of the adapter or the 'conversion' of the RCA to 3.5mm signal limit the potential of the setup or affect the sound quality?
secondly, if it does, would it then be better to get a soundcard with an RCA out such as the m-audio audiophile 2496? would the difference be worth the money in your opinion?
thirdly, how would the m-audiophile soundcard setup compare to using an ibasso d10 as a usb DAC in terms of sound quality?
im really wondering which option i should choose from, and i would really be thankful to anyone who can help me out :)