there is a similar thread below, but a different issue.
i am very new here, but i think there needs to be more stickies, and places to ask quick questions (everybody here is very friendly).
anyways, i am new. but am interested in learning about HPs, sound, etc. so i have the ATH M50, and the hd 600. i recently bought the e7 and am now waiting for the e9.
iphone4 > e7 > m50 or hd 600
aside from how loud the music can sound, i don't notice much difference between e7 and no e7. when i ran my e7 thru my computer, i did notice less hissing, but thru the iphone no difference. should my music sound better thru the e7 than not?
DAC - Digital to Analogue Converter. Converts digital music data from a CD or computer back into an analogue waveform. CD and DVD players have them built in. Very often they come in a separate box, sometimes with an amplifier.
so...what exactly does a DAC and or AMP do in layman's terms? why do i want to convert a digital source (mp3) into an analog source? do headphones play music better from an analog source?
Amplifier - an electronic device for increasing the amplitude of electrical signals. Though primarily used to refer to headphone amplifiers that take a small audio signal from a CD player, sound card or DAC and amplify it to a level high enough for headphones or speakers. Most devices, even those that send out digital data, contain some kind of amplification circuit.
same question regarding an AMP. in layman's terms...an electrical signal is amplified, which means that volume is amplified? but is that it? there is also some EQ component to an AMP, but if there was no EQ component, would the difference between two powerful AMPs be negligible (as in both have the power to drive bigger headphones).
basically, i have all these awesome toys, but either i don't have the ear to hear these details, or don't have the knowledge to appreciate the details. i would like to change both of these cases.