Hi, I've just recently brought a set of Sennheiser HD598 headphones and I've been reading that you generally need to get an amp to fully take advantage of the headphones.
I'm a audio noob so just bear with me for a minute. I plan on using the headphones on my desktop computer and currently I am using a integrated audio card. Which would be better for me at this point? Should I go for a Asus Xonar Essence STX sound card or am I better off just getting a desktop DAC/amp?
Also how does the Xonar Essence compare to other DACs or amps? At which price point does a dedicated DAC + amp combination exceed the performance of the Xonar?
Thanks in advance!