I'm totally a noob here, enjoying the life of lossless music with my laptop (onboard soundcard) and a pair of Shure se215, and I can't say that I'm satisfied with them. So I'm here to find out what else to buy for a better sound, but it's really confusing. There are so many ways to go and I don't know which is the best with my small budget as a college student and my amateur ears:
1, A better external sound card like the Asus Xonar U3 or Creative X-Fi.
2, An amplifier with or without a DAC like the FiiOs E7 or something better like the Qinpu Q2, Hifiman EF2A. Really want a tube sound , but worry about the low impedance of the IEM. Which is the best for an IEM like my Shure SE215? I don't care if it's a full size or a portable one.
3, Both a sound card and an amplifier but seems to be just a waste.
3, A DAC only like the FiiO D3 cause an amplifier doesn't really work with an IEM? ( the cheapest way???)
4, Just upgrade to a better IEM.
My budget is about $100~$150. Maybe a little bit more but of course the lower the better cause I'm a college student.
An good amplifier and a full size headphone with higher impedance seems to be the best, but I really don't like that huge thing on my head.
Hope you guys can help and thanks a lot for reading.
Edited by dal9033 - 1/26/12 at 5:17am