So I am not an audiophile and I know very little about audio products, so I was hoping to get some help from you guys.
I am selling my desktop and my Titanium HD is in there. I will be using a laptop from now on, which has onboard audio. In a few months my father will be purchasing me a Macbook Pro, so I need something that will work with a mac along with a PC. Basically, I want to continue to use my speakers (B652's with a TA2020 amp) and my headphones (Ultrasone Pro 550's) without having to hear horrible onboard sound, because the sound quality is really bad when compared to my Titanium HD.
So what exactly would I need for this? Do DAC's like the Fiio E7 (I like the fact that it is an amp as well, which I would need to run my Ultrasone's) improve sound quality, or literally just convert digital to analog? So if I get a 3.5mm male to male, put one end in my Macbook and one in the DAC, and plug my speakers into the other end of the DAC, would the sound quality be improved over onboard audio, or would I need an external sound card? Are there any external sound cards that work with Mac's?
Also, how would I change equilizer settings if I do not have a sound card? Is there any Windows/Mac software that you can do this with?
I appreciate the help guys. I'll be checking back very often to read your responses.
Also, my budget is $100 but I will go over slightly if absolutely necessary.