Originally Posted by RyanH22
I'm not sure if i need to buy this amp/DAC. I have a pair of ATH M50's, and I use it on my Dell XPS desktop with a realtek soundcard, would their be enough improvement for it to be worth it?
This thread would have been better for your question.
Check out the 2 bottom posts at the page 59 in that thread. I would also like to add that hearing is a tricky thing. It is highly subjective and can be influenced fairly easily, so your results might be different from mine and his.
Someone can be given water as medicine and because he thinks it is medicine he will actually get better. Same can be applied to hearing if you are expecting something to sound good it most likely will sound good.
Example of this; you are told to listen 2 amps (they are the exact same amp but you don't know this). Instead you are being told that the first one is 100$ amp and the second one costs 1500$, most likely you will hear a difference between the two and say that the second one sounded better, even though they are the same amp.
But then again if you think the sound is better (even though it isn't) it doesn't really matter, because it sounds better to you, so it has been worth the money.
Anyways long story short.. buy it from a place that allows returns free of charge, so you can return it if you don't like it.