Firstly, I am new to desktop audio.
I have always been running my music out of a MacBook Pro via USB to a Yulong D100 Mk2 DAC/Amp. However I play games on my PC, which I built for gaming, and it has an Auzentech X-Fi Prelude sound card. I am considering playing my music on my desktop, because I have much more hard drive space on my desktop (3TB, to be exact). But I was wondering if using the Prelude sound card out to an external headphone amp like the Schiit Asgard or Lyr, is better than bypassing (if its possible, or better to do so) the Prelude sound card, and using the Yulong D100 DAC/Amp?
So my 2 choices of audio chain would look like this: Desktop > Prelude Sound Card > Schiit Asgard/Lyr > HE-500
Desktop > Yulong D100 DAC > Yulong D100 Amplifier > HE-500
Also, in general, do external DACs sound better than PC sound cards? I don't really want to get a new sound card, but if sound cards are generally the go-to for great sound on Desktops, I may be willing to get a better one (suggestions required). In the event that using an external DAC is generally better than using a soundcard, I WILL upgrade my DAC and Amp in time.
All of this is done with Hifiman HE-500s, which I adore.
Edited by Peculier - 6/6/12 at 8:52am