COMPLETE NOOB here, and sorry for asking what must seem to you all such a stupid question. I was looking for some kind of intro post that would help me out, but I didn't see any.
My question is simply, "What does an amp do?" I guess the simple answer to this question is that it would amplify sound. But to me, this sounds like it simply allows you to reach higher volumes with the same equipment. However, as someone who likes lower volumes I don't quite see the point. And as most audiophiles recommend amps (including some who I hope don't like to blast their music), I feel that it must not "just" make the source louder - it must somehow increase the quality of the sound coming from the source (which seems strange to me, as you can't increase quality of a source, can you?)
I must be missing something crucial here - can anyone help me out?