Need some advice here.
At the moment, my PC has a mobo (no soundcard) with a TOSLINK SPDIF out.
And I'm using the E17 as both DAC + AMP combo (using the Toslink) to listen to my music.
It's serving me well so far but I'm thinking of possible combinations to improve upon the SQ and soundstage for my FLAC and MP3 music.
I'm thinking of the following options,
Motherboard --> DAC via Toslink --> AMP --> Headphones (FA-011, HFI-780, Senn HD 598 and potentially a Signature Pro at the end of the year)
Soundcard (either TiHD or STX) --> AMP --> Headphones
Soundcard --> DAC --> AMP --> Headphones
Thanks for any advice!
PS: Another reason I'm looking at dedicated amps and DACs is because E17 has a battery and it being connected to the USB as a supply permanently will probably destroy it's battery life in the long run.