Hello! I'm brand new to these forums, and I'm highly interested in high quality audio, and have been for awhile. I just discovered this site while searching for information on the FiiO E11, and it looks like this is the place to ask my question. Primarily I use my computer for gaming, and listening to music. Currently it is using on-board sound (it's a brand new computer, and I wanted to try the on board card before purchasing a sound card) and I have Klipsch Promedia 2.1 speakers. I have to say, while I think they sound good, I wish I had done a little bit more research before making the purchase. That being said, I'm stuck with them for awhile.
Anyways, I'm using a pair of Sennheiser HD 280 Pro's and I'm currently using them plugged into the volume control pod that came with my Klipsch speakers. While it amplifies them, I'm not sure if it's doing the sound quality justice, and on top of that turning up or down the volume on the control pod causes static (apparently one of the special features of the Klipsch Pro Media's is you need to dismantle the pod and clean it regularly..). Anyways, once I move out and have my own place I plan to get a home theater system hooked up to my computer to replace it.
So basically, I'm looking into getting the FiiO E11 to power my headphones instead of the control pod, and I was wondering what all of your opinions are on this. My idea is I plug it into my surge protector using a USB->Wall Socket adapter, and then have audio in plugged into my computer, and then audio out plugged into my headphones. That way I don't have to worry about charging it, it's just always plugged in. Would this setup work? Would it be worth the money, and will I notice any gains?
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy Sound Card
Secondly, I'm considering using a sound card that I already own in my new computer. I'm wondering if it will increase the audio quality, as well as get rid of background buzzing that I keep having with my new computer. After doing loads of research on the Internet, it looks like its a common problem and is solved by using a separate sound card. How do you think this kind of sound card would sound with an FiiO E11+Sennheiser HD 280 Pro?
Bowers & Wilkins P5 HiFi Stereo Headphones
Now, finally, in the future I hope to possibly purchase these. I have yet to listen to them, but I've heard their amazing. At some point I plan to stop by somewhere that carries them and try them out, but in the way future I may be replacing the Sennheiser HD 280's with these. Would these sound good plugged into the FiiO E11 Amplifier and with this setup? Any thought or opinions on what you all think I should do?
Thank you so much for taking the time to help a new guy out!