i've, like many of you - although to a much lesser extent - been very much reliant on headphones, having owned akgs, denons, ATS and currently i'm using a pair of ultrasones that are very much decent for their price
however, i've decided to finally invest in having a bit of a set up outside of purely personal listening too
i've been researching for a good while on what speakers/monitors to buy to maximise bang for buck sort of thing - and have ended up finding the m-audio av40 mkII's at cut price, which i'm aware isn't the best whatsoever but the fact that i'm getting it at cutprice does leave me a budget to also either bring in a USB soundcard or a cheap/small DAC amp sort of thing which should hopefully help make the most of the money i do have?
my budget is around £50~ which isn't amazing i realise, if i stretch slightly above that, it allows for these two coming into it:
the creative sound blaster x-fi hd http://www.amazon.co.uk/Creative-Sound-Blaster-X-Fi-Card/dp/B003RRY3WE/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1343838615&sr=1-1-catcorr
cheaper alternatives to the two being: the E7 or this creative sound blaster: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Creative-Labs-70SB109500002-Blaster-Surround/dp/B0042RUEQW/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1343838615&sr=1-2)
thing is i've no idea what's better in the sense as in more suitable? i presume the external soundcard rather than the headphone amps since i won't actually be using it for portable purposes? but would they be more useful in actually optimising audio output?
although i'm not sure if they are even "connectable" to the m-audio speakers..
any help appreciated