Hello Everyone, I've been lurking for a while and finally took the plunge and created an account.
I bought my first decent pair of headphones, as stated the HD 598s, and use them for both gaming and music. I'm thinking about adding an amp, just to see how much better they would sound - they do sound great just using the front panel!
I am considering two options, one is to add an amp with a DAC through USB but also utilize my front panel for when gaming so I can use my X-Fi's processor and it's gaming benefits. I also thought about running an amp through the X-Fi (which would be going from X-Fi > to a power amp running my bookshelfs/sub > to the headphone amp). My fear is that I might pick up crap going down the chain between the 6 fans, GTX 580, water cooler, etc. and hear it through the amp if I don't use a USB DAC.
My question is should I get a USB DAC or just get something like an E9 or Art Amp4 and add it to the end of the chain? It seems to be clear running off the front panel, I'm not getting any static or other annoyances.
If I can avoid the DAC and just use the sound card/amp I would be happiest. Thanks for your help!