Hello people of head-fi. I'm new here as I have recently gotten addicted to the audio world, until earlier this year I've had only ever used earbuds to listen to my music and when I got my ath-m50 headphones, it turned my world upside down. So here I am now trying to upgrade my rig a little trying to get a bit more from my cans while also setting up for a very likely future upgrade to feed my new addiction. My problem is that I'm having a hard time picking the right product for my needs and I was hoping people here could help me. I am thorn up between getting a soundcard for my pc (x-fi titanium hd / asus xonar essence) or a nice external dac/amp (e17). I'm not locked on these choices and am open to suggestions. My budget is +/- 300$ (lower is welcomed, I'm trying to be as cost-effective as possible)
My headphones : ATH-M50
What I listen to : electronic, hiphop, rap, rock, some pop, mostly.
My habits : lots of gaming (tf2,cs, sc2, d3, ++) lots of music, some movies
What I use to listen to music : my ipod, my hp touchpad and my pc.
While the portability of external DAC seems to be the logical choice in my case, I've learned from my many hours of research on these forums that my cans don't benifit all that much from amping. I'm sorry if these type of questions come up a lot on the forums, I did spend the past 3-4 days lurking and searching the forums but considering my limited knowledge of the audio world and that there is so many variables to take into consideration when choosing that I feel a bit lost. I'm not sure exactly if my topic belongs in the right section, so again, my apologies if it isn't the case and thank you for your help.
Edited by Orcom - 9/25/12 at 2:56pm