So I did it. I made my first baby step into the audiophile world by purchasing the Sennheiser HD439 several days ago. Obviously not the best headphone out there :p , but I figure it'll get me well on my way (I love it by the way). I feel like I'll work my way up to my true goal, which are the 598's and or the vmoda-LP2 (totally different sounds i know i know).
I feel like my next bigger step would be purchasing a headphone amp OR dac that would last be into the 300-400 dollar headphone range.
The problem I have is deciding whether to start off with an amp or dac. I primarily listen to my music through my desktop and ipod touch. Now, apparently Ipods have good DAC's so no reason to mess around with that. Desktops I heard needed DAC's or so I thought. Apparently my onboard audio on the mobo (Realtek ALC 898) is actually a pretty good DAC. So good in fact that I don't need to buy another soundcard/DAC unless I spend 100+ dollars. This is all what I gather from forums anyway. I do notice a difference of sound from ipod and desktop, particularly in bass (thumpier and more present from desktop, maybe my onboard soundcard has a little amp action?).
My question to you guys is, do I just skip buying the DAC and go straight for the amp? Or is buying a DAC JUST FOR THE PC worth it? (remember I thought Ipod DAC were very good). This translates to, should I get the Fiio e10 or e11?
Thanks for your help, and if anything I said above is erroneous, please feel free to call me out. Gotta learn somehow