Hey everyone. For the past several years Ive been satisfied with a pretty bare setup on my computer/s at home. As Ive started to dive into audio options more an more. Here are my current setups:
Source: iPod Classic
Amp/Dac: Fiio E17 w/ L9 LOD
IEMs: Yamaha EPH-100 / VSonic GR-07
Source: Custom desktop w/ onboard audio / Apple iMac
Amp/Dac: Denon AVR-1312
Cans: Ultrasone Pro 900
Speakers: Energy RC-10
The mobile options Im not worried about and included just for the heck of it. At home, I am limited to plugging my cans into onboard audio on my iMac (unless I use a TOS link cable and switch the A/V to the iMac from desktop) or straight into the Denon A/V Receiver. I do a fair amount of gaming, but its not my priority. I generally listen to music with my speakers but as with many people, thats not always an option when people are sleeping or you just want some isolation.
Types of music vary: classic rock, techno, classical, alternative, acoustic, etc. For my desktop, I was thinking about picking up a
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD card to bypass the onboard audio, but how much of a difference will I really see? My Denon setup needs to stay there so I can enjoy my speakers, but overall I want to take steps to improve the quality when listening to my cans.
Preferably I would be looking for options that would work on both the desktop and iMac, but its not a deal-breaker. If I had to choose one as the source I would say that would depend on what the options are (obviously I cant install the above sound card on the iMac, but I know there are DACs and USB cards available).
My budget would be as high as $500, but I would like to keep it more in the $350 range if possible. Thoughts?