New guy here, do not consider myself an audiophile by any means, but I have always lusted after a high end system and I have the means to purchase one right now. My current setup consists of Shure earphones and a Fiio E17 with dock that I run my iPod through, as a first step towards upgrading I have just bought a set of Sennheiser HD700s and I am about to pull the trigger on a WooAudio W2 tube amp, now I just need to settle on my source. I am definately not considering CDs as they are too inconvenient for me, so I will stick to using lossless audio files. I can run them through my iPod or Macbook, and I am unsure of the best mechanism to do so. I assume I need a DAC, but which one is best for my set up? and if the iPod is not going to be a bottleneck should I get a dock? which one?
Finally, am I going to hear a noticable difference with my untrained ears or should I just stick to running the Senn 700s through my Fiio Alpen? What about running the Alpen as a dedicated DAC to the Woo W2?