I got my first "better" headphones - AKG K701 about week ago and I liked them. But I read somewhere that they doesn't sound good without amp and dac, something like "don't even bother listening to these without good amp they will provide maybe 30% of normal quality".
So I decided I'll get myself some components to work with and got FiiO E11 , Soundcard Asus D2X and music in FLAC , today even got some 24/96 and 24/192 Vinyl rips.
First I tried FiiO E11 and only difference in music I was able to find was loudness ... yes I can get my music loud, but I don't feel like music actually sound better. Also adding bass works, so when I sum it up, I can get it louder and with more bass which is great actualy.
Than I installed Asus D2X and was expecting some completely different experience, something like my headphones will come alive and I'll be like woooow this is amazing. Unfortunately .... kinda nothing changed at all. This should be pretty decent card and it does't change anything ? I am now thinking : "Is there anything wrong with my ears ?". I spend 2 days listening to music and as I already mentioned also 24/192 Beatles - Yesterday, thinking I need some extra high quality stuff not just regular FLACs to feel difference between onboard audio and dedicated Asus D2X, but still nothing, I mean still same "sound quality". I can't hear anything extra or more clear or something.
I spend like 30 mins switching between D2X and onboard audio and listening to one song and I couldn't find difference
Could you guys help me out a little please ? Is there something wrong or these headphones won't provide better sound ?