I'm a newbie to audio in general, and always have been. I can appreciate good audio when I hear it, but I've never understood the specs on the box completely, and I have yet to go full-blown "audiophile."
Still, I have this fascination with good, crystal-clear audio. For about two years now, I've been continuing to consider what it would be like to hear some of my favorite songs at their best, or close to it. For some reason, whenever I listen to music on whatever platform, I feel like it could be better. I'm never quite sure what better sounds like, but I'd really like to find out.
My last two major audio purchases were a HT Omega Striker sound card and the Sennheiser 558. The Striker was ultimately quite disappointing, with outdated drivers and sound quality that really only seemed one or two small steps above my onboard audio (which is THX certified, whatever that accredits for). I ended up taking the thing out an just going back to onboard because the card had some issues and rendered my front-panel audio unusable.
On to the 558s... they're pretty great. Best headphones I've used ever, probably.
But I still feel like I'm not quite there yet, like I could be hearing much better results.
Largely, my music library is made up of CD-quality MP3s. I've heard about .flac and the like, but it seems to be very hard to track down all of my library in that format, since MP3 is so largely preferred for general common use.
So anyway, I want to get your opinions on this before I make anymore unnecessary purchases. What do you guys think? What direction should I go and what upgrades should I make to improve my audio experience to something really worth talking about?