I've always appreciated good sound quality but I never considered myself an audiophile. This Christmas I got a pair of the Momentum headphones and I'm starting to see what I've been missing; up to now I've used the generic ear bud type earphones that come with Apple devices. So I've been trying to educate myself over the last couple of days about what it takes to get the most out of these headphones.
I use the headphones on three devices: Google Nexus 4, Macbook Air, and Desktop PC. The quality of the source is AAC 256 kbps. I know that onboard sound is mostly garbage but apart from getting a something like JDS Labs c421 I'm pretty much stuck with regards to the Nexus and Air. On the desktop side I've been plugging my headphones into my keyboard (Logitech G110) which is probably blasphemous. I listen to a wide variety of music: Mozart to Deathklok to Skrillex. I also play computer games.
So the only spot in my workflow where it's worth investing in a good DAC/Amp is on my Desktop and I have some questions with regards to that:
- Is the Asus Maximus V onboard audio good for driving these headphones or is this just a gimmick?
- Considering the length of the headphone cord, is it better to go with an internal or external sound card?
- Does extending the headphone cable have an affect on the sound? (I assume the answer is yes but I want to know what specifically is affected).
- Sennheiser sells the HDVA 600 for driving headphones but the $1600 is out of my price range. So if it costs $1600 to supposedly drive these headphones to their potential what can I expect to get with say a $100 sound card?
Thanks in advance.