I'm a little confused about the relationship between the PC sound card and the DAC/Amp. So please bare with me...
I currently have a Creative Labs XtremeGamer sound card in my PC. I use AD700s. I am happy with my sound, but I can't help but feeling there is more out there to be enjoyed! (especially in the bass category).
I've been doing alot of research, and many people recommend stepping up to the AKG Q701 from the AD700. Is this a justifiable purchase with my current sound card? Most people recommend buying a DAC/Amp with the Q701. Is this also needed?
In short, I'm looking for the best sound card, DAC/Amp, open over-ear Headphone combination for under $1000. I do not plan on using these headphones away from my desk. Portability is not a main concern.
Any feedback is appreciated! Thanks.