i have a headphone amplifier to start with. i dont think it's anything special but then again i haven't gotten to hear it from a proper line out yet.
cd quality flac mostly.
i currently have windows 7 desktop (core 2 duo e7300) dell pc with integrated soundmax high
it has only hdmi and a 3.5 line out. no s/pdif. and i have nothing that receives hdmi either. so it's usb or new sound card pretty much
I guess i havent read up too much on my current setup and peoples impressions of it. But im just guessing right off the bat that it is run off the mill consumer level stuff
So i guess my question is whats the best usb dac for under $200 that would be the most likely improvement. or where's the best place to start for the MOST LIKELY or at least "get my foot in the door" improvement with limited funds. Also (this may be a silly question i dont know). would my modest spending limit be better off just getting a cowon or a colorfly player or even an ipod.
With regards ONLY to sound quality. Whats the best way to spend $200 not counting an amplifier as i have one to start with. But i do intend to improve on that as well. So a dac/amp combo is very viable option. But it would be best if it at least has a proper line out so i can run other amps. or would it?