I'm set on portability, just got the IEMs and I like em a lot. Now looking for an upgrade in sound at home. Better speakers? Better headphones? Would a headphone amp help tremendously? I've done the 555 to 595 mod.
What's the next step in my hifi endeavors? got: Senn 555, RE262, Sony SS-B3000 bookshelves /w Dayton DTA-1 Amp
Gear mentioned in this thread:
Whoops. I've got an Asus XONAR DG sound card. Cheap but I hear good things about the Xonar line, and it sounds good to me. The amp is the Dayton DTA-1:
Budget I'm not sure about, because this is a future purchase, just planning right now. Maybe $200?
The Xonar DG is a decent entry level sound card, but you could certainly improve the sound you get from your computer by upgrading to a separate DAC and headamp. The Schiit Audio Modi/Magni are a popular combination at the moment. Or if you want something that can also be portable for $300 there is the O2 and ODAC. There is some discussion in this thread about both: http://www.head-fi.org/t/641630/magni-modi-vs-odac-o2
Alright, since I'm wanting a cheaper, short-term solution for the time being to drive my 555s and RE262s, I'm gonna get the FiiO E11.
I wouldn't mind upgrading my speakers btw but the CL where I live is abysmal. Rural area with bad selection and inflated prices :(
Edited by Ensiferum - 1/28/13 at 9:26pm