So I just got a pair of Sennheiser HD 598s, and I gotta say...I'm absolutely loving the sound! As an upgrade from Bose, these have been amazing for me so far.
Anyways, I know it's recommended to pair these with an amp/dac in order to drive them to their full potential. I currently am using an onboard Realtek, and am ready to upgrade to get the most out of the 598s.
From what I've read so far, the Fiio e17 seems like the most recommended choice for a modestly priced amp/dac. My budget is preferably no higher than $150, so would these be my best bet?
Also, I've noticed a sizable amount (although not all) of my music, which is all in FLAC format playing through Foobar using WASAPI, has a somewhat static hiss (which tends to be more noticable when the volume is turned up). Is this more of a problem with the onboard soundcard needing to be remedied by an amp/dac, or could it be directly related to my music files?