Ok, I'm new here so please bear with me. I know a lot about computers and I'm pretty knowledgeable on home theatre equipment but I'm totally new to the ins and outs of high quality audio. I currently own a pair of Tritton AX Pros that I use for Xbox and PC, but mostly PC. My AX Pros just plug into their Dolby box and then optical into my mobo. I'm wanting to upgrade my head phones to something really nice. I've decided I want the Q701's (please don't try to talk me out of them or recommend something else, I've had headache after headache narrowing it down to these after looking at mad-lust-envys list). So my main question is this:
Say I buy the Q701's for PC gaming- then what?
I've heard I need an amp- if so what good but cheap amp do you recommend? I also heard I need a sound card in my PC. If that's the case cant I just use the integrated 7.1 surround sound thats built into my P8z77 mobo or do I really need a dedicated card just for a pair of headphones? What else would I need? Do I need a mixamp(?) of some sort? Do I need a DAC (still not sure what that does)? If I need all of this then its going to start getting pretty expensive. I thought the Q701's were expensive enough but all this on top of it? Would I just be better off buying Astro a40's and calling it a day?
Please DO talk to me like I'm completely stupid and will have no idea about what you're saying because I probably wont understand half of what you say and I don't want to miss anything.
Please help! thanks
Edited by Sierra419 - 2/27/13 at 3:47pm