Hey. Sorry if these questions have been asked numerous times but here it goes...
I listen to music mainly from my laptop (gateway M-7332H) using iTunes and headphone out to an ancient logitech 5 speaker system.
I visited two audio stores to try to get an education and they were both telling me different things. One told me that i absolutely needed a DAC (such as audioquests firefly) before hooking up to any speakers because of "the law of diminishing returns" and how much benefit i would see because i use mp3 format. The other told me that there is no need for a DAC because the mp3 quality is so poor to start with that there will be minimal benefit.
the speaker systems that were recommended to me are as follows
- Kanto YUMI
- Bose companion 5
I do not want to spend more than 500$ and want to make sure i make a solid first purchase as i continue to explore audio.
Any advice would be appreciated.