Hello Headfi, first post here.
Is there some kind of "Introduce yourself" thread? If so, please point me towards it. :)
I've been lurking these forums for a few days as I've been on the lookout for a new set of cans. I've ended up deciding that I'll go with the V-Moda M-100. I come from the D1100, so as you can probably tell I am a Basshead :).
In the midst of my lurking, I stumbled upon the term "DAC" and decided that this is what I've been missing! (Yes you've already destroyed my wallet :( )
I'm still a bit confused about a few things though. The primary reason I want to get a DAC is to bypass my PC's internal DAC. I Mostly use my speakers for listening to music at home, so speaker connectivity is the main requirement. So the main question is:
Will I feel a noticeable difference by connecting my speakers to a DAC and if so, which one should I get??
At the moment I use the onboard soundcard from my Sabertooth P67. This is connected to my "Audio Analogue - Puccini" amplifier which amplifies my "Dali Concept 1" speakers.
The plan is then to connect a DAC via. USB, and then connect the speakers through the Puccini amp to the DAC. (I assume this is the way to do it?)
I mostly listen to what would be commonly associated as "EDM" even though I hate that term, I'd simply like to call it "Electronic Music".
Besides that, I listen to Hip-Hop/Rap as well as some nu-metal and rock, like the sort Incubus produces, but I don't really limit myself to genres, if it sounds good to me, there's no reason it can't be a jazz or country track :). What I'm trying to say is that 70% of my music collection is probably "EDM".
95% of my music library consists of 320kbit/s MP3's.
The DAC's I've been looking at are:
FIIO E09K - I don't really understand how the pairing with an E07/E17 would improve it, can someone explain this to me? Is the DAC in the E07/E17 better or?
Audioengine D1 - Seems to have just what I need connectivity wise.
Schiit Magni + Modi - These look amazing, but it doesn't seem like I can have my speakers connected simultaneously with headphones?
Audinst-HUD-MX2 - This is a little above my budget, but it has all the features and connectivity that I could want.
Edited by SLEEb - 3/24/13 at 6:38am