Now that I have good headphones (Shure srh840), and I can notice the difference between a CD on a stereo and a 320 kbps mp3 made from the same CD, I have a few questions as far as using my laptop is concerned.
1. Would I get better sound out of my laptop with a DAC/amp/both with WAV lossless files (or the CD itself) than with either this stereo (http://www.amazon.com/Sony-CMT-HP7-CMTHP7-Executive-Microsystem/dp/B00009L1RI) or a Bose, both of which my parents have?
2. If so, what do you recommend? I've looked around this forum and it seems a "budget" suggestion is the Schiit Magni and Modi. However, I have no intention of spending that much money (the $140 for the headphones was a stretch to begin with). I'd really say my budget is under $100, though I might be able to stretch that a little. I've also looked at the Fiio e07k. Would this be able to get me better sound quality than the stereos I mentioned? If so, how much better? I don't really want to spend around $90 for a very slight improvement over the systems I already have.
If it matters, I have a Dell Latitude E6500 laptop (had it since 2009). I have not upgraded the sound card in any way, if that is even possible, and I have no intention of doing so. Again, if it matters, most of what I will listen to is a wide range of rock and some metal. I'm clearly new to this and clueless, so any advice would be greatly appreciated.