Tbh, I don't know much about audio related stuff as I read through some of the audiophile like forums.
All those terms and sorts of equipment start to confuse me more and more. :D
And because I'm a bit intrigued by this topic, I really wanna learn more about it.
To start, I have an iPod Classic, last gen, and I'm listening to my music with my Bowers & Wilkins P5.
I consider this headphone a really good one. Built quality and sound are amazing IMO.
But to you, are these good headphones, or is this just like apple, more brand, less quality? (I don't know so much about the impedance and other aspects of a headphone)
Most of the time I listen to jazz and for that purpose I find this headphones excellent.
Well balanced, no over the top bass. Just perfect for my needs, I think.
I've got a decent set-up, I can say. Reasonably priced too, but worth the money, I guess.
But I'm listening to mp3 files. 'Why?' you ask. Because I've got a lot, I mean A LOT of music, hence the 160gb iPod.
I came from a $200 set-up to a current $550 set-up. With great improvements. Even though I still listen to the same files.
Now, I started wondering. Could it be even better?
A friend of mine told me about a DAC. I study engineering but I didn't know it even existed tbh. Living in these digital era makes everything obvious, even digital music. :p
Now I know it converts the digital file to an analog signal, correct me if I'm wrong? If you want, tell me more about it.
My main question: would an external DAC/amp make my listening experience with this current set-up better? Or wouldn't it make a difference unless I listen to lossless files? Or won't I hear the difference using my current headphones?
If it does, what's a decent add-on to my set-up?
I read about these DAC/amp's from Fiio. And I also came across this crazy set-up https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psnZmoNznpU, which intrigues me even more.
I'm pretty content of my current set-up, but if I can make it even better, why not. I listen to my music a lot (lots of train travel every day).
Also I think such fine music like jazz deserves a better listening experience. I love jazz :3
If there are other things I need to consider, please let me know.