I brought my ATH-M50's to my audiophile friend's place. He has a desktop set up with a DAC.
We listened to a song like Tipper - Puzzle Dust (flac format). I noticed that I could hear more detail using his DAC set up. It's a very fast paced song and the DAC was able to pick up all the details in the song. But then I tried to listen to Maroon 5 (flac format), and I didn't notice much of a difference from using my iPod or his desktop set up. So I'm thinking that getting expensive equipment is more for those who listen to very fast paced EDM music. What if I'm listening to pop/alternative songs? Would I benefit all that much from getting expensive equipment?