Originally Posted by NoEars
So I'm looking into maybe getting a new soundcard to push my DT770 pro's. Here's my rub though. I am currently running them through an external soundcard. I'm using is the Guitar session I/O. Not using the software or anything, just the hardware to drive my headphones. But it is more for guitar/vocal stuff... so I dunno if using it in this fashion is exactly the best idea. lol
Info on this device: http://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/
Soundcard wise I'm in the $50-75 area. What do you guys think? Worth me doing an internal soundcard, or just live with what I got? Opinions would be truly appreciated!
Your link doesn't go to a specific device, sorry.
I feel the advantages of an external sound card are significant, especially if you are on a PC. There's very little fight getting them working, and the performance is almost always better than internals, though they are also more expensive. The Mac built-in sound cards are quite good, and the differences are less apparent.
If you are recording, and you want to use your device for both purposes, you might want to pay up just a little more and get something like the Motu Microbook II, which will get you both high quality recording and playback. For less, you can get a PreSonus AudioBox USB, which is quite nice, though slightly less performance. For really high end on a budget, consider the Focusrite Forte. For playback only, there are external USB DACs that are a bit cheaper, like the FiiO E10 which combines a USB DAC and respectable headphone amp, and is at the top of your stated budget.
There are lots of others, Google at will.