First of all I have to say I’m not an audiophile (at least I don’t consider myself as one) and I don’t know much about DACs, AMPs etc. Here is my question: I’m getting a brand new gaming rig that comes with an integrated audio codec (Realtec ALC1150 if it is important). I do not want to get an internal soundcard (originally considered Asus Xonar Essence STX) because it will interfere with the SLI setup that I plan to have down the road (purely from the thermal perspective). I currently have a Vantec USB external 7.1 channel adapter that drives my Razer Tiamat 7.1 headset (that I don’t even like that much and barely use it) and my wireless Sennheiser RS 180 headphones. I have heard great reviews on Fiio E17 and now consider getting it. Would that be a good upgrade over what I have right now (I realize that I would be able to use only my Sennheiser headphones and not Tiamat with Fiio E17)?
Thanks a lot in advance for any suggestions!