I need a little help with a new amp or maybe just a dac. I've been using the xonar dx in my pc for about a year now and just recently I switched to the sennheiser hd 558 headphones. The xonar dx card did not have a dedicated headphone amp in it, so I'm selling it now. It did have a pretty good dac for the price.
The problem now is, I have to use the onboard alc892 and it's horrid. I can't believe the difference, and I have to turn it up all the way and it's still a little quiet on movies.
So that got me wondering, do I really need an amp or can I get away with just a desktop dac? The xonar provided provided plenty of sound, and I never turned the volume past about 60%.
I would really like a desktop dac, preferrebaly usb. I'm into quality over volume. Will just a dac provide enough volume for 50 ohm hd558's?
If so, I was looking at schiit products for the $99 dac. I really can't spend $200 for a dac and amp, and around $150 would probably be my max.
Please help, thanks!