first of, this is my first post here so i'd like to take the opportunity and tell a bit about myself:
I'm 25 years old and come from germany. I always loved music but only recently (2 months ago) discovered the head-fi community. This started with me searching a new mp3 player.
With some help i now spend much more money then i thought but i do now know that it's well worth it!
My current setup is a sansa clip zip and Beyerdynamics DT 770 Pro 80 Ohm. The Headphones are not only used with the portable but also on my PC. Currently i use my onboard sound to an Onkyo AV-Reciever and then via headphone out to the cans.
This is where things start to get into the direction where questions arise. I have the parts for a cmoy on the way and have the feeling that my onboard sound is quiet behind the rest of my equipment. So i plan on upgrading the source.
Two ways come to my mind (limited money as alwas^^). First would be a around 100€ PCI-e Soundcard. This to either the Onkyo or the cmoy. Second possibility is a schiit modi instead of the soundcard.
Both are payable. Both seem good solutions. But which is better? I think the main advantage of a external dac is, that i may exchange it later, if my pockets are full of money.
So give me your opinion. For music only, dac or card?