[Edit: I finally got myself a FiiO E10 DAC. I'm happy about it and would recommend it.]
I'd like to enjoy my CDs and FLACs and replace my internal sound card by an external device. External because I have a laptop, and I'd also like to use it at home and at work.
I will use it with Denon AH-D1100 headphones, and later with speakers I don't have yet. The max price I can put in is 100€ (~$100).
My main question is: what would be the main difference between a DAC and a sound card?
I have noticed that most DACs don't have internal amplifiers; is it "bad" for a usage with headphones and decent speakers?
Some DACs I found: AIM Ultimate USB (looks cheap) and Audiotrak Maya U5.
A sound card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD. This one looks more complete, and I'm confident about the brand.
Also, I listen mainly to Metal, if that may help.
Feel free to suggest any other device.
Edited by pyromilkz - 10/14/13 at 11:03am