So after a personal journey of continuous buying cheapo headphones/earplugs. I thought, 'well you like sound so much, why don't you just buy a great headphone?' So got a Beyer Dynamic dt770 250 ohm and I am very happy. Got a FIIO E11 with it for portable use with my mp3 player. But the sound I get from the laptop is still not there. (Asus k73sv).
I remembered having some Trust usb wireless headphones that had decent audio quality. (even better then I get now from the Beyer Dynamic in the normal audio sound card). So it really must be the crappy soundcard and higher impedance from the headphones ( I experience lack of bass thump, and nasty clipping).
So I am looking for a USB Dac or some sorts. First I began looking for an extended soundcard like the Xonar U7. But then learned it wasn't really up to par for higher impedance headphones. Then looked into the HifimeDIY Sabre Dac (cheap, small). But thought... well maybe I just need to invest a bit more. So right now I am looking into the Aune T1 tube headphone amp.
Then there are options of Audioquest Dragonfly, and the Audioengine D1. So I am kinda lost on what to do now.
Can any of you give me recommendations on what to do exactly? I just want to have great sound (to enjoy movies, music) and something that drives my Beyers very nice. I am leaning towards the Aune T1, but I am also open to other 'cheaper' products. I make use of a program called DFX audio enhancer which I like for tooling around with the sound. But learned that the settings could be much more conservative with the Beyer instead of the cheapo headphone.
(Btw I have a fairly good understanding of vacuum tubes since I am a guitar player and have built several clones of famed guitar amps).
Greetings Erik from Netherlands.
Edited by Kassie - 10/5/13 at 7:55am