Hi guys, I recently bought the a schiit Valhalla and Sennheiser HD 650 (upgraded from E17+Senn HD 518). The quality gain was quite good, so I am a happy camper for now. The thing is that when I tried the combo at my local store, it seems quite noticibly better, can't really pinpoint where, but it just seems better (more relaxing and deep/crisps, i think) at the store than when I tried it at home.
I have been doing a little research and rounded up the possible solutions:
1. The tubes on the amp haven't "aged" enough yet. So basically it will eventually sound better if I use it everyday?
2. I need a better DAC than the Creative Titanium HD that I have at the moment, the one that they hooked up at the store was a very high end one and diffinitely out of my range. Correct me if I am wrong, but aren't all DACs are actually the same? digital information is either there or it isn't, right? The main job of the DAC "Digital to Analogue Converter" is to translate the 1s and 0s into analogue sound.
3. I should turn off the CREATIVE effects ( Crystalizer, Cross-fade frequency, etc..), which I did, but still sounds nowhere near the what I expected.
Since I already spent quite a lot on my last purchase, I am willing to spend a little more to further improve my setup. Should I get a new external DAC? better cables? Willing to shell out around 400$. Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance. I am still new at this.