I have a burning question that I can't seem to answer on my own. Hope you'll be able to help me here!
I currently have the following desktop PC setup that I have been enjoying a lot:
Source: Foobar 2000 FLAC / Qobuz FLAC
DAC: Asus Xonar Essence ST sound card (the DAC chip is a TI PCM1792A according to Asus' website)
Amp: Burson Soloist
Cans: Audeze LCD-3
As you can see, I am essentially bypassing the Xonar amp by connecting the Soloist to the card's RCA outputs, and using the card as a DAC.
So now, time for the obvious question: is the Xonar DAC hampering the performance of my setup and, if yes, what DAC should I buy to complement my Soloist and LCD-3?
I don't have any max budget, but of course, the cheaper it is, the better (I was thinking about something along the lines of the Schiiit Bitfrost, available here in Paris at the ripoff price of €350, but don't know anything about its 'compatibility rate' with the rest of my setup).
I really don't know what to do, since on the one hand, I can't compare the Xonar with another DAC and must buy "blind", and on the other hand, I would really be disappointed if I forked another several hundred euros only to find out that the difference in SQ is marginal, or, even worse, non-existent to my still newbie Hi-Fi ears.
Thanks a lot for your answers guys!