Not sure whether this belongs in Computer Audio or Source Components. It is more of a sound card question.
I am putting together a HTPC. In researching sound cards, I am finding some that have a DAC and headphone amp included. I am wondering if they would be an alternative to having a separate DAC and Headphone Amp.
I recently got back into headphone listening. I have both the Grado sr60's and recently got some Sennheiser HD 380's. I rip all my cds to FLAC and listen to flac on both my computer and DAP. I am getting a portable amp for my portable listening. I was also going to get a DAC and Head phone amp. Thinking about the Schitt Magni/Modi. I am also specing out my 2nd HTPC build. My first build I wasn't focused on a sound card, This time I am. I am currently looking at the Creative Sound Blaster Z.
What do you prefer? Sound card or separates? I also need to weight a decision on convenience, as the money I save on not buying separates can go into a good sound card.