Originally Posted by Croftengea
Recently I have purchased an ELE DAC in hope that I will get some sound improvements. However, I don't hear any significant differences in sound quality comparing to internal DAC of my MBP. My setup is MBP/iTunes -> ELE DAC -> Beyer DTX 501p. I have tried to play both 256kbit AACs and losesless ALACs. What possibly is wrong? ELE DAC is no good enough, or MBP built-in DAC is very good, or DTX501p haven't got enough resolution, or my ears?? Even tough I don't consider myself a hi-fi pro but I hear differences between different headphones which make me think this is a technical problem rather than perceptual. So any suggestions would be welcome!
Apple computers are considered to usually come with decent audio hardware (better the stock Win PC audio hardware).
The ELE DAC comes with the PCM2704 DAC chip, which does sound better then the 5 year old Win PC computer that I use my ELE DAC with.
The Beyer DTX 501p headphone are fairly "basic" headphones, I'm guessing they change very little in sound quality no matter how much you amplifiy them.
The FiiO E10 USB-DAC-AMP ($75) might give a slight improvement.
As it comes with a better DAC chip (WM8740) and a low impedance headphone amplifier :)
But I'm guessing the best way to improve audio quality is to buy better headphones.