This is my first forum post on head-fi so please excuse me if I've made a mistake! I just ordered some Sennheiser HD 558s, which I will be using for gaming as well as music and movies on my desktop PC. I've read several threads on the site, and have come to the conclusion that the headphones will be put to the best use if I have excellent data output from my PC, and a formidable amp to power them... Trouble is, I'm confused on what to buy.
First off, I'm not sure if I should buy an internal sound card for my PC (I'm living with onboard RealTek at the minute -_-), or buy an external DAC. I will be playing a variety of games, from FPS to RPG, and directional sound is quite important. That being said, however, I also listen to lots of music, and I want the best quality I can have in that department. So, what do you all suggest? Should I buy an internal sound card, or external DAC, or both? And if so, which ones are reasonably priced (ideally $200 or under)?
The amp is the next thing that I need, and I am willing to spend up to $150 on this, but I'd also like it to be able to power higher impedance cans, in the event that I purchase some in the future.
I'm not sure what the trade-off is between an internal sound card and an external DAC with sound quality in games or music, but I'd like an extremely well rounded setup...
Anyways thanks for taking the time to help out!