I assume that the answer to the above question is yes, but please allow me to give some background.
I'm new to the world of better audio quality. I'm currently using the Sure SRH840 (44 Ohms impedance) that are plugged into the motherboard, but looking to upgrade my listening experience a little and to get away from the onboard chip.
I don't consider myself and audiophile, but I think that I can appreciate a better sound experience. In the last week or so I researched this (and other) subject and understood that what I need is a DAC and perhaps even an AMP. I lack a lot of knowledge to even understand some of the explanations that are given in some of the threads so I don't want to spend a lot of money without understanding what I'm investing in and how it addresses my needs - which if to be honest, I don't even know how to define except for 'looking to improve my listening experience a little'. Therefore, I thought to get a good entry level DAC and go from there with time and as budget allows.
From my research into the DAC/AMP territory I read that the HiFimeDIY Sabre U2 Asynchronous USB DAC gives great value and is quite recommended. This brings me to my question: The HiFimeDIY Sabre U2 Asynchronous USB DAC seems like a great starting point, however, my main concern is that I'm not sure if it will offer a better experience over the onboard chip; at first I was quite sure that it will, but after reading some more on the subject a doubt crept in because some claim that the onboard chips are not that bad compared to the cheap DACs.
I'm still under the impression that the Sabre U2 DAC is significantly better than my onboard chip, and because the Sure SRH840 can benefit from a better DAC (and maybe AMP), I can expect an upgraded listening experience.
For its price the Sabre U2 seems like a bargain so I'm not concerned about that, it is just that I don't like redundancy (except for critical data storage :)) and don't want to invest in something that will give me pretty much what I already have.
I will appreciate any input and advice.
Edited: to correct the subject line so it will show the entire question.
Second edit: my main uses are Music (lossless from various sources or not highly lossy) and some video (for which I don't expect much improvement in the audio quality department).
Edited by AboutBlank - 1/1/14 at 7:39am