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Would a DAC and/or an amp make any noticable difference with my current headphones?

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Hi! I just recently got interested in audio stuff. I'd used a crappy 2.1 speaker set for years and I finally decided to buy a new set of headphones. I bought the Alessandro MS1i, mostly because everyone says they are great value and also because they're open-backed (I personally can't stand closed headphones). From the moment I connected them, I loved them. They really changed my whole music listening experience.

Now, I would like to get the best out of them. I read that because they're quite low impedance (32 ohm), a dedicated amp wouldn't make much difference? Would a dedicated DAC make much difference though? I'm currently mostly listening through my PC which has a pretty cheap Intel mobo (DP55WB) with an on-board Realtek ALC888 sound chip. I know the quality of those on-board chips has increased a lot compared to the really old ones, but I guess it's still not great and definitely not hi-fi material.

My question: are there any not too expensive DACs and/or amps that would enhance my listening experience with my current headphones?
Edited by lesderid - 1/2/14 at 4:16am
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Try the Asus Xonar DG sound card, $27.

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Try the Asus Xonar DG sound card, $27.


 



Okay, thanks, I'll see where I can get that here.
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