Hi Im looking for better headphone sound quality from my desktop pc. I'm using an older pci creative xfi xtreme gamer sound card and have a pair of hd555's(50 ohm I believe), have had both for probably 4-5 years. The soundcard is fairly cheap but got good reviews for processing all sound on the card and not through software like newer cards.
For $200-300 what should I be looking at to give me better sound(amp/ dac/ new headphones)? I dont need it to be portable and I dont need it to work with speakers, just headphones. I was looking at the recently released vali amp but I always have my windows volume set to 18-20/100 so I'm not sure if an amp will do me much good.
Any tips on what to purchase would be great, something I can add to in a year or so instead of selling will be a plus as well.