Hi all, I recently got my first pair of good headphones (westone 3's) and have really been enjoying the sound so far. Having never really had headphones capable of high quality sound, I've never had the need to buy amps/dacs, nor have i had the opportunity to listen to any dac/amp combo. I know that the dac/amp combo will bypass the internal dac on my phone and send the pure signal to the dac/amplifier in the usb amp/dac which will make it sound better, but my question is how much better would it actually sound? (especially since I know the w3's don't really need an amp). Will I see like a 2% increase in SQ? 5%? 10%? Also, would I be able to use the same dac/amp for my laptop? How is this increase in SQ accomplished (ie will it get clearer? warmer? better seperated? crisper? Or just get rid of the hiss?
Also, I have the North American version of the GS3 (no wolfson DAC), and my audio library is a mix of FLAC and mp3's.
Btw, my budget for a dac/amp would be <$200
Edited by Fitz zer0 - 1/5/14 at 7:45am