Be patient with me as I am new to the world of audio equipment and headphones.......at least in the decent grade category.
I have always been a music lover and recently with the purchase of a different home I now have a 24 X 12 room in the basement. I admit it is a bit dated with square tile floors and paneled walls. The ceiling is rather low at 7 feet.
My equipment I realize is crap. It is a Sony Surround DDW660 that was purchased about 10 years ago before I was into audio equipment but I am rather pleased with it. However I would love to upgrade eventually to some great gear. I have a laptop computer with over 12,000 songs on Windows Media Player that I feed to my receiver using a Sound blaster wireless card that plugs into the port on the computer. I then get my laptop library to play through my Sony surround via the Sound blaster.
I also have recently purchased a set of Sennheiser HD 439 headphones and I still use the Sound Blaster Wireless card that plugs into the port (similar to a thumb drive) and I feed the music through to my Sony receiver. I then plug my headphones into the headphone jack on the receiver rather than plug directly into my laptop.
Questions: Am I better off plugging into the receiver to receive the music to my headphones? By doing so do I eliminate my need to purchase a headphone amp?
Am I better off plugging headphones directly into computer instead of the receiver in terms of getting better quality sound?
Feel free to comment on my equipment (bottom line is I know it is crap except for maybe the headphones).
Is the Sound Blaster USB port Wireless that I use to throw to receiver a good option? It is only option I have right now though.
I realize that my equipment and gear does not begin to hold a candle to most on this forum but I still consider myself an audiophile and I realize I need upgrades galore, but I want to maximize what I have to still enjoy my love of music.
PS am still researching headphones vs speakers and enjoy the debates. I love both at this point equally.