As per my thread here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/703040/dac-amp-upgrade-from-xfitihd-mstage-closed-cans-to-pair-with-he400s
I'm pondering a few things about my setup, particularly in terms of my soundcard (TiHD) and how good a DAC it is.
My current setup: PC -> Creative X-Fi Ti HD -> Matrix MStage HPA1 -> HE-400s
Listening to: EDM (House/Trance/DnB/Dub) + Movies and a bit of gaming
Do you guys think it's worth looking into an external DAC to replace the TiHD? How much of a difference would it make (if at all?), and at what point would it be worth it? IE how much would I realistically have to spend to see much of an improvement over the TiHD?
I'm looking at upgrading my entire setup, given the announcement of the HE560s, probably looking at spending ~$1000-1500 on DAC+Amp+Headphones, so if i'll have to spend a lot on an external DAC to see much of a difference, I may as well look at getting a better amp or something.
Thanks guys and girls :)
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