I am recently new to this whole scene, and I finally got some decent entry level headphones (Superlux, HD 668B), and a decent entry level amp (Little Bear P-1, Hybrid 12AU7 amp). I found that with these two new additions I have noticed two huge jumps in audio quality, over my previous Sony cans straight out of the computer.
Looking at my set-up now, the last piece of the chain that I didn't really address is DAC. Would an entry level DAC of some kind give me the same jumps in quality I saw with new cans and amp? I would be looking to spend around $50, and generally prefer to go used if thats an option.
Currently I am running through the built in VIA HD audio processor, with supports 192K 24bit sampling.
Finally I play pretty much 100% of my music through google play, so any improvements would need to be able to be heard with this source. Not requiring lossless files or other software tweaks.
Any input is greatly appreciated.