I am new to this forum and I'm currently searching for a few answers.
I want to improve my listening experience in general, but currently especially with headphones.
I mainly listen to music through my computer (with high-quality files).
The first step I thought about is to buy new headphones, I was thinking about Sennheiser HD 700's.
But I then read about the necessity (or at least it would be better) to use a headphone amplifier.
And diving deeper into all this stuff I also heard about "DAC's".
Because my current setup is pretty bad and no-name stuff I think I have to upgrade every part that's necessary.
So my questions are, when I use a computer to listen to music:
1. A DAC converts a digital signal to an analog one, this goes to the amp and then powers the headphone, right?
2. When using a DAC, how do I get the signal into the DAC? With a sound card (S/PDIF or TOSLINK)? And if so, can I use any sound card or is the digital output affected by the used card? How do I prevent the sound card from changing my signal, I'd like the soundcard just to transport the signal to the DAC to get the raw signal to my ears (without any effects (EAX, Crystalizer, ...) maybe with an option to affect the sound (more bass, less treble,...)).
I was already looking for answers to these questions but couldn't find any on google or here, I'd be very happy if you could help me with this. :)
And I was thinking about if this is the same order that would be needed for non-headphone hifi experience if connected with a computer?
PC (Sound card/...?) -> DAC -> AMP -> Speakers
Thank you very very much! :)
I'm pretty new and unknowing in this...