Hello everyone, like the title states I'm new here, I have been reading some topics now and then so not completely new to the site. So as I have managed to get a job I know have a bit more money to spend on my sound equipment and need somewhere to start at.
I listen to music pretty much non stop from the moment I boot up my PC, the headphones I use now is a pair of Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro. I got a sound card plugged in, a Asus Xonar DG but after reading around it seems that an external DAC/AMP or combo is be preferred. And that leaves me with a couple of questions if I get myself an external DAC/AMP or combo would I need my soundcard at all? my motherboard is a Asus P7P55D ( http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P7P55D/specifications/ ) that have a built in Optical S/PDIF out port, if my understandings is correct its preferred to use a optical or coax cable?
Reading around a bit in this section I came across some other guys looking for help and they got some recommendation.
The Maveric and NFB have optical and Coax. purely aesthetic I like how the Maveric unit look like. I have also had my eyes on the Asus Xonar ST but if a soundcard is not needed I don't mind spending a bit more on an external combo if that give better sound quality. Now for a budget I am Swedish so for me I could consider 2000 SEK as max and that is with shipping included. But that is not set in stone if there is something that is remarkable better for a small amount more I would most likely be ok with that.
Thankful for any kind of help
With regards Andreas
Edit 1: Adding Audinst HUD-mx2 This unit seem to get praised a bit after reading the thread about it
Edited by Exeo - 4/13/14 at 5:39am