I am looking to get the absolute best headphones and either dac or soundcard for my PC. I am finding so many varying opinions on wether sound cards and dacs are worth it or a complete scam.
I do have a Yamaha HTR-5063 AVR. Would it be best to just run a toslink cable from my onboard audio to that and then plug headphones in the front 1/4" jack?
I haven't bought any headphones yet. I was looking at the Sennheiser PC350 but those are still a headset which some will probably scoff at here. I don't mind spending $300 or $400 dollars but I need some recommendations please. I want something that circumaural and isn't like a vice (I have a fairly large head). They can be open back because I live alone. They will be used mostly for gaming, some music too. I just bought an electric drum set, not sure if I will want to use these headphones when jamming on that or if I'll get something else for that purpose.
If you don't think I should use my receiver, what's a good DAC that has external power and an optical input? I believe bypassing the USB and analog outputs from my onboard sound would be the best idea right?