Originally Posted by PurpleAngel
Usually Macs come with decent built in audio hardware, i would "assume" the ATH-AD700 would sound just as good plugged directly into the Mac, as it would with the Mix-amp.
I would assume Even a cheap USB DAC/amp, like the ELE EL-D02 ($20) would give the mix-amp a run for the money.
I used the Mixamp with my mac on counter strike last night and it worked pretty well. Not as great as the sound card I had in my desktop, but good enough for directional sound. Man, nothing can really beat a sound card =( Too bad I got spoiled. Do those cheap usb DAC's have 5.1 virtual surround?
The built in audio hardware on my macbook pro sounds just as good anyway, just the 5.1 needed for surround. I don't have a clue what kind of equipment would be needed to get that good of a sound out of a PS4, or something. That's why I'm thinking AV receiver. Wish there was something that did it all.