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Stick with soundcard or invest in external DAC?

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I currently own SoundBlaster Z with Nicheon FG capacitors and it's paired with Phonak Audeo PFE-112 (Grey Filter). The 112s are pretty awesome IEMs and I want to get the most out em'. Given my maximum budget is £150, would it be better to stick with SBZ or switch to a DAC (such as Fiio Alpen-E17 or Audioengine D1)?

 

PS: Although I game on my PC, I don't use any of the gaming feature on the SBZ. I mainly care about music quality (and films).


Edited by Nielo TM - 5/26/14 at 11:07pm
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Epiphany Acoustics EHP-O2D Miniature Desktop Headphone Amplifier with USB DAC, 166.99 GBP
Sell off the SB-Z to help cover the costs of the EPH-02D
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Epiphany Acoustics EHP-O2D Miniature Desktop Headphone Amplifier with USB DAC, 166.99 GBP
http://epiphany-acoustics.co.uk/products-page/dacs/ehp-o2d-miniature-desktop-headphone-amplifier-with-usb-dac/
Sell off the SB-Z to help cover the costs of the EPH-02D

+1

This unit is the same as the Objective 2 (O2) amp and ODAC that you'll see regularly recommended on Head-Fi (they just changed the model name). Best SQ for your money smily_headphones1.gif
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