Originally Posted by evernessince
Thank you for the very informative response! I will try those drivers out.
I do have another thing to ask that I've never been able to get a straight answer about. I've read that an external audio setup is better than an internal one. Is this really true? What kind of gear does it involve? I've heard you need a DAC but I've no idea if that's all you need. Could you please clarify and thank you!
About $250 is about the most you would pay for a sound card, where as you can spend $1000 (or more) for an external DAC/head amp.
So if your willing to spend the cash, you will get great sound quality (I spent $300 for my Audio-GD NFB-15.32 external DAC/amp)
There is some good values for externals, Schiit Modi DAC with a Schiit Magni headphone amplifier, is $200.
Externals are not normally effected by any electrical noise that might be generated inside the computer case, as the digital audio signal is passed out of the case (using USB, optical, coaxial) before is is converted to an analog audio signal.
So having your DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) external, does have advantages over using the DAC feature built into sound cards.
On Head-fi, when someone talks about a "DAC", they are usually referring to an external "DAC", a DAC may or may not also have a built in headphone amplifier.
Your using the Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphones, personally I would not spend more then around $100 (SB-Z) for driving them.
As you can get better sounding (used) headphones starting at around $150.