So I'm going to buy something like Sennheiser HD 558 or 598. With these I will listen music only at home (obviously, big and open cans), so I will not plug 'em in my iPod and I will not need some portable like the FiiO X3.
So I'm asking you guys if you can help me choosing a good rig for home.
1) Can my desktop PC or my laptop (IBM T43p) be a good source (most music is 320 kbps mp3, but also some FLAC; VLC player is good?), or do I need a good sound card (is it one of the most important thingh in the rig?)?
2) What do I need in between? DAC / amplifier like FiiO E7 / E10 / E17? Or since I listen always in the same room and don't have the "portable" problem can I go for something like Shiit Magni + Modi?
3) Suggestions for cables?
I listen music everyday for about 2 hours. I listen to pretty much every genres (pop, rock, alternative rock, funk, jazz, classic) except for electronic music and hip hop. I love bands like Incubus, Foo Fighters, Jamiroquai, but the list is endless. I listen to music to what I think is a normal volume (60-70% iPod max volume).