If i end up buying a sound card, ill probably go for one of the new sound blaster's. That's what i'm trying to figure out though. As far as i can tell, the only difference between a dac/amp setup, and a soundcard, is the software. The question then is, is this software a "godsend" for what my goal is here, or is regular stereo playback with an amp to drive the headphones correctly better. These are the questions i need input on, based on experience preferrably.