Originally Posted by Simca
DAC and amp are 2 completely different entities. DAC will give you sound quality/clarity. An amp will allow you to drive the higher impedance headphones.
An external DAC often times combines both of those into one. A receiver sometimes does that as well.
If you go passive speaker you need a speaker amp though and finding an external DAC with a speaker amp isn't very easy.
So while I do recommend you build your own amp if you have the ability to do so, just keep in mind you would need a DAC as well.
yeah i would be building a dac, i dont have any quality headphones atm, jsut a pair of turtbke beach usb *gag*. so that s a definate must. i havent built any of the cmoy or anything yet so a dac would be a month or so away while i learn. my gf however knows electrical fairly well so she could help. i typically use my speakers for gaming and the headphones for music at night. i know i need new heeadphones, i dont fps on the computer so im not that worried about positional sound when picking a set of headphones.
so a few questions, should i get the stx or no? i am leaning towards no and building an external dac, as i think i will get better sound from it.
what headphones in the 200 dollar range would you suggest for a 70% music user. i listen to pretty much everything, electronic/techno,country,rock,pop,metal.
i also think i will keep my klipsch for now and focus on a dac.
sumic, can a dac be a hadphone amp and a speaker amp? to get the both out of both worlds without giving up sound quality? i figure a soundcard/dac or whatever i go with will improve my speakers aswell over onboard sound. I also assume i will see a night and day difference in a true quality set of phones/cans over the usb turtles.