Originally Posted by HybridCore
I just looked at the D1 and realized its an amp and DAC
Edit- anyways, what does a receiver do besides for just be a bridge to other audio components?
A receiver IS a DAC. DAC = Digital to Analogue Converter.
If you're using a digital signal from the sound card, to say a receiver...you don't NEED a sound card for that. You can use onboard and get great sound. A digital signal is a digital signal.
The receiver will also act as an amplifier, since it....well is one. You can power speakers with it, headphones, a subwoofer....whatever you want. You can also use it for more than one source.
I'd say get a good receiver that fits your budget as a starting point, and use that to power your headphones. That's what I did, and I love it. Plus, it'll give you TONS of options to add to it in the future with speakers / subs / inputs.
It's like buying the highest end motherboard, but using the cheapest processor so to speak. High end motherboard being the receiver, the cheapest processor being you're powering headphones instead of speakers / sub. But you'd have SOOO much room for upgrades.