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Is cheap DAC worth it for beginer's set?

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Hi,

i currently use Thomson scenium dpl900VD home theatre set to stereo(2.1) as amplifier. I recently upgraded it with set of Q Acoustics 2010i speakers. Default surround speakers are unpluged. I also have AKG K-99 headphones but i don't listen to them as often.

As a source, I use my PC with Foobar2K and flac library (mostly acoustic stuff like Ludovico Einaudi, Simon and Garfunkel, Two Steps From Hell but also a little bit of electro swing) and i will definitely use it as a source in future.

Thought the sound is quite nice for unexperienced beginer like me, i was wandering if a new soundcard or DAC could improve the sound (I currently use SB Audigy SE  embarassed - it's the cheapest card available but better than an onboard card). 

My problem as a student is very low budget so my question is: would buying cheap external DAC like FiiO D03K TAISHAN or new soundcard like Behringer UCA202 or something similar under 40-50 GPB improved my listening experience?

I will be grateful for every opinion offered.

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RE: Is cheap DAC worth it for beginer's set?

 I think you might hear a small difference, but most likely it wont be worth the outlay. If I was you I would think about it again when yiu can afford £150-200. The difference with headphones will be bigger, especially when you're talking aboit combined usb dac + headphone amps. 

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RE: Is cheap DAC worth it for beginer's set?

Thank you very much....i actually googled for about 6 hours straight and I couldn't find the answer...well at least i learned quite a few things about DAC's.  woohoo!

Thought it looks like with this starting passion of mine i'll be poor student for my whole life  rolling on the floor laughing

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Headphones: AKG K-99