Hey everyone this is my first post here! I just received a pair of HD6xx’s and a Bottlehead Crack + Speedball amp is on it’s way (it’s on sale right now but I don’t know when the sale ends.)
I finally decided on this combo after reading about how great these two sound together. The only question I have is: how much difference in sound quality does an external DAC really provide and what other reasons are there for getting an external DAC vs using the built-in one like in an iPhone or Macbook Pro?
Obviously the price of the DAC will answer part of that question so I’m mostly wondering about DACs in the $200-300 range. Also, I have some FLAC music but most of my listening is through Spotify with their 320 kbit/sec feature so if I don’t get an external DAC, what do you think will be the bottleneck in my setup?