I’ve spent the last week trying to learn what hardware I need only to feel more lost than before I started. Can someone please offer advice for what I should get in order to accomplish the following?
PC: Gaming and music (in that order)
Current Hardware I have
Headphones: Sennheiser HD 700
Speakers: KEF LS50
- Get the best out of the headphones and speakers that can be expected from a PC
- Support switching between headphones or speakers without having to physically unplug cables
- Elegant volume control (preferably not a remote) that can live on a desk and not take up a large amount of space - the ideal would be if the same unit could control both the output selector (headphones/ speakers) and volume
I’m fairly certain I need a DAC/ AMP but don’t know which would work best for this combination of headphones/ speakers?
I like the look of the Sennheiser GSX 1000 (small and elegant volume control) but Zeos review makes me think it’s under powered for HD700’s and unusable for the KEF’s? He mentioned attaching an additional amp so you can use the 7.1 feature and still function as an elegant volume control but again, I’m not sure which amp would best service the hardware I’ve listed?
The switch selector between headphones/ speakers can be hardware or software (like https://audioswit.ch), just want to make sure it doesn’t need to be done via plugging/ unplugging cables each time you switch
Don’t particularly have a budget in mind apart from thinking it should be on parity with the current headphones/ speakers?
At some point I might add a subwoofer.
I plan on getting a mic which would plug directly into the PC to avoid the complexities of having it run through the above (again, based on Zeos recommendation).
Your thoughts and opinions are really appreciated - thank you!