Many of us like to listen to sound clips, songs, videos and other music off the internet and lap tops. Until recently, I wasn't able to really tell a whole lot about how something sounded.
My friend gave me an Audioquest Dragonfly and things really changed. It is not much bigger than a flashdrive, is a digital to analog convertor (DAC) and it overrides the music processor in your laptop, and allows you to plug in a set of headphones or an interconnect cable and connect your laptop to a preamp. http://www.audioquest.com/usb_digita.../dragonfly-dac
I am using it with a set of Seinnheiser HD280 PRO headphones, and also use it with an Audioquest interconnect that is 3.5mm to (2) RCA into my preamp for my stereo. It sounds amazing. My buddy who gave me the Dragonfly is an audiophile and has B&W speakers, a $4000 preamp, etc. He bought it after seeing an article in Stereophile magazine, and never heard it until he listened to my set up. He could not believe how great it sounds with all kinds of music files. In his words, the WAV files definitely sound more detailed and sound better, but if you listen to anything else it sounds great too. I played some of his favorite songs on YouTube and he couldn't believe how great the sound was live streaming off Wi-fi! http://www.audioquest.com/bridges-falls/evergreen http://en-us.sennheiser.com/professi...ing-hd-280-pro
Playing WAV files it is unbelievable!!! But the great thing, is that when TB members like KJUNG post sound clips it sounds fantastic and I can clearly hear all the differences in EQ, amps, speaker cabs etc. And it sounds great playing even lowly MP3 files.
If you like to listen to music, I can tell you this set up works. The headphones I have are kind of a monitor type headphone. They are closed so I don't hear much in the way of outside sounds, and others don't hear my music.