My primary sound system is an old McIntosh Receiver with solid state amplifier and 45 watts per channel. It has always been great for me and I use it primarily with headphones or my JBL Apollo speakers. I generally take sound files from my computer, burn them to CD and play them on the CD player connected McIntosh for the highest quality sound.
I also like to play sound files on my computer (I use primarily .flac, .mp3 and .wav sound files) where they also sound pretty darned good through my headphones. While the sound on my PC is good that way, it is easy to tell that it is not the same quality as the sound on the McIntosh.
Right now, my PC just has whatever sound card came with it (Dell Inspiron System). I am wondering if there is anything I can add to the PC to bring the sound quality up to something approaching the quality of sound in my McIntosh. I’m not looking for something powerful enough to drive my large speakers, just getting quality audio through my headphones on the PC would be great.
I realize that it is highly unlikely that I could get my PC to sound as good as my main amplifier but even if I could get it close (particularly to add more bass), that would be great.
Is there something I can add to my PC hardware and/or software to accomplish this? Thanks in advance for any feedback.