Where did you hear that , its totally BS. A soundcard makes a big difference in the SQ provided you use good headphones/speakers with itbut my laptop doesn't have any soundcard. still it sounds quite good. and what i have studied about soundcards they jjst take the load off cpu for audio processing.cpu can also process sound in absence of sound card. so will putting a sound card really enhance the audio . i don't need 5.1 or 7.1 i just use 2.1 speakers or headphones mostly.
do i need to get dac or amp? or both?Well that is probably because DAC's are becoming much more popular and can be used with your smartphone,laptop. or PC. But owning both a Xonar DX and a Fiio E17 , i still find the Xonar DX to be much better than the Fiio E17. However i would suggest you to go with a DAC due its pairing capabilities and also easy plug and play nature.
Check out for DACs from Fiio you can then accordingly choose the one that fits your budget. Else check the TE Market Place there are quiet a few people selling amps at a decent price
thanks bro for the help. can you recommend one? also if i get internal soundcard to save some money which one you would recommend dg or dx? i don't use much hifi range speakers or headphones(sony srs D9, soundmagic p30 and xiaomi pistons only.) so considering that what would be best?A DAC would do fine , however a DAC with amp functionality can come in handy for high impedance audio gear played on portable media ( mp3 player, smartphone etc)
Thanks. one final question. Between DG and DX is the sound quality difference too much to justify buying dx?The Xonar DG would suffice if you want to buy a soundcard. About the DAC/AMP sorry but I have listened to only Fiio products and Nuforce Udac (which does not sell currently I guess) and I found the Xonar DX to sound better than these products overall.
E9 is only an amplifier right? my main concern is not to amplify but to increase the SQ though i use headphone mostly so amp may be of use. I am stuck between fiio e10k(both amplifier and dac for 5k) or xonar dg/dx. one member here is selling used dx. but haven't really got any reviews about the same.After considering your requirement it seems DG will be best bet for you. If you have any interest in DAC's, I have FIIO E9, which is lying unused, I can think of selling it at a good price. Let me know.