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How good are audio interfaces' headphone amp and DAC?

I'm looking to add mic-in and headphone-out capability to my computer desktop 2-channel system. After some research, audio interface seems to serve my needs.

Its mic-in part should have very good audio quality, but what about its headphone-amp and DAC part, how do they compare to similarly priced DAC/headphone amp?

I know for audio interface, I'm paying for a lot of things I dont need. For under $200, I can get a pretty decent one and the more expensive ones seems to only add more input/output. I have no way of knowing whethe the DAC and headphone amp are actually better.

From what I have researched, I should be able to skip the AI DAC and use my current DAC in my main computer listening system. But I hope it should be a solid upgrade to my laptop internal DAC when I'm in the office. Schiit Modi 3 level at the very least for a sub-$200 audio interface (Focusrite scarlett/Motu M2)?

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what headphones are you using? You might ask this in the headphone section.

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what headphones are you using? You might ask this in the headphone section.
I'm not much of a headphone person and only have some IEMs. The interface's headphone out probably is good enough for now but just wanted to know how much headroom there is.

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I'm not much of a headphone person and only have some IEMs. The interface's headphone out probably is good enough for now but just wanted to know how much headroom there is.
For IEMs, it's good enough.

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