Noob question for DacMagic users (and just optical users) - the Blue Jeans Cable optical cable I'm using is a little loose going into the DagMagic, i.e. the connection is not snug. It is still passing signal and is functioning, I just didn't know if this was typical of TOSlink connections or if I have an actual problem. I'll also go home and make sure I have it seated correctly
I'm running the DacMagic via optical out of my iMac using the BJC optical cable. I haven't tried via USB since the Mac has the optical out and I've heard somewhere that the DacMagic sounds better via the optical vs USB. I haven't tested it myself.
I just ordered a TEAC PD-H300mkIII cd player because it has an optical digital out and it's small enough to be part of my desktop system. Since the DacMagic has two digital inputs I can have the TEAC and the iMac hooked up. If I want to listen without booting up the Mac (or for critical listening when I don't want the hum of the Mac/Drobo drives in the background) I'll be able to use the TEAC as the transport. It will be interesting to compare the sound of the same disc in ALAC from the Mac vs the disc spinning in the TEAC...both running into the DacMagic. I read a negative review about the build quality of this TEAC player somewhere but I've owned many Tascam products in the past and had always heard that TEAC stuff had decent build quality. Heck, the thing was only $199 so it's worth the experiment! You can't find a portable cd player anymore (well, I can't) that has a digital out so this was the next best thing.
I don't know if this is a digression or not...just wanted to let you know how I'm using the DacMagic.