Hi there! This is my first post here.
I consider myself to have a pretty good ear. Im not including why, for fear of sounding terribly conceited :D
My question is about DACs. I'm guessing that, as per the name, a DAC takes an audio file and turns it into analog waves that can be played by headphones. To my understanding, this means that any audio device contains a DAC. So when we talk about using portable ones, hooked up to mp3 players, what we are doing is bypassing the devices DAC and using a better, external one.
Now how would one go about hooking up a dac to a laptop? It seems that it would have to be usb. So do dacs come with a usb input? Basically, it seems to me that a dac is mostly an external soundcard, which would be recognized by the laptop as a usb audio interface.
And an iPod. I have seen pictures of ipods hooked up to FiiO devices. As I understand it, these combine a higher quality DAC and an amp for louder audio. For this setup, does the ipod consider the FiiO to be an iPod dock? This seems to make sense, to me anyway.
Please excuse my noobiness. I almost positive that this must have been answered many times before, I just cannot think of the right keywords to find it. If someone could point me in the right direction, I would be very appreciative.