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USB digital out from motherboard of generic office PC?

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I'm trying to put together a headphone rig for my office but have a few questions/issues. Because I'd rather not mess with a separate player all day long my plan is to use an external dac/amp connected to my work desktop by USB. I feel silly asking this, but should I have a problem getting a digital audio signal through the usb ports on the motherboard of my generic office pc, as opposed to a sound card with a digital out? Is it as easy as plug and play? Just asking because I opened foobar on my home computer and in output preferences there's no option to use usb digital out.


Edited by mrip541 - 9/11/11 at 7:18pm
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There technically is no USB out unless you have something supporting it in your machine, same with TOSLINK or any other digital output. If you put a DAC/amp in the USB port, it will be recognized and then made an option to use. Until then, nothing will show up because it isn't an option.
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Well i use the Fiio E7 as USB DAC at home with amp/speakers and USB DAC + Headphone Amp with the lappie at work and it's been awesome - it truly is plug/play and no drivers are needed

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The fiio E7, it even works with my nokia n8.

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Great, thanks all. I have an Audinst MX-1 on the way!

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