Hello, I have an old computer underneath my television on which I play CDs and FLAC files. At the minute I use the onboard sound card, and use the line out of that. Needless to say, this setup is a disaster in terms of audio quality/clarity!
But I want to sort this out and am willing to spend in order to get it right - I want amazing audio quality. My plan is to feed the signal out of the PC in digital form, send it to a dedicated DAC, and then on to the amp. I'm looking to spend around £700 ($1100) for whatever I need to sit between the PC and the amp, and I'm willing to go second hand.
My question here is focused around the source - i.e. getting the digital signal out of the PC in the cleanest way possible, to reduce the PC's involvment. One option is to get an asynchronous USB DAC, such as the Arcam rDAC or HRT Music Streamer. But another option is to get a Halide USB to SPDIF Bridge, and then get a more regular kind of DAC that just converts SPDIF coaxial into RCA phono.
From what I've read, if going for the first option, it's best to get on with its own power supply (rather than using the PC's power), because a poor PC PSU can cause crosstalk and noises. Is this true?
Do you have any advice on what I should get between the two options above? Which DAC option should I get? Or are there any other options?