Hello, I would need 2 DAC's for my system:
Laptop -> Sennheiser HD555 (modded to 595)
Laptop -> Sony TA-F690ES (Sony ES-Series Stereo Amp.. so I would only need the DAC feature) -> Magnat Zero 8 speakers
HTPC -> TV -> Sony TA-F690ES (Sony ES-Series Stereo Amp.. so I would only need the DAC feature) -> Magnat Zero 8 speakers
HTPC -> Sony TA-F690ES (Sony ES-Series Stereo Amp.. so I would only need the DAC feature) -> Magnat Zero 8 speakers
Now I wonder which device I should get for those 2 different kind of systems.
For the laptop usage (First system) I thought about getting the Creative Soundblaster X-Fi HD. Looks better, is bigger (and maybe better?) but needs a driver/software to be running. Or will the Fiio E17 bring the same performance or even outperform the Creative Soundblaster? Also in case of playing music from my laptop via my stereo amp + speakers a DAC function/device would be enough.
For the HTPC/Amp usage (Second system) I would actually only need a DAC as I always play the music via my stereo amp + speakers. How ever, as I am not sure on how to connect the DAC (via HTPC.. so drivers are possible) or via TV (so the DAC can't rely on drivers/software):
HTPC --HDMI--> TV --SPID/F--> DAC --Cinch--> Stereo Amp (in that case the Creative X-Fi HD won't work as it needs a driver/computer?)
Or should I use:
HTPC --HDMI (Video)--> TV
HTPC --SPID/F (Audio)--> Stereo Amp
Or would you guys recommend me something completely different? Would prefer two different devics as my HTPC will not be anywhere near my laptop.
@edit: HTPC = a little PC mainly for movie/TV/music playback.
Edited by zakazak - 6/23/12 at 11:44pm