I've tried finding the proper comparison of the two, but I can't seem to find a decisive answer.
Which will work better for a desktop DAC at the 100-200$ price point.
I've been looking at the HRT Music Streamer II and the FIIO E17. If I am able to use the SPDIF capabilities of my PC, the FIIO E17 claims to have a better sampling rate (192K/24bit [SPDIF]) on top of a better SNR. My intentions are to couple this with high bitrate audio.
But, the "pre-"amplification of a AMP/DAC combo with a line out to a dedicated Amp, even at 0db could have drawbacks? My question pertains to this scenario, which is better? Or is there a third option I haven't even noticed.