Originally Posted by x5_spoonman
Just wondering if computer DAC technology has matured to the point where it is pretty much equivalent to high end DACs such as wolfson etc.
I am using a Realtek ALC888s which can output 24 bit 192 kHz. I get no noise or hiss and it sounds pretty good on my Starkey SA-43 iems.
If there is a difference between these types of DAC's, is it a noticeable difference that warrant the price difference?
Realtek (ALC888) is an audio processor, not a DAC (Digital to Analog Converter).
There has always been good DACs around.
But usually motherboard manufacturers use lowest priced (and maybe decent) DAC they can get away with.
People buy motherboards looking for the best price, not the best DAC chip.
Chances are a $175 add-on sound card (or external DAC) comes with a DAC chip that cost several times more then what comes built into a $100 motherboard.