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i just got my new Fiio E17. and have a quick question. 

 

if i use the e17's  SPDIF input function by sending 24/192 signal from my soundcard, am i still using Fiio e17's onboard DAC? or am i using the soundcard's DAC. i think i kind of know the answer to this question, but i just want you guys to confirm this for me. 

 

thanks

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i just got my new Fiio E17. and have a quick question. 

 

if i use the e17's  SPDIF input function by sending 24/192 signal from my soundcard, am i still using Fiio e17's onboard DAC? or am i using the soundcard's DAC. i think i kind of know the answer to this question, but i just want you guys to confirm this for me. 

 

thanks

Yes, sending a lpcm signal from your soundcard into the E17 through S/PDIF uses your E17's DAC.

 

Its a digital signal, meaning it has NOT been processed by the DAC

 

Think of it this way, the DAC is the digital to analog converter, if it has even touched or went through your soundcards Digital-To-Analog converter, it would be an analog signal comming out of which SONY PHILLIPS DIGITAL INTERCONNECT Format would not be able to use it. Only AUX in of the E17 can use it. If it's AUX in, you are NOT using the E17's DAC.

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thanks so much ! :) 

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thanks so much ! :) 

I try to teach as I answer questions sometimes. I COULD just give you a yes or no one sentence answer. But how or why should also be answered. Of course, I don't do this all the time.

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seeing that you have the E17 as well. when you first plug it into the PC with USB, i noticed that windows or OSX automatically adjust the sound volume to 100%, should i bother to lower that? is it going to clip the sound?

post #6 of 6
I do not have it anymore

Do not reduce it. Reducing it is what will actually "clip" things as you are cutting off bits of data by lowering volume
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