I posted a while ago asking about an affordable CD player. Since then I've pulled out an old (1999) Toshiba SD-2109 dvd player that I used to use. Tried it out with a few of my CDs and it sounds ok-ish, but not great (harsh treble, almost no bass). I think it's probably due in part to the old/cheap DAC.
However, it just so happens to have a coaxial digital output. So I'm thinking about getting a DAC/headphone amp. Like this: SMSL SD-793II
My question: are all coaxial digital outputs basically the same? The one on this particular dvd player is said to be a "dolby digital" output, does that make any difference? Will it work correctly with an amp/dac like the SMSL, Topping TP-31, etc?
Is this even something I should bother doing? Or would it be more ideal to spend more and get a dedicated CDP?
Thanks again, guys.