Originally Posted by ngyu
Originally Posted by Chris J
Hey, I'm serious!
I prefer the sound of my CD transport via Toslink Optical to DAC over the sound via RCA Coaxial to my DAC.
Oh okay... optical isn't considered the worst... its probably considered the best method for digital transmission. I too prefer optical over coax to my bifrost, and definitely over usb.
It really depends on the implementation.
In the old days, Joe Blow Audio would offer a CD transport and a matching DAC. They would choose the particular Toslink converter or Coax Converter on either end themselves.
Nowadays, you have to make a DAC so it can receive digital from effing anything - a TV, a Mac, a Windows PC, maybe a phone, probably in the future, a refrigerator. :)
So, as mentioned in one spot on the Schiit web site, they don't know what sort of device you are using to provide the digital, so they can't advise you about that (even if they know the exact model number PC, they don't know how the digital output performs).
This means that you cannot tell which of the three formats is better until you try them. However, previously the USB Gen 1 was considered to be not quite as good as the other two formats. The newer Gen 2 USB is now considered equal to the other two formats (hence Schiit removed wording saying otherwise), and it is considered equal to affordable outboard USB-to-SPDIF converters.
Conclusion - there probably isn't going to be too much of a difference, and if there is one, it would only be because your Toslink or Coax sender is poor quality.