I was wondering, if I have a usb dac that is connected to an amp, does it not get matter if I have onboard audio? In other words, does the "garbage in, garbage out" theory not apply if I use USB?
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Garbage in garbage out refers to the digital music file that you feed your DAC with. If you feed it with low res digital file (128kbps mp3), no matter how good your dac is, it will sound terrible. Using an external DAC just takes over your onboard built in DAC and amp in the motherboard.