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Using external DAC/Amp, headphones should sound the same regardless of computer?

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Assuming I am using an external DAC and Amp (such as the Magni/Modi combo) and connecting the DAC to my computer via USB, should my music sound the same regardless of what computer I play them off of (assuming the same music player software and source file)? 

 

On the other hand, if I am just using an amp, then the music should sound differently depending on what sound card I have in the computer right? 

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That's my experience. My crappy little net book sounds exactly the same as my pc through the same dac/amp, in this case Fiio E10.

Sound card to amp would most likely sound different depending on the quality of the sound card. I've only had on board sound cards so my frame of reference is limited.
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