actually I'm using on my PC a Supreme FX X-Fi audio card (which came together with my PC's mainboard) and I link my 2.1 digital system (Empire PS2120D) to the PC using an optical fibre cable.
The audio quality is already good, but I would like to ask you if upgrading to a better audio card (with a 70$ dollar budget) would improve audio quality in consistent way or not.
Somebody told me years ago when I purchased my 2.1 digital system that if I linked it to the PC by using optical fibre I would use the 2.1's internal DAC and not my PC's DAC: is this true?
In any case I'm thinking about upgrading the audio card because I would like to have a clearer audio when I use headphones (Philips Fidelio X1) and when I'm gaming.
Which audio card (with a good built-in DAC) for my budget would you suggest?