Originally Posted by Question2
So Realtek ALC892 isn't the chip?
The Hifemediy looks like its about $60+ including shipping....
You laptop uses the Realtek ALC892 audio processor, but uses Creative Labs software.
Cost, not audio quality is what makes the final decision on what audio is gong to built into the laptop.
So you really can't expect anything more then something just good enough to provide decent sound quality.
So chances are anything using the PCM2704 DAC chip should be better audio quality then the audio hardware built into the laptop.
The Muse Hifi DAC you listed appears to be a relabeled ELE EL-D02 USB DAC.
I bought a ELE EL-D02 DAC several months ago and I would use it with my parents computer (which has a low cost 6 year old motherboard).
I dropped it a few too many times so it stopped working, but I liked it enough that I just ordered two more yesterday.