I'm currently using a Sound Blaster Z and a the AKG Q701s, and I'm looking to (potentially) buy an external amp. I was wondering if I could use the TOSLINK optical out on the SBZ with an optical to RCA converter and plug it into an external amp while retaining the surround sound and audio quality. I understand that the sound card converts digita 5.1 surround to stereo with it's onboard DAC, and I'm assuming that I can just bypass the onboard amp and use an external amp instead. Would I have to be concerned about any loss in audio quality somewhere along the way - specifically with an optical->RCA converter?
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5/7/14 at 7:23pm