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(help me) Set up for Fiio e17

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Currently have 2 options for audio output:
Mobo spdif out - > Fiio e17 spdif in - > Fiio e17 3.5mm

or
USB out - > Fiio e17 USB in - > Fiio e17 3.5mm out

Was wondering whether the spdif output will be processed ONLY by the Fiio or whether the most dac will process it (and vice versa for USB).

Which is the best way to output audio?

Many thanks
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Originally Posted by waltswagon View Post

Was wondering whether the spdif output will be processed ONLY by the Fiio or whether the most dac will process it (and vice versa for USB).

I'm not clear on what you mean here. The E17 is the DAC. So regardless of which connection you use, the E17 will do the conversion from digital to analog. As for which is better for sound quality? I don't know. I'd try both and see.

Now if you have a sound card on your computer, and you use spdif to the E17, this will allow the soundcard to do digital signal processing before the digital signal is passed to the DAC in the E17. For example if the soundcard has Dolby Headphone or EQ in its control panel.
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