Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 SB1090 good DAC?
Oct 27, 2008 at 5:41 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 5

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Is the Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 SB1090 a good DAC for connecting my laptop to a headphone amp such as the Little Dot MK I+ or MK III? Is the TOSLINK output good for connecting to receivers/headphone amps, etc in terms of SQ?
 
Oct 27, 2008 at 6:02 AM Post #3 of 5

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Is it a good DAC : I wouldn't know, but wouldn't count on it at that price.

Is optical S/PDIF a good connection : coax is better.

You also asked about connecting optical toslink to a headphone amp, it's a digital protocol, headphone amps are analog so that wouldn't work. The only way to use toslink is if you're connecting to a DAC (Digital to Analog Converter), in which case, the DAC is performing 80% of the duties (20% still counts on quality of transport).
 

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