Hopefully someone can help me here. I'm going to be using the dacmagic with my acer laptop and have been reading many things about usb vs optical. The general consensus appears to be that optical is superior.
My laptop supports s/pdif through the headphone jack so I'm assuming I could use a mini toslink to toslink cable to connect to the dacmagic's optical input, and this would be better?
However I'm confused as I thought the purpose of a standalone dac was to bypass the inferior onboard soundcard, which is what connecting via usb does. Unless I'm missing here something wouldn't connecting via the headphone jack still be utilising the laptops soundcard? Could somebody explain to me exactly how connecting this way would work and what it would mean in terms of audio quality vs usb connection?
Any help much appreciated, thanks.