I currently use regular headphone jack from my computer for music output but realize that using a USB DAC or optical cable would be much better in terms of sound quality. Unfortunately, my laptop does not have a Toslink output…
I am curious as to whether I'd get the same results with a USB to Toslink converter (for £33) that I can use to output digital signal directly into my Onkyo 725 or whether I should invest in a DAC converter (£75+) that will output analog.
If USB DAC converter, then which one?
EDIT: Also, if I am using mp3 files (not lossless) will DAC improve the sound any?
I can output Firewire or USB out of my laptop and my amplifier has a Toslink input.