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Nuforce HDP DAC - should I use USB or optical?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by 50548, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. Guest

    #1
    I am currently using it with the iMac's optical out, as well as with the front plug when using my excellent NVX Audio XPT100 headphones - the downside is that there is absolutely no configuration possible via the Audio MIDI Setup app, and no volume control (since all of this is handled directly by the DAC).

    I am interested in using it with my ALAC music collection, as well as increasingly HD-grade music.

    So my question is: should I connect the DAC with USB instead of optical? Can I use optical for the sound and USB for the configuration? Which one normally provides the best/cleanest audio connection?

    I am really new to audiophile-related discussions and would welcome any expert advice out there...thanks.
     
  2. macrumors demi-god

    alphaod

    #2
    They're both digital interfaces, so it doesn't really matter.

    I've used USB and I've optical (I've also used RCA coaxial to optical adapters) to my amp; can't really tell the difference.
     

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