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    Default Maximising sound quality from USB

    As a computer audio newbie, I am wondering how best to maximise the sound quality from my HP Proliant N36L (no sound outputs) to my Caiman SEG DAC.
    Thanks to Stryder5 (Gary) I have a decent USB cable, which is connected directly to my DAC.

    Would I be better off getting an internal sound card (needs to be low profile to fit the PC) or a USB device before the DAC?
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    Install piCorePlayer onto a RasPi, point it at your NAS, and you're up and running.
    Install a digital output HAT and hook up to your DAC.
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    That's the kind of thing
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    I was thinking of this as an alternative - https://www.audiophonics.fr/en/appar...e-p-11412.html
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    I use one of these, which may still be available somewhere? - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fanmusic-FM.../dp/B00IS4I5W0

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    Kevin, you should have taken my Digione Player as well
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    Maybe....
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    It has gone by the way, but the Pi/Digione is a superb source into the Caiman.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CageyH View Post
    I was thinking of this as an alternative - https://www.audiophonics.fr/en/appar...e-p-11412.html
    Why?
    Do you have a shitload of DSD files?
    USB is only a default interface if you have DSD, because they do not transfer over S/PDIF.
    Everything else is quite happily transferred over S/PDIF.

    USB is not a great audio interface.
    The possibility of ground plane noise and interference transfer is immense, and the device you've linked to is powered over USB, which is a poor starting point.
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