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Some says Toslink has very high jitter, so you need a DAC that can manhandle it. Firewire is probably preferable in theory, USB depends on the implementation (async etc.). But a bad Firewire DAC can be worse than a good DAC on optical so... Life is not simple.

 

? MBP ? M2Tech hiFace ? Heed Q-PSU/Dactilus 2 ? Heed CanAmp ? Sennheiser HD650

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"in the case of optical out, a solid jitter rejecting dac is essential"

But if you have that, Toslink may beat coaxial. It does in my setup, using the Sq.box to feed the DAC.

 

All best,

Jens

 

i5 Macbook Pro running Roon -> Uptone Etherregen -> custom-built Win10 PC serving as endpoint, with separate LPUs for mobo and a filtering digiboard (DIY) -> Audio Note DAC 5ish (a heavily modded 3.1X Bal) -> AN Kit One, heavily modded with silver wiring and Black Gates -> AN E-SPx Alnico on Townshend speaker bars. Vicoustic and GIK treatment.

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