I'm looking to improve my 2 channel rig, and I think my next step lies in the source. See my sig for specs. I will continue using my computer at all costs, so I'm just trying to find a better way of getting the signal out of it. I have been using an ASUS Xonar Essence ST soundcard with a SPDIF out to a Parasound DAC-2000 Ultra. That soundcard has about as good of a SPDIF out as you can get in a computer. I have been thinking of trying a USB DAC instead, to try to eliminate the jitter that may be inherent with using the soundcard, but it seems you have to spend over a grand to get a decent asynchronous USB DAC. I've looked at the dacmagic and other less expensive units, but while they may get the signal out better than my sound card, I would imagine that their inferiorities to the Parasound DAC would negate any benefits.
Sooooo, now I'm looking at asynchronous USB to SPDIF converters. The idea is that it would get the signal out of the computer as truly as possible, and then I could use my Parasound or any other standard DAC. It would greatly widen the DAC options, especially on the used market.
I don't want to spend more than a couple hundred bucks. A few I'm looking at:
Here's a website that lists a bunch of different models:
So what do you think? Is this avenue worth persuing? Am I going to have to spend big bucks to get an improvement, or will the $170 Muisic Fidelity unit do the trick?
Thanks for the input.