Hi again everyone!
My current setup is pretty much an entry level AVR (Yamaha HTR-6230) which powers my Polk RTI6. Right now, I am using my PS3 as a media server using a PC program called PS3 Media Server, for those who know about it. Then, my PS3 is connected to my TV HDMI input, then redirected to the AVR by toslink. I am principaly playing FLAC files that are on my PC HDD, and they are streamed to my PS3.
With some good help from Club Polk, I've been able to see that people using a PC as their audio source use some asynchronous USB to S/PDIF like the Musical Fidelity V-Link or some good DAC to achieve uncompressed audio quality. However, most people reviewing those products compare their new DAC or V-Link to their onboard soundcard outputs, which, I understand, could create some jitters... and most people using a DAC have a stereo amp/receiver on which they can't directly connect a PS3 anyways.
I am on the fence about buying an entry level DAC or a Musical Fidely V-Link because I don't know if I will actually get any benefits from it except the fact that my PS3 and/or TV could now be cutted out of the equation, saving me a few bucks on my electricity bill.
That's why I am in need of some feedback about people who did the jump, people who were playing their files from their PC using wired or wireless media server (whatever which one). Did you see any increase in audio quality?
I know that in the long term, a USB DAC or USB to S/PDIF is really usefull if I ever upgrade to a stereo amp, but as it's not for tomorrow, I don't know if I'll get any benefits from using an entry level DAC (200ish) or a V-Link.