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Motherboard optical is fine for a transport granted you can get bit-perfect output.
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This. Original signal is original. You don't need to fork out some more cash for one of the best sound cards just to use its S/PDIF connector (Coaxial or Toslink).

What world are you guys living in? Are you just trying to get your post-count up? This has nothing to do with the conversation. I *AM* using an SPDIF connection: that was said in the original post. The RCA connection is then required at some point: that is the whole PURPOSE of the thread! A DAC is a "digital to analogue converter" -- that means SPDIF -> (in this case RCA) converter. You *HAVE* to eventually convert the digital signal at some point in the sequence. [/rage at posts that have absolutely *NOTHING* to do with the thread and entirely ignore the original post]

Anyway, the purchase has been made. The thread is pointless. Not sure why I'm responding now >_<;

I might do a thread reviewing the whole setup (very subjectively) once I have it up and running.
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What world are you guys living in? Are you just trying to get your post-count up? This has nothing to do with the conversation. I *AM* using an SPDIF connection: that was said in the original post. The RCA connection is then required at some point: that is the whole PURPOSE of the thread! A DAC is a "digital to analogue converter" -- that means SPDIF -> (in this case RCA) converter. You *HAVE* to eventually convert the digital signal at some point in the sequence. [/rage at posts that have absolutely *NOTHING* to do with the thread and entirely ignore the original post]
Anyway, the purchase has been made. The thread is pointless. Not sure why I'm responding now >_<;
I might do a thread reviewing the whole setup (very subjectively) once I have it up and running.

We were just saying. No need to start bashing us for just saying that.
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The testing was blind testing.
Anyway, it does matter how the cable is constructed. Every cable modifies the signal, because it has to travel through the cable. If a cable has more resistance, or different impedance, or different levels of inductance, that all modifies the signal (among other things). Each cable has different properties. If you compare a cheap cable to a more expensive cable, you usually look at worse numbers on the cheaper cable when it comes to measurable impedance, inductance, and resistance.

I've also seen blind testing done using expensive speaker wire vs a straightened wire clothes hanger..... people supposedly couldn't tell the difference. If you can hear a difference in those RCA cables then go ahead and pay for them, but you'd still be much better off investing that money in better speakers or components (not saying yours are bad).
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I've also seen blind testing done using expensive speaker wire vs a straightened wire clothes hanger..... people supposedly couldn't tell the difference. If you can hear a difference in those RCA cables then go ahead and pay for them, but you'd still be much better off investing that money in better speakers or components (not saying yours are bad).

I still think he had some indication of which setup used which, or maybe slight changes in memory after learning which system used which cable. It can happen, or possibly some bias or something forms right after finding out?
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