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Not possible. M&M requires the use of USB for audio, and will bypass soundcards for audio processing.
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I still use my STX as a pass through to a dedicated external DAC which feeds a dedicated headphone amplifier. I too however started off using my STX as a standalone solution and let me tell you, it still sounds great running straight from it!

This post confuses me, then. lol What does using it as a pass through entail then, exactly? Does that just mean using the sound card's output as the initial source which runs through the DAC + Amp before reaching the headphones? I'm quite new at this, if you can't tell. haha
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This post confuses me, then. lol What does using it as a pass through entail then, exactly? Does that just mean using the sound card's output as the initial source which runs through the DAC + Amp before reaching the headphones? I'm quite new at this, if you can't tell. haha

Most likely that means using S/PDIF (digital audio) output of the sound card to the external DAC. Many of those accept S/PDIF inputs.

So yeah, that bypasses the STX's D/A and amplification hardware.
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This post confuses me, then. lol What does using it as a pass through entail then, exactly? Does that just mean using the sound card's output as the initial source which runs through the DAC + Amp before reaching the headphones? I'm quite new at this, if you can't tell. haha
Most likely that means using S/PDIF (digital audio) output of the sound card to the external DAC. Many of those accept S/PDIF inputs.

So yeah, that bypasses the STX's D/A and amplification hardware.
Yep. Basically what mikeaj said.

I don't know what kind of setup trippinonprozac is running, but the Schiit M&M stack doesn't use SPDIF at all. The Modi will only take USB as input, which basically bypasses any soundcard.

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If you buy a high end DAC with only coaxial S/PDIF input, a STX will be worth the investment unless you are willing to start soldering the S/PDIF out header on a MoBo. Optical S/PDIF is an option on most modern MoBos, but coaxial S/PDIF isn't.
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