Originally Posted by mikeaj
Originally Posted by Melee
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.
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.Edited by ZombieJon - 5/20/13 at 10:01am