- Jun 19, 2018
Ahh, am I confusing things? I meant optical whenever I said toslink. Wouldn't the dac be processing already processed data (processed by your devices default dac)?
Optical is the cable type, toslink is the connector.
Because toslink is the only connector used for optical cable in home audio, the two terms are used interchangeably.
Anyway, in most cases, the clocks on all modern devices are good enough that there is no audible difference whether you clock the data at the source and then send it via toslink to the DAC, or whether you send it asynchroniously via USB to the DAC and have the DAC clock the data there (quality does vary from device to device though and there are some exceptions to my statement that in most cases there is no audible difference).