I notice there are more and more speakers accepting digital inputs (USB / optical).
I never had a chance to listen to those myself, so I wonder how would you compare sound quality of macbook's DAC to DACs found in those speakers?
If I'm looking for a nice 2.0 or 2.1 acoustic system should I look for one that accepts digital or should I just rely on macbook's 3.5?
How macbook's built-in sound card stacks up with external USB sound cards - would you hear any difference on normal 2.1 speakers?
P.s. I'm not audiophile or something, but do love some good music.
UPDATE based on Michael's suggestion.
I'm considering these gear options:
- option 1: no-hassle, just get 2.1 system like some of these Microlabs and connect to macbook's 3.5mm
- option 2: get either of these as external DAC, connect it to USB, plug probably same kind of 2.1 speakers to the card. Does the card have an audible difference compared to plugging speakers directly to macbook?
- option 3: get this receiver / amplifier from my friend who sells it very cheap, and connect it... well, not sure what passive speakers I can get here for an affordable price. The receiver can be connected digitally to macbook probably via toslink optical. Or connect same kind of active speakers as above to headphones jack and use the receiver just as DAC. Would that make an audible difference comparing to plugging smake speakers directly to macbook?
- option 4: get speakers with digital inputs like these with toslink or these with wireless
Again, not looking for any audiophile fetish. Normally I'd just listen and buy what my ears tell me. It's just here in my city it's challenging to find a shop where I can actually plug soundcards / speakers into the laptop and asses the sound quality / audible difference.