Continuing the discussion from Effect of Roon Core PC hardware configuration on sound quality:
@Carl - I took the liberty of trimming out most of your comment from the originating thread. This is really a spinoff topic on your last statement about S/PDIF. I was shocked to see it - given that all the best DACs in the world seem to use S/PDIF, and you would not think they would do that if it was a way to totally ruin the benefits of the uber-expensive clocks they use. That said, a bit of research on-line quickly led me to understand that MANY people feel S/PDIF is horrible, and likely to lead to jitter. So…
What is the best way to connect ANY Roon to a quality DAC? I can’t accept USB as an answer IF we are talking about putting a PC (or Mac) anywhere near my hifi. And long runs of USB cable are likewise problematic. That could leave balanced AES, but as I understand it, it’s subject to the same problems as S/PDIF. Plus few DACs support that for input. So then what?
Granted, when RAAT and RoonSpeakers are available and implemented, there may be some better answers. But for now, what way would you recommend?
PS - Anyone else that can speak well to this question, please chime in.
PPS - Tone is tough to master in the written word. So if this seems like a confrontational question, please note that it’s not meant that way. The statement surprised me. I found others that seemed to agree. And am now genuinely curious about where that leaves us, though also am not yet convinced the original statement is always correct.