Some motherboards have onboard audio with SPDIF out. Alternatively you can get a USB-DAC.
From what I understand, the data that comes through the S/PDIF in the soundcard is audio, not raw data.
About USB-DAC's: USB doesn't support high resolution audio (above 16/48), as far as I know. Correct me on this if I'm wrong here too.
Quote from: Pok_Madui on 19 May, 2012, 03:27:49 PMFrom what I understand, the data that comes through the S/PDIF in the soundcard is audio, not raw data.SPDIF passes PCM (i.e. wav format), I do not know what you mean by audio vs. raw data.QuoteAbout USB-DAC's: USB doesn't support high resolution audio (above 16/48), as far as I know. Correct me on this if I'm wrong here too.Not really, many recent usb dacs support 192/24, there are USB dacs with even higher samplerate.
I'm about to buy a new PC, and I want to know how to efficiently output high-resolution digital audio DATA through it to a DAC (and then to an amp and headphones).All of those Creative SoundBlaster cards seem too expensive and overly packed with unnecessary features, so I thought: "There has to be a way to just output the raw digital data from the PC straight to the DAC without any processing", But I haven't found any easy and cheap way to do it.What I'm talking about (If you haven't quite got what I'm trying to say) is something like this device, but a lot more cheap and without any unnecessary features (and preferably integrated into the motherboard itself without the need for A USB connection for it).If there is such a wonderful product (preferably with optical out), I would like to know about it.Thanks in advance for all help.