I want to build a PC music server setup. I will only be using the source unit to feed the digital out to my TACT 2.2 XP preamp, which has it's own internal DAC.
1. Is there any reason (purely in terms of sound and not convenience) in using an SB3 or Transporter as an interface in such a setup? Will there be a difference in sound quality between the SB3 and the Transporter in such a setup?
In other words, if I use a dedicated PC music server with a good quality sound card (or external sound card), and then hook up the PC digital out directly to the input of the TACT, would that sound as good as a Transporter or SB3 when used as a digital interface only, and make the slim devices unit unnecessary?