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xkaapie
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Laptop-Spotify-DAC-Speakers Need help with the chain please

I own an Apple MacBook pro. I am a Spotify user (the free version)

I have the laptop connected to my 2:1 speakers (Logitech THX certified) via the headphone/audio out port.

I have purchased an external DAC/ headphone Amp to hopefully have a better quality of audio signal for the speakers to amplify.

I will be connecting the DAC to the USB out (Laptop) and then from the DAC, to the 2:1 speakers.

I also own a google Chromecast audio device which is directly connected to an old integrated amp, which can also be connected to the 2:1 speakers.
The question is, where should I insert the DAC to get the best possible audio from Spotify? Or which setup below will deliver the better audio?

1. Laptop------USB--------DAC----------Speakers?
2. Laptop-----USB---------DAC----------Integrated Amp--------speakers?
3. Laptop------(Spotify stream to Chromecast via network)--------DAC--------Integrated Amp--------speakers?

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You do not specify the model

You do not specify the model of Logitech speakers you have but, off the top of my head, you would get a bigger return on your expenditure by replacing them with better speakers than by adding an (unidentified) DAC.

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you do not specify the model

Hi Kal, thanks for your response. I think my post may have been a little confusing, I think what I am trying to ask is, will the audio be better coming out of the USB of the MacBook pro into the DAC, or would it be the same or different coming out of the Chromecast which is on my WIFI network into the DAC.

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Of course, it will be

Of course, it will be different and, likely, it will be better wherever you put it. However, I have such a low opinion of Logitech speakers (and of Spotify Free at 160kbps/AAC) that I question whether you would be able to appreciate the difference. Perhaps.

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of course it will be

Great, thank you for your reply.
So the best scenario will be audio out from laptop via USB, through DAC to Luxman Integrated Amp to Wharfedale Denton 80th Anniversary speakers.
Thank you for your help

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