I am thinking about buying a pair of 8330 to use them with a PC under Windows 7 / 10.
But before going any further I have a few concerns about interoperability, specially regarding OS capacity to recognize and handle the device, and choice of a physical connexion between the PC and the speakers (XLR AES/EBU).
The choice of a physical connection has been treated before in different posts :
But my concerns are a little different.
So my questions are :
- Is there a difference in audio quality (latency, jitter, …) between TOSLINK, SPDIF and USB to XLR AES/EBU ?
- Is there a difference in functionality and reliability between TOSLINK, SPDIF and USB : will I be able to use the speakers in the same way with those different types of connexion, will the speakers be recognized seamlessly for music, movies, gaming and system sounds ?
I am used to control audio devices through the Realtek Control Panel. Currently this panel only offers analog audio jack and TOSLINK options. Will it work with SPDIF coaxial or USB ?
- I have identified different connexion solutions, will they work the same regarding sound quality and functionalities / reliability :
+ MoBo SPDIF header to SPDIF coaxial to XLR AES/EBU (the cheapest way) :
+ TOSLINK to XLR AES/EBU
+ USB to XLR AES/EBU (the mainstream solutions)
Actually there are a lot of different solutions in this category. What difference does it make to go from 150 € to really stupid prices ?
There seems to be other solutions so I am open to any suggestion.
Thanks for your attention.