In Reply to: What would be better? posted by digepix on March 2, 2017 at 12:42:11:
Only you can tell which setup sounds better but unless I'm misunderstanding something, I don't think you need the Monarchy DIP to interface the Mac Mini over TOSLINK Optical to your Parasound DAC.
The Mac Mini will have a 3.5mm (1/8") audio output jack in back. It's actually a combo jack that will also do digital TOSLINK Optical out.
You can plugin a mini-TOSLINK to TOSLINK optical cable into that 3.5mm jack, then use the standard TOSLINK end to connect into your DAC.
The Toslink to Mini-Toslink cable will look something like the photo below:
There are several available on Amazon, and there are a variety of higher priced "audiophile approved" brands available elsewhere. But I would first try an inexpensive cable just to make sure you get it working before possibly investing in a 'high-end' cable.
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