Does it matter if I run this (or any) DAC from a direct USB port on my laptop, or will it function equally well plugged into the USB ports on my monitor?
Currently I connect my MBPro to an LG monitor via a single Thunderbolt cable. I'd like to keep it this way for simplicity, and because I do unplug my computer from my monitor multiple times per day (meetings, etc). The exception is when I connect my headphones, or my new PSB AlphaPS1's (thanks Massdrop!) directly to the audio jack on my MBPro. Ideally, I'd like to run this (or similar) DAC with a volume knob to the USB ports on the monitor, leaving my laptop connected by the single T-bolt cable, and leaving my audio gear untouched when I disconnect from the monitor. Will it work, and if it does, will it affect audio quality by having a T-bolt cable and a monitor added to my signal chain?