Is it worth buying a usb dac for my laptop?

Jaseow

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Hi there i have a Gigabyte p15v2 laptop.

http://www.gigabyte.com.au/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5024#sp

I currently have a soundbar connected to it via hdmi. I was wondering if I am making use of the full potential of the soundbar or would buying a usb dac be more beneficial.

I understand if I connect via hdmi I will be making use of the dac on the soundbar? But if I connect via 3.5mm cable I would be making use of the laptop's dac?

In that case a usb dac would be useless in a hdmi setup correct?

But if connected via 3.5mm cable a usb dac might provide better quality sound?
 

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