I have a new Mac Mini which is next to my listening chair and I use it for two things: cataloging my somewhat vast CD collection and playing digital music files. Due to the scanning I do of new CDs I want to keep the Mac near my listening chair for convenience.
I want to connect this to a DAC1 and will be buying a Musical Fidelity V-Link soon. I plan to run a long USB run to the DAC1 which sits atop my top-loading Sony SCD-777.
The question is this. Would I be fine just connecting the optical out on the Mini to the DAC1?
In other words is USB to SPDIF better for long runs (around 8 feet) and/or is optical fine at that long a length?
Thanks for any advice.