I just connected my new Rega DAC to the computer via USB, it popped up in the sound settings, and choosing it there directs sound to it just fine. What confuses me, however, is that it says "Analog Output". What does that mean in this context? I suppose the output must really be digital, since it works when it's connected to the digital input on the DAC, right?
Sorry if this is a stupid newbie question, I'm very far from an expert on Linux audio stuff, but I'm going to start learning, so I hope you can help me.
By the way, do I understand correctly that what I am communicating with in the sound settings is the ALSA layer?