Generally speaking, the DA converters in computers or small devices like MP3 players are not audiophile quality. Taking analog out would not be as good as taking digital out and then doing the DA conversion in your stereo. This presumes that the DA converter in your stereo is beter than the one in the notebook, which it should be. However, you did say that you want to do it on the cheap. In this case, taking analog out may be less expensive.
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