Staticky noise when music paused



I have a computer, using usb into dac, into powered compuer speakers (one system)...I have a 100$ dac, which uses some flimsy cord as a power cord and a 10 000$ dac. When i pause the music and turn the volume up on my powered computer speakers, when using cheapo dac there’s a staticky noise coming speakers only when internal amp turned way up and only heard within a feet or two. With the expensive dac, same noise is way more apparent even before the volume on the speakers is anywhere close to the max (thought it would be gone altogether)...shouldn’t it be the other way around?


Unless some noise from the computer is an issue usually it's a gain mismatch that causes audible hiss. An attenuator might help with this issue, it will drop the noise floor. 

You have confirmed it is not the DAC.

Not really, the DAC might have more gain and the noise is being amplified through the system.