My PC audio cleaned up considerably when I switched to a Waveterminal U24 USB audio device from a stereolink...
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You might want to check out the HeadRoom Micro-DAC. I just picked one up, and it's great! USB, Toslink, and mini-coax digital input, and has 24 bit/94 kHz conversion [so it will handle stereo audio from DVD's]. The 1200 will not convert DVD's, and only has a USB input. The Micro DAC has an external power supply, or can be run on a pair of 9V batteries. I'm running mine on battery power only...but you will need rechargeable batteries if you plan on running it via DC only...it does burn through regular 9V alkalines in about 8-10 hours. And it is VERY small [don't know the size of the outboard power supply].
And I can vouch for their customer service dept. as I also bought the portable Cosmic headphone amp [unfortunately, now discontinued] back in 2001...great people to work with!