Originally Posted by fields_g
More than I was expecting to pay, but it's an option that I did not know was available. I've used DACs for audio recordings. Does anyone know if there is considerably less cpu overhead for those vs the onboard analog out and some that have been tested with XBMC Rpi distros?
The HiFiBerry Digi is an S/PDIF output (can be found on the same web site). The HiFiBerry DAC has been tested with Raspbmc. The support in the current version still does not work, but the january release of Raspbmc should fix this. I would expect that the HiFiBerry Digi will also be supported in Raspbmc soon (but not in the january release).
I don't have did any tests with the onboard sound, but with the HiFiBerry DAC there is only a minimal CPU load, as data transfer to the sound card is mostly done via DMA.