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How do you connect your Laptop to your dac?
First of all whatever input connection you use (USB, Coax, Optical), you can try different cables
On the laptop front, optimizing your OS for audio will have a great impact on the sound. It will feel like its a headache and too much trouble, but the result is absolutely worth it. Been there, done that
Try a trial version of Roon or Jplay Femto for audio playback. These software are paid but you can use trial version to evaluate if paying the money is worth
Lastly you can try the dedicated Audio transports like Allo Usbridge , digione or the digione signature