So this might sound absurd, because it certainly is, but I recently came to an epiphany that my NAS which hosts nearly all of my archived CDs in FLAC, was done so using a pretty cheapo sata drive dvd-rw reader. Which made me wonder, if one could take a more refined or accurate player/transport and have it interface with a PC. Though it might be troublesome as I am uncertain if Windows will recognize it outside of a USB or SATA connection. Perhaps a separate component DAC could bridge the two? If anyone has some insight to how the two might interact with one another it would be greatly appreciated.
TLDR: Can a PC recognize a CD player over optical/toslink?