Well I've got the DACmagic! " class="bbcode_smiley" height="" src="http://files.head-fi.org/images/smilies//smily_headphones1.gif" title="" width="" /> Current setup is Laptop [Foobar2k Soundcard is selected with 'WASAPI SPDIF-out' in foobar's output settings]>Creative USB XFI soundcard > Ixos Optical cable > DACmagic > RCA cables to Razer Mako
So far, there was a straight away discernable difference so I'm happy. Admitedly, I haven't listened to any music so maybe it's just that, but I did notice elements to my flacs missing in some tracks. I went ahead and picked up a profigold rca - 3.5mm for my portable headphone amp.
Originally Posted by i_djoel2000
it is better and cheaper to DIY it or ask any head-fier here to do it for you..
i thought DIY suppliers are pretty easy to find in UK??
So are you saying that the XLR to RCA cable I showed above is poor quality? The most expensive one I've seen available is only £13 inc delivery, which is less than I paid for the optical and rca to 3.5mm cables. To be honest, I've not had the best of luck visiting shops for fixes. For example, when I wanted a recabling, I was mainly being asked to send it to the manufacturer instead. I also visited various DJ shops which weren't too helpful either. If anyone knows any DIY suppliers who they think will do a better quality XLR to RCA cable at a reasonable price (don't want to go over £25 if possible since that's the most I would spend on an RCA-RCA interconnect) feel free to PM me. I'm based in london unless they can do mailorder (which would save me the £5+ public transport costs. I will call my local audio shop which has apparently been in the biz for like 50+ years and does have an engineer on hand who does fixes, mods and custom jobs.
I did also ask at a couple of places today whilst out and about and they said there aren't many quality cables in the market since most people assume it's pointless have a balanced to unbalanced cable although I did explain that some people do it to negate having to constantly switch out and in their RCA's at the back of the DAC like in my case and others who've I've read about in this thread. Anyway, feel free to also have another look at the XLR to RCA cable I mentioned above and let me know your thoughts. I had a look at this thread and the cables forum and various other sites, but most recommendations on here pointed towards US brands/retailers which aren't reallt available here.
Anyone reading this in a similar situation, I did read elsewhere that it's better to have a direct XLR to RCA cable rather than using an XLR to RCA adapter and then plugging the RCA cables in the adapter.
Hi. Does anyone know if you can hook up the RCA outputs and the balanced outputs simultaneously?
When I was working my way through this thread to help with my research, I found several people doing what you're talking about (RCA to headphone amp and XLR to speaker amp). It's the main reason I want to do the same and I am trying to get some feedback on the above. I think some people said there were slight sonic issues on the RCA with both connected, however maybe if the amp which the XLR is connected to is switched off whilst the headphone amp is being used over RCA, it should be fine.
Edited by analogue 3 - 9/22/10 at 1:03pm