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Splitting output connection without loss of quality. Do I need a preamp?

post #1 of 6
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Hello, I am using my desktop speakers for nearfield use. I have the Swan T200b speakers - these are studio monitors.  For the DAC, I am using the  USB HRT Music Streamer II+ . The output from the streamer goes to the speakers and the quality is awesome.

 

However, I wanted to add a headphone amp to the mix at which point I needed a way to split the connection as it came out from the DAC. I used a Y splitter and sent one set of cables to the speakers and one set to the head phone amp (Fiio E9)

 

I feel there is a loss of quality in the music after this split has been put into place. I've tried changing connections, cables, but once the connection is split there is a definite loss in quality. Can I put in a pre amp after the streamer to stem the loss in quality? Any other ideas?

 

Thanks!

 


Edited by maverhick - 4/2/11 at 1:13am
post #2 of 6

You can try line out of FLIO E9 (you can connect USB HRT Music Streamer II+ => Fiio E9 => Swan T200b).

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Just a thought, do correct me if I am wrong - Wouldn't another equipment like the E9 bridging the chain cause a loss in quality? I think the same can be argued of a pre-amp, but then pre-amps are designed with it in mind? 

 

Will get the cables and try connecting HRT to the E9 and get back if I there is an audible difference.

 

Thanks!
 

post #4 of 6

I hope that your Flio E9 just bypass signal to line out so you haven't loose quality.

 


Yes, exactly. Just buy a simple cable or DIY, and try it.

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Originally Posted by maverhick View Post

Will get the cables and try connecting HRT to the E9 and get back if I there is an audible difference.

 



 

post #5 of 6

I use a Y splitter for my rig and I don't hear any degradation in sound quality. There is a very slight volume decrease though.

post #6 of 6

3db of signal is lost with a y splitter

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