Originally Posted by Jjacq
So PC>ODAC>preamp>O2> speakers + monitor?
How would that help, exactly? I feel like you're still double amping the monitors in the end.
PC>ODAC>preamp - >O2
->speaker amp/active monitors
With preamp's switchable outputs ODAC sees only one load at a time, which is optimal.
Btw, "double amping" with O2 is perfectly acceptable, in fact I wouldn't be surprised if it provided cleaner voltage (gain) than the amp in active monitors (should be enough for a small room voltage-wise). If you kept active speakers on low volume you would get clean voltage from O2 and enough current from active monitors amp's output stage, best of both worlds but that's a bit "overengineered", Preamp option is a cleaner solution (less cable clutter on your desk).
Edited by MaciekN - 4/10/14 at 6:13am