Originally Posted by Holowlegs
Does anyone use a DAC with the Sennheiser RS180 wireless headphones, and would it make an improvement to these headphones?
My set up at the moment is a desktop PC, music played via J-River, mostly Flac ripped from CD's and some 24 bit Flac's. From a desktop to a Kenwood ka 3020 amp ( which I brought new about 20 years ago and has done me some great services) which feeds the Sennheiser RS180 wireless headphones.
Would a DAC make a difference to this system?
Have been looking at the Audiolab M-Dac, which could also replace the Kenwood amp.
Computer motherboards usually come with very low cost DACs.
If you would want to use surround sound (from Computer) with the Senn RS180
Asus Xonar DX or D1 sound card, (used $55), the Xonar will (should) come with a better DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) then your motherboard's built in.
you can run a 3.5mm (1/8" mini-jack) male to 3.5mm male between the Xonar and the RS180 base unit.
(not sure why the Kenwood is hook between computer and RS180 base unit)
The Xonar wound also give you Dolby headphone surround sound for movies and games
Get an external DAC, run S/PDIF (optical or coaxial) or USB from the computer to the external DAC, then RCA to 3.5mm to the RS180 base unit.
DACs sold on eBay, shipped from China
Muse DA 20 ($55)
SMSL SD-793 ($65)
SMSL SD-1955 ($105).
Edit, my dumb brain just figured out why the Kenwood was hooked up between the Computer and the RS180.
So what you really need is an external DAC with two set of analog outs (two set of RCA outputs).
Edited by PurpleAngel - 7/11/12 at 1:14pm