Originally Posted by mac336
this might be a really dumb question
if I have active speakers with RCA inputs on the back, I can just run the rca cables from the emotiva into the speakers and use the emotiva to control the speaker volume right ?
would the emotiva also still be able to power my headphones/passive speakers from the speaker outputs in the back or will the sound signal only come out one of them ?
side question: say I am running laptop --> bifrost --> active speakers
the bifrost DAC does not have volume control, so the only volume control would be on the laptop. would this have adequate control over the speakers ?
Answering your 1st question:
Quoting Page 9 of the mini-x A-100 manual:
Connecting the analog (loop) Output of the Mini-X A-100 to another device
The Output of the A-100 provides another copy of the input signal for chaining to another device. The output signal is the same as the input, is buffered (so it won’t load down the input device), and is only present when the A-100 is On.
So, the volume control only affects the speaker terminals, not the RCA outputs.
Answering your 2nd question:
Those RCA outputs can be used at the same time as the amplified (and volume-controlled) speaker terminals.
Answering your 3rd question:
I would set it up like this:
laptop > Schiit Bifrost > mini-x RCA Inputs > mini-x > mini-x RCA outputs > active speakers
> mini-x speaker terminals > headphones or passive speakers
Leave the volume control on the laptop at maximum, so that you are not reducing the bit depth (dynamics) of the digital signal being sent to the DAC.
Use the volume control on the mini-x to control the volume of your headphones or passive speakers.
Use the volume control built-in to your active speakers to control their volume.
Edited by zilch0md - 4/1/13 at 7:42pm