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RCA splitter or switcher?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hi there. I'm about to receive a Schiit Magni and Modi. I want to use the Modi DAC for both my headphones and for my speakers being fed through a stereo amp. My question is would be preferable to use some cheap y splitters or get a RCA switcher? Obviously only one amp will be on at a time, the headphone or stereo amp. Could there be any problems?

 

I was thinking of something like this:

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 12

I use the radio hack version... no problems running 2 amps simultaneously.  I could probably stack another one and branch it off 3x if I wanted to.

 

 

I have used one of these too, but they are not quite as robust.  Although layout-wise for me its a better option because it doesn't disperse the RCA cables every which way.


Edited by kramer5150 - 3/19/13 at 3:56pm
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply. What's the 'radio hack version'? Also, what's your chain of wiring look like? Cheers.

post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

Or are you talking about a particular brand of splitter?

post #5 of 12

This one here is the one I use...  note you'll need 2x of them for R/L stereo.

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2103638

 

This will also work (2x for stereo)...

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2102977&locale=en_US#

 

So will this one (2x for stereo)...

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2103709&locale=en_US

 

Radio shack is commonly referred to as "rat shack" or "radio hack" in DIY circles.  There are probably other names (some not so nice)  for it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RadioShack

 

Wiring chain from end to end goes like this:

Macboolk Pro mini toslink => optical cable => DAC => RCA splitter => RCA interconnect #1 and #2


Edited by kramer5150 - 3/19/13 at 4:17pm
post #6 of 12
So a splitter won't reduce the output voltage of the DAC?
post #7 of 12

I am not sure...  I think its supposed to.  But honestly I hot-swap amps in and out and I can't hear any reduction or change in sonics when I do.  I'll be listening to one amp by itself, and carefully plug a second amp in.  I don't make a habbit mind you.

post #8 of 12

Just to follow up, I emailed Schiit and asked if using a splitter was a bad idea. His response:

 

 

Nope, it works fine—we use splitters all the time.

 

I'm sold.

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

Ah cool, thanks guys.

post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

Just to update; I'm using the splitters, they sound fine to my hears. Haven't done strict comparisons, but I can't hear any degradation.

post #11 of 12

I just ordered these RCA splitters for my FiiO E09k.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Audiophile-Series-RCA-Splitter-x2-Phono-Plug-2-Sockets-Right-Angle-Adaptor-/151103810623?pt=UK_Sound_Vision_Audio_Cable_Terminations&hash=item232e7d2c3f

I take there shouldn't be any problems with sound degeneration? I'll insert them into line-out for speakers and active subwoofer.

post #12 of 12

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A bit of a tight fit due to vertical placement of connectors. But I managed it biggrin.gif
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