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Active speakers (with amp+dac) and Xonar STX for headphones?

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Hi, 

 

In a attempt to reduce the number of units and cables, I'm looking to replace my external amp+dac combo with a set of active speakers (Kef X300A, USB interface). I've been plugging in my Headphones (HD650) to my amp, physically switching from Speaker sound to headphones. I'm considering buying a xonar STX to use as a headphone amp. 

 

  • Internal soundcard for headphones
  • External soundcard for speakers

 

Anyone running a similar setup? How do you switch from Speakers to headphone? Is there a easy way to do it, or would require me to do it via controlpanel manually everytime? 

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Hi, 

 

In a attempt to reduce the number of units and cables, I'm looking to replace my external amp+dac combo with a set of active speakers (Kef X300A, USB interface). I've been plugging in my Headphones (HD650) to my amp, physically switching from Speaker sound to headphones. I'm considering buying a xonar STX to use as a headphone amp. 

 

  • Internal soundcard for headphones
  • External soundcard for speakers

 

Anyone running a similar setup? How do you switch from Speakers to headphone? Is there a easy way to do it, or would require me to do it via controlpanel manually everytime? 


If you have JRiver Media Center, you can run multiple audio "zones" and they can either play separately, or synced together. What you could do is sync your headphone and speakers zones together and you wont need to manually switch.

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thanks for the tip, will check it out. 

 

also found this method: http://theitbros.com/hotkey-to-switch-audio-devices/

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Originally Posted by w0lla View Post

thanks for the tip, will check it out. 

 

also found this method: http://theitbros.com/hotkey-to-switch-audio-devices/


Yeah that looks like it could work too.

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