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post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by syncopied View Post

can someone help me out with potential connections for the possibility of switching use between bookshelf speakers and headphones:

[computer]--optical out--[dac]--[amp]--[wire to bookshelf speakers, 3.5mm jack to headphones]

If you buy an external DAC, it will have to have a headphone amp built in to be able to play headphones, or you need a separate external headphone amp. I think Topping might have t-amps with headphone amps built in (not sure) but would probably take all of your budget.
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Originally Posted by syncopied View Post

also, if i had to choose between an amp and a dac, what would you choose?

Not sure what you mean. If you buy passive bookshelf speakers, you have to buy an amp to power them. Otherwise, you have to buy powered speakers. Given that you have only a $100 budget, I don't see how you could buy a DAC with optical inputs and headphone amp, and a t-amp, and passive speakers.
post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

If you buy an external DAC, it will have to have a headphone amp built in to be able to play headphones, or you need a separate external headphone amp. I think Topping might have t-amps with headphone amps built in (not sure) but would probably take all of your budget.

Not sure what you mean. If you buy passive bookshelf speakers, you have to buy an amp to power them. Otherwise, you have to buy powered speakers.

that's exactly why i need to ask u guys these sorts of things-- i have no clue what i'm talking about lol rolleyes.gif

if that's the case, does the following plan make any sense:

1) buy topping amp, use them with headphones
1.5) make $$
2) look for deals for speakers on craigslist
2.5) make $$
3) buy dac (would I feel any noticeable difference with this versus without it?)

edit: would this work: Topping TP21 Class T Digital Mini Amplifier with Headphone 25 WPC
it is only $70, giving me a bit more room to scrounge for speakers

or would a higher end topping (such as a tp30 for approx. $100) with combined amp/dac suit my needs better
Edited by syncopied - 6/24/13 at 7:50pm
post #18 of 25
Sure. I've read good things about the Toppping TP21. Seems like a good choice given your budget. Wait and save the purchase of a DAC for the future, as something you can do for an upgrade later on. Might be that your motherboard audio has good SQ based on what Purple Angel said.
post #19 of 25
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i ended up not buying that motherboard because some of the other components weren't that great for its asking price

so here's another question only a n00b can ask: do i buy an RCA-3.5mm cable to connect this to the integrated audio on the computer? biggrin.gif

and when I go speaker hunting, should I just post deals for you guys to look at, or do you have a short list of what's usually good to buy in terms of older/oop bookshelf speakers?
post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by syncopied View Post

I ended up not buying that motherboard because some of the other components weren't that great for its asking price
so here's another question only a n00b can ask: do i buy an RCA-3.5mm cable to connect this to the integrated audio on the computer? biggrin.gif
and when I go speaker hunting, should I just post deals for you guys to look at, or do you have a short list of what's usually good to buy in terms of older/oop bookshelf speakers?

Might have to post the links to the deals.

Also Techbargins website will list stuff that is on sale, might find a good deal.

post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by syncopied View Post

so here's another question only a n00b can ask: do i buy an RCA-3.5mm cable to connect this to the integrated audio on the computer? biggrin.gif

and when I go speaker hunting, should I just post deals for you guys to look at, or do you have a short list of what's usually good to buy in terms of older/oop bookshelf speakers?

Yep. 3.5mm to RCA works well for hooking up the Topping amp to a computer.

There are so many speaker brands. What did you decide on for a budget for just the speakers?
post #22 of 25
Thread Starter 
i'd like to set it at around $50, maybe if there's a good deal for a bit more I can tolerate it. I'm going overbudget as it is smily_headphones1.gif

thanks for all your input so far!
post #23 of 25
At $50, you'll probably have to see what's there, find a few, and ask.
post #24 of 25
Thread Starter 
ok. hope you don't mind me asking in probably 7 weeks after i move and settle down smily_headphones1.gif
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by syncopied View Post

ok. hope you don't mind me asking in probably 7 weeks after i move and settle down smily_headphones1.gif

I'd be glad to help. Feel free to PM me. You would also probably get more help if you go to the AVS speaker forum and post and say you need assistance in choosing between the speakers you found: http://www.avsforum.com/f/89/speakers

AVS is to home audio as head-fi is to headphones. So lots of people with passive speaker knowledge. smily_headphones1.gif
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