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Need an audio card or receiver with 1/4 or XLR out to go from TV to XLR reference monitors

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Thread Starter 

Hi,

First post here. Anyone know a simple solution for me to route audio from my TV to my XLR Dynaudio BM5a compact reference monitors? I plan to play content from my Apple TV which also has an optical output as an option.

 

I can't think of any commercial receivers that have XLR out or 1/4 out. Also, note that these speakers are powered already. My other option is a sound card that can function standalone as DAC.

 

Thanks!

 

-Shere

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Originally Posted by ShereKaan View Post
 

First post here. Anyone know a simple solution for me to route audio from my TV to my XLR Dynaudio BM5a compact reference monitors? I plan to play content from my Apple TV which also has an optical output as an option.

I can't think of any commercial receivers that have XLR out or 1/4 out. Also, note that these speakers are powered already. My other option is a sound card that can function standalone as DAC.

An external DAC, with a S/PDIF optical input and a balanced analog output, should provide great audio quality.

How much would you be willing to budget?

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Thread Starter 

Sounds like a good option. Can you throw some ideas out? I guess $1k is my max if the external DAC has some other functions that could prove to be useful later. The one thing that's important is that the DAC has balanced 1/4" or XLR output connections.

 

If I can get something really simple for around $200 that would be preferred.

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Since we're just talking about TV->powered speakers, why not just use an adapter cable?? Your source is unbalanced, so I don't really see the advantage of trying to keep it balanced.
http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=115&cp_id=11509&cs_id=1150902&p_id=4784&seq=1&format=2
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Thanks Billybob. Actually, before reading your response I was browsing around Monoprice for exactly that! But now I have a new problem.... I've been eyeing those tube preamps. I demoed an Ocatave Integrated amplifier connected to some Dynaudio Excite speakers. Sounded beautiful.

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