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I want to use my sound card's (X-Fi Fatal1ty Pro) DAC and connect it to a headphone amp (Fiio E09K, no DAC, only amp).

 

The sound card has line out and spdif out ports. Which port of the card should I use? What is the difference?

 

The amp has pre out, line out and aux in (RCA). Which one of these should I use? What is the difference?

 

I know I can use a 3.5mm to 2xRCA cable to connect line out to line out. What other combinations are possible and which is the best for what I want?

 

Thank you.


Edited by Misterer - 12/3/13 at 12:04pm
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I want to use my sound card's (X-Fi Fatal1ty Pro) DAC and connect it to a headphone amp (Fiio E09K, no DAC, only amp).

The sound card has line out and spdif out ports. Which port of the card should I use? What is the difference?

The amp has pre out, line out and aux in (RCA). Which one of these should I use? What is the difference?

I know I can use a 3.5mm to 2xRCA cable to connect line out to line out. What other combinations are possible and which is the best for what I want?

Run the 3.5mm stereo mini-jack to RCA cable, from the Fatal1ly Pro's front/headphone output jack to the AUX IN (RCA) on the E09K.

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