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I know nothing. Is using a 3.5MM -> RCA adapter a great sin?

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I'm just starting my foray into nice audio gear - for PC. I bought a Xonar DGX soundcard and a Schiit Magni. The Xonar only has S/PDIF and 3.5MM outputs, so I will need to use a 3.5MM -> RCA adapter to connect it to the Magni.

 

Is this going to be a problem in terms of sound quality or positional audio in games?

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I did this for a long time before I upgraded computers. Sound quality and imaging was acceptable, but not as good as something like digital coax or optical. If thats all you have available, it will work fine. When you can, upgrade to optical/digital coax.Others will probably provide a more scientific answer.
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Originally Posted by CubemonkeyNYC View Post
 

Is this going to be a problem in terms of sound quality or positional audio in games?

 

Shouldn't be a problem.

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A well-designed cable will be completely transparent in the audio chain. It's practically impossible to hear the difference between cables, unless there is a serious design flaw with the impedance, electromagnetic fields are affecting the signal, etc. Some people will probably disagree, considering this is the cable and tweaks forum.


Edited by ToddTheMetalGod - 12/17/13 at 8:00am
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