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Recommendations for a PC-centric DAC & Headphone Amp

post #1 of 3
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Greetings all,

 

I've been using a set of JVC HA-RX900's paired with an Onkyo TX-SR606 receiving audio from my PC's onboard SPDIF/TOSLINK output. I just recently picked up a pair of AT ATH-A900X's to replace my headphones and I'd like to remove the Onkyo receiver from the equation as well.

 

I'm looking for a DAC to take the SPDIF/TOSLINK from my PC, split the output between both a discrete set of mediocre self-amped speakers (for the rare occasions I use speakers with my PC) and a dedicated headphone amp which will be my primary usage.

 

Thoughts?

 

I'd like to spend under $300-400 for the DAC and headphone amp combined.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 3
Get a headphone amp with pre out and connect some decent active speakers to that perhaps
post #3 of 3
You can use a home theater receiver for - but the HT receiver needs to have stereo preamp output. There are DAC/Amps that will take a s/pdif input and have RCA outputs.

Another way to do it is to use the lineout/headphone jack on your soundcard for the speakers, and the s/pdif out to a headphone DAC/Amp. Then, when you want to use your speakers, you would need to switch the output using your soundcard SW.
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