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Does an amp exist that I can input two sources (switching between vinyl player and laptop for FLAC) and output two different sources (switching between speakers and headphones)?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Please excuse my noobish nature when it comes to this subject, there is a reason why I am asking and constant googling aren't coming with satisfying answers.

 

Currently I have a pair of Audeze LCD 2.1s plugged into an inadequate FIIO E17 docked into the FIIO E09K high desktop headphone amplifier (that I used with my Beyerdynamic DT990s before upgrading).

 

Now to elaborate more on my question. I'm looking to upgrade to a better headphone amp to better compliment my LCD 2s (and that's easy enough to research) but I'm also currently in the market for a decent vinyl player and bookshelf speakers. From what I've read I would also need an amp for the vinyl player and speakers.

 

So instead of two separate amps, I'm wondering if I could cut costs and perhaps get one amp that I can input two sources, a vinyl player and my laptop to play FLAC files, but I can output through speakers or headphones? Or should I buy a separate AMP/DAC for my LCD 2s (like a Schiit stack) and a separate amp for my vinyl player paired with bookshelf speakers?

 

I'm asking not just because I think it'll cut costs but convenience. I want to be able to listen to vinyl on speakers or headphones and my FLAC files on my laptop on speakers or headphones without too much hassle of constantly switching cables and such. 

 

ALL ANSWERS ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED! SUGGESTIONS TOO!!!!! I'll respond when I can. Thanks!!!!!!!

post #2 of 8
You also need a phono preamp for the turntable that will provide the proper RIAA equalization. This can be a separate box between the turntable and the amp, or it can be built-in to the amp.

Are you talking about unpowered bookshelf speakers or self-powered monitors/computer speakers?
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

From my understanding if the speakers are self powered I wouldn't need an amp? 

 

Since the speakers are something I have yet to purchase, it can be either - preferably something that provides the best audio quality.  

post #4 of 8
Correct - if the speakers are self-powered, that means they have an amp built-in and you would feed a line-level signal into them. Saying which is "better" is harder - you would need to give a specific price range. In general, the "audiophile" class speakers are not self-powered - they would be powered by an "audiophile" speaker amp. However, at the lower price points, it's less clear - it could go either way. The small, inexpensive "t-amps" have made it fairly easy to build a low-cost, good sounding desktop set-up using unpowered speakers that are IMHO a step-up from the typical computer speakers. There are MANY ways to make this work.
post #5 of 8
As far as your original question, sure - amps exist with multiple inputs - every home theater receiver has many different inputs, and many other amps do too.

Here's an example that might be interesting - I don't know anything about this amp other than what is on the web site, but it has the ability of acting as a DAC for you PC, as well as having RCA analogue inputs (you phono preamp would plug into one of them), and it has both a headphone jack and a 45w/channel speaker amp.
http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/products/azur-351a-integrated-amplifier

There are many other products that could also do similar things in one or more boxes.
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

I am more likely to purchase speakers that are not self powered and purchase an amp. In order to get my setup to work is a stereo receiver with multiple inputs what I'm looking for? 

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 

This looks exactly like what I'm looking for. Would you happen to have other suggestions? Less boxes would be preferable but not absolutely necessary. What you suggested is perfect but I would like to see what else the market has to offer. 

 

I really appreciate the replies, this isn't exactly the easiest thing to research.  

post #8 of 8
Try this search string in google, and make sure the "Verbatim" option is on: USB DAC integrated amp phono
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