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Your ears would not be able to tell the difference between using a 3.5mm connection or an RCA connection

Technically, the 3.5mm to RCA cable is not using a "splitter", a splitter would be splitting the signal, which is not what a 3.5mm to RCA cable does.

The 3.5mm to RCA would be more referred to as a Y cable.

So you do not want to use a Y cable, you just like the idea of using an RCA to RCA cable.

Which is fine, you can get the Fostex and use an RCA to RCA cable.

 

We just do not know what DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) chip is used in the Fostex.

But I do know that the Hifimediy U2 uses a Sabre DAC chip, which is going to be a fair bit better then whatever is used in the Fostex.

You can also buy a nice looking 3.5mm to RCA cable (10 GBP) from the same people how sell the Sabre U2.

http://hifimediy.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=60_65&product_id=99


Thanks for this info on the DAC chip, very helpful. One question about the Hifimediy, if I want to plug my headphone directly into that, do I still have the benefit of the tone control/EQ from my computer? Or is that defeated? Thanks.


Edited by Roboturner913 - 2/24/14 at 1:34pm
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Thanks for this info on the DAC chip, very helpful. One question about the Hifimediy, if I want to plug my headphone directly into that, do I still have the benefit of the tone control/EQ from my computer? Or is that defeated? Thanks.

USB bypasses the sound card and it's features, but I would assume a third party program like Foobar2000 or WinAmp or other would work.

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I didn't say anything of the sort; I am simply exploring the options. Sorry for not falling all over myself in gratitude for your suggestions . . .

In response to our suggestions that you go with the E10s, you said that you would look the E09 instead because of the connectors. And then, after we explained to you that there is no audio quality reason to worry about that, you said "I just don't want to have a cheap splitter going between the two. I already have nice interconnects, I'd rather use one of those."

It has nothing to do with gratitude. It is silly to be fixated on 3.5 mm outputs vs RCAs since you can buy adapter like this one to use with your interconnects if you don't want to buy a whole new cable. If you are not interested in getting the best sound quality for your money, then just go buy whatever on Amazon that has RCA outputs and fits your budget. However, you have a Budweiser budget, and there are no good options for you in an external DAC/headphone amp with RCA outs.
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