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post #1 of 6
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Please help.

I just bought a Sennheiser hd 600 and Vali amp.

I could use some help on the best way to connect the amp to my Onkyo TX-NR808

I know I use RCA cables, but to what output?

Also since their analog, would it help if I got a DAC also? 

Going to be for music and movies.

Would it be possible to get 7.1 sound.

These are the first headphones and amp that I'v bought, so please be gentle lol.

Thanks for any help.


Edited by Howdy7883 - 5/13/14 at 8:19pm
post #2 of 6
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Please help.

I just bought a Sennheiser hd 600 and Vali amp.

I could use some help on the best way to connect the amp to my Onkyo TX-NR808

I know I use RCA cables, but to what output?

Also since their analog, would it help if I got a DAC also? 

Going to be for music and movies.

Would it be possible to get 7.1 sound.

These are the first headphones and amp that I'v bought, so please be gentle lol.

Thanks for any help.

 

My opinion is your better off just plugging your 300-Ohm Sennheiser HD600 straight into the Onkyo receiver and not using the Vali.

Chances are you can not hook an external DAC to the Onkyo receiver.

As far as I can tell your Onkyo TX-NR808 does not have any support for headphone surround sound, just stereo headphone audio.

Hopefully you connecting your sources to the Onkyo using HDMI?

post #3 of 6
You can't get 7.1 sound from a headphone. Movies are not encoded in 7.1. Only 5.1. 7.1 with any AVR is a kludge that uses digital signal processing to create the 2 additional channels. That's why 7.1 is not as great as people imagine it to be. It's only really a good choice for larger rooms where placement is optional for the surrounds and rears. Otherwise, not even worth worrying about for HT usage.

With headphones, Dolby Headphone (or similar DSP) will downmix the 5.1 channels into 2 channel for headphone use. Doubtful your receiver has anyway to do that and pass it onto a headphone amp, even if it has that kind of DSP feature.

Try the Zone 2 for hooking up your headphone amp (see your manual).

Your receiver does not have any digital output capability for hooking up a DAC.
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the help.

Buddy of mine mentioned hooking it up to pre-out or tape out.

What do you guy's think about that?

post #5 of 6
I would try zone 2 over pre-out. Pre-out front left/right is primarily meant for using an amp with your front left/right speakers. So switching over to it might not be easy as just using Zone 2. Likely requires digging in the configuration menus.

Used to be some receivers would not let you listen to digital content over tape out (DVD, Blu-Ray) because of the digital rights management stuff. The idea was to prevent you from copying it.

That all being said, why don't you just try 'em all and see what you like best. Who cares what anyone else thinks. smily_headphones1.gif
post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

Lol, thanks I'll give them a shot.

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