My current audio setup is a little less than ideal and I was hoping that could change with my new build. Right now, my computer has an HT Omega Striker soundcard with a T-amp for my Cambridge Audio S30 bookshelf speakers (+ BIC F12 sub) and a Schiit Asgard (original) for my Sennheiser HD580s. I have one 3.5mm to RCA cable that stays in the soundcard and goes to the T-amp or Asgard. As of current, I basically don't use my headphones at all because switching is a pain; the plugs are very snug and I imagine frequent switching will put unnecessary strain on the jacks.
My new machine will be mITX, so no expansion room for a card. That said, onboard audio will be ALC1150, so hopefully sound quality will suffice. I'll have front panel audio this time around, though. My plan was to put the Schiit up front and get another cable for the speakers in back (or vice versa, doesn't matter). Would this allow me to use either the speakers OR my headphones, without having to unplug anything or make any software/control panel changes?
Another slightly unrelated question. Say I wanted an external DAC, more than likely a Modi. I'd probably sell my current Asgard (thing gets HOT) and get a Magni or Vali to go with it; smaller footprint and all. Could I route the speakers and headphones through the DAC and each to their respective amps? Would the cabling situation be similar to the above (assuming the above worked)? Would I need something like the Schiit SYS Passive Preamp for this? Is the SYS (or similar) the solution I am looking for in general?
Your thoughts and comments are much appreciated!
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