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DAC with optical in for studio monitors

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hello :normal_smile :

 

Im searching for a desktop DAC with a SPDIF in and normal RCA out for my monitors.
It would be nice if it has a on / off switch - but its not necessary !

I dont want to spend hundreds of dollars... - is an DAC for studio monitors even required ? 



And another thing: I want to split the optical-SPDIF-out  from my computer to plug

*1 into a astro mixamp (for virtual surround) to my headphones.
*the other one to the DAC 

 

 

will there be any kind of problems or a drop in sound quality ? 


-thanks in advance :)

post #2 of 8
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Originally Posted by DarkHummingbird View Post
 

Hello :normal_smile :

 

I'm searching for a desktop DAC with a S/PDIF in and normal RCA out for my monitors.
It would be nice if it has a on / off switch - but its not necessary !
I dont want to spend hundreds of dollars... - is an DAC for studio monitors even required ? 
And another thing: I want to split the optical SPDIF-out  from my computer to plug

*1 into a astro mixamp (for virtual surround) to my headphones.
*the other one to the DAC 

will there be any kind of problems or a drop in sound quality ? 
-thanks in advance :)

 

Why not just get a Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z sound card, $90 to $105, comes with a CS4398 DAC chip :)

Plug your headphones into the SB-Z's headphone jack and the studio monitors into the SB-Z's line-output.

No need for using the Astro Mix-amp.

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

I will have to plug my headphones, speakers & microphone all via 3.5 mm jack in ? 
And then I can have the same virtual surround as on the astro mixamp ? 


But the problem is that my speakers have analog output (RCA) ..
I would be a good solution :) ,

but having everything in form of knobs or buttons is way more statisfying than software !

post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by DarkHummingbird View Post
 

I will have to plug my headphones, speakers & microphone all via 3.5 mm jack in ? 
And then I can have the same virtual surround as on the astro mixamp ? 


But the problem is that my speakers have analog output (RCA) ..
I would be a good solution :) ,

but having everything in form of knobs or buttons is way more statisfying than software !

 

I think you mean your speakers have analog input (RCA).

So you can plug headphones, speakers and mic into the SB-Z card.

And the SB-Z will provide headphone surround sound, in place of the Astro Mix-amp.

 

There is also the Sound Blaster Surround 5.1 Omni external USB sound card, gives you a volume knob at your finger tips.

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

 

Why not just get a Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z sound card, $90 to $105, comes with a CS4398 DAC chip :)

Plug your headphones into the SB-Z's headphone jack and the studio monitors into the SB-Z's line-output.

No need for using the Astro Mix-amp.

What about the Xonar U7 ?

post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by DarkHummingbird View Post
 

What about the Xonar U7 ?

 

Guess the Xonar U7 would do the job too.

post #7 of 8
The Apogee Mini DAC is just the ticket.
post #8 of 8

Exactly what you need for 40$

http://www.ebay.com/itm/261465544912

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