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Creative AE-5 + Magni 3 // Creative ZxR + Magni 3 question

Discussion in 'Computer Audio' started by Wesley1985, Jul 6, 2018.
  1. Wesley1985

    I want to use the amp from Magni 3 but the software from ZxR or Creative AE-5 now my question is.

    Can i use the Creative AE-5 with Magni 3 if so which cable should i use? Or is it only possible on the ZxR if so can use all of the creative software for gaming like smart volume/loudness en the 5.1 stuff. Thanks in Advance.
  2. ericx85
    You can probably use a y connector (3.5mm to Left/Right RCA) cable to go from the headphone input of the sound card to the amp
  3. ProtegeManiac Contributor
    3.5mm from FL/FR jack on the soundcard to the RCA jacks on the Magni.

    If the software is otherwise similar enough you can save money on the ZxR vs the AE-5 since the latter's selling point is a better, more powerful, low output impedance headphone amp (and RGB, if that matters). Or just use the AE-5. Unless you do critical listening with no distractions I doubt you'd hear a significant difference on any headphone that doesn't need as much power as the Magni3's, since if you could, you wouldn't be using a fullsize computer unless it's got a custom loop running at lowest fan speeds on all fans.
  4. PurpleAngel Contributor
    This Hifimediy optical DAC can be connected to any sound card's optical output port.
    The Creative cards can output their headphone surround sound thru the optical port.
    Sound card > optical DAC > Magni > Headphone.

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