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Mar 20, 2006 at 6:00 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 9

chiuming07

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I am confused on how to connect DAC (Digial-Analog-converter) to headphone amp.

i read ppl in the forum said Chaintech AV-710 has an excellent DAC output. where is that DAC plug on the AV-710? (optical out??)

What kind of cable i use to connect AV-710 DAC and external headphone amp?

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Mar 20, 2006 at 6:06 AM Post #2 of 9

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The word to look for is the model number. A DAC is just a Digital to Analogue Converter. It can be a chip inside a soundcard or it can be a standalone one. In the case of the AV-710, its DAC is internal (all computer soundcards have an internal DAC inside it). An example of a standalone DAC would be a Micro DAC that headphone.com sells.

In the case of the AV-710, the lineout of the soundcard is a mini-jack. The cable to use will depend on your headphone amp. Some amps take a mini-in, and some others take RCAs.
 
Mar 20, 2006 at 6:48 AM Post #5 of 9

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Quote:

Originally Posted by chiuming07
by RCAs you mean those A/V cable in red / white color?

do u have a picture of it

thanks again



like these:
FUL1_AV20600-XX.jpg

The bigger ones are the RCA, and then the other one is the mini.

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so for AV-710 what kind of cable i need to use? and I have to use the "line out" jack right? the one everybody saying has high quality sound??


Use the black line-out jack of the AV-710. This is the one that everyone here says it's of higher quality than the other line-outs (due to a higher-quality DAC). The line-out is a mini-jack, so then now it depends on your headphone amp to see if you need a mini-mini cable, or a mini-RCA cable.
 
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Quote:

Originally Posted by parrot5
like these:
FUL1_AV20600-XX.jpg

The bigger ones are the RCA, and then the other one is the mini.


Use the black line-out jack of the AV-710. This is the one that everyone here says it's of higher quality than the other line-outs (due to a higher-quality DAC). The line-out is a mini-jack, so then now it depends on your headphone amp to see if you need a mini-mini cable, or a mini-RCA cable.



uhhhhhhhhhh, i'm not sure exactly what he's trying to tell you. if you intend to use the digital-out (optical) of the av710 (bypassing the internal Digital-to-Analog-Converter, DAC) you need a toslink cable. if your external dac has a standard toslink connector, then you need toslink-toslink cable, like this:
http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...t=1#largeimage

if you external dac has a mini-toslink input (such as microdac), you need a toslink-miniToslink connector:
http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...t=1#largeimage

if you're using the internal dac of the chaintech to output a line-out (unamplified) signal to an amp, then you will use a standard analog mini-mini, or mini-rca interconnect; depending on what your amp uses as an input

http://images.tigerdirect.ca/itemDet...04-out3-hl.jpg
so....the output on the far right with the little black plug is the digital toslink
 
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Originally Posted by uzziah
uhhhhhhhhhh, i'm not sure exactly what he's trying to tell you. if you intend to use the digital-out (optical) of the av710 (bypassing the internal Digital-to-Analog-Converter, DAC) you need a toslink cable. if your external dac has a standard toslink connector, then you need toslink-toslink cable, like this:
http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...t=1#largeimage

if you external dac has a mini-toslink input (such as microdac), you need a toslink-miniToslink connector:
http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...t=1#largeimage

if you're using the internal dac of the chaintech to output a line-out (unamplified) signal to an amp, then you will use a standard analog mini-mini, or mini-rca interconnect; depending on what your amp uses as an input

http://images.tigerdirect.ca/itemDet...04-out3-hl.jpg
so....the output on the far right with the little black plug is the digital toslink



I told him some amps take RCA-in, so that he would need the cable pictured, if he's using the high quality line-out of AV-710. Clearer?
 

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