RCA splitter or switcher?
Mar 19, 2013 at 6:42 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 12

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Hi there. I'm about to receive a Schiit Magni and Modi. I want to use the Modi DAC for both my headphones and for my speakers being fed through a stereo amp. My question is would be preferable to use some cheap y splitters or get a RCA switcher? Obviously only one amp will be on at a time, the headphone or stereo amp. Could there be any problems?
 
I was thinking of something like this:
 

Thanks.
 
Mar 19, 2013 at 6:50 PM Post #2 of 12

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I use the radio hack version... no problems running 2 amps simultaneously.  I could probably stack another one and branch it off 3x if I wanted to.
 

 
I have used one of these too, but they are not quite as robust.  Although layout-wise for me its a better option because it doesn't disperse the RCA cables every which way.

 
Mar 19, 2013 at 7:07 PM Post #5 of 12

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This one here is the one I use...  note you'll need 2x of them for R/L stereo.
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2103638
 
This will also work (2x for stereo)...
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2102977&locale=en_US#
 
So will this one (2x for stereo)...
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2103709&locale=en_US
 
Radio shack is commonly referred to as "rat shack" or "radio hack" in DIY circles.  There are probably other names (some not so nice)  for it.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RadioShack
 
Wiring chain from end to end goes like this:
Macboolk Pro mini toslink => optical cable => DAC => RCA splitter => RCA interconnect #1 and #2
 
Mar 19, 2013 at 7:40 PM Post #6 of 12

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So a splitter won't reduce the output voltage of the DAC?
 
Mar 19, 2013 at 8:06 PM Post #7 of 12

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I am not sure...  I think its supposed to.  But honestly I hot-swap amps in and out and I can't hear any reduction or change in sonics when I do.  I'll be listening to one amp by itself, and carefully plug a second amp in.  I don't make a habbit mind you.
 
Mar 20, 2013 at 9:51 AM Post #8 of 12

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Just to follow up, I emailed Schiit and asked if using a splitter was a bad idea. His response:
 
 
Nope, it works fine—we use splitters all the time.

 
I'm sold.
 
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Feb 10, 2014 at 11:40 AM Post #12 of 12

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A bit of a tight fit due to vertical placement of connectors. But I managed it :D
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