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Stop trying to be smart, switch!

I have this USB DAC/headphone amp (which is great). I just started using the RCA outputs for a pair of powered monitors (also great). The problem is that the DAC switches between the outputs based on whether the headphones are plugged in. This makes sense, but it's annoying. I want to hack it and switch between them manually. Electronics whizzes, check my reasoning. [more inside]
posted by supercres on Aug 6, 2014 - 9 answers

Should I buy a Digital-to-Analog Convertor (DAC)?

Just wondering if this is something I should invest in, or would it be a waste of money? [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Jun 23, 2014 - 11 answers

High quality home audio setup on the cheap?

I'm moving in March and have decided I would like to put together a nice, high-quality sound setup on the cheap based around a Class-T Amp. On a whim I picked up this one for $16 and am now looking for advice on the other equipment. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Jan 21, 2013 - 23 answers

Please show me where to get a simple, inexpensive DAC (USB) kit

Yay I can solder! Please show me where to get a simple, inexpensive DAC (USB) kit, preferably < $50. Inspired by krilli's earlier question. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Feb 4, 2012 - 6 answers

I suppose I could just go with LPs...

In the process of ripping CDs to a media server (Mac Mini mid-2010), I did an A/B test comparing the sound quality of the Mac setup with my CD player. It did not go well. Currently the line-out headphone jack is just connected to the stereo, but I'm pretty sure that the DAC should be done externally for the improvement in sound. But various reviews seem to indicate that the Mac has high jitter issues with it's optical out. What's the best way to turn my zeroes and ones back into music? [more inside]
posted by hwyengr on Sep 8, 2011 - 11 answers

Should I be using a USB DAC instead of my TV

Should I not be using my television as a DAC for my home stereo? [more inside]
posted by johnchristopher on Jan 24, 2011 - 7 answers

HiFi CD player vs DAC

Audiophile questions: HiFi CD player vs DAC. What benefit is there to a CD player compared to just getting a quality digital/analog converter? What exactly is a quality DAC? Help me avoid audiophile snake oil! [more inside]
posted by cotterpin on Jan 24, 2011 - 15 answers

Which do I need a external sound card or DAC?

Which do I need a external sound card or DAC? I have a Macbook Pro that I for listening to mp3's and some light meddling with in Ableton (mostly working with samples). I run Ableton 8 under windows 7 which I have connected via the headphone jack to a decent hifi amp and speakers. My goal is 2 fold. 1) To get better sound quality when listening to mp3's 2) To get better sound quality out of Ableton I’m unsure if i need to get an external sound card (like a M-Audio Fast Track Pro)to do this or if an external DAC (like a Beresford Caiman DAC) would be better. Could someone outline the pro and cons of going down one of these routes? am I missing the boat are both these the same thing?
posted by toocan on Jan 19, 2010 - 15 answers

Last night a DJ stole my kHz...

Please help me figure out if there is a problem with my new digital studio monitors (speakers.) They are supposed to decode 192 KHz streams, but I can only get them to do 96 KHz... plus I don't know what any of this really means... [more inside]
posted by wfrgms on Jan 28, 2009 - 11 answers

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