Originally Posted by DrGroove
Your are feeding an analogue connection to the receiver, so the DAC(s) in it aren't being used. You're right though, those old amp are great and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. I'd be willing to bet your soundcard will not output through two ports at once, so you'll probably need a Y-splitter. This won't have any significant sound degradation, and run it directly from your soundcard to minimize connections. This is assuming your speakers are self-powered right?
Also, +1 to monoprice. They make quality stuff for cheap.
Originally Posted by DrGroove
The front audio port is going to be headphone out rather than line out. Line out to the receiver would be ideal because it is a lower noise output. I think the only way you can get simultaneous output is to use the front headphone port and the rear headphone port. If you connect front or rear headphone with the line out on the rear, the soundcard will probably default to headphone output only,
but go ahead and give it a shot before you buy additional cables.
edit: go ahead and get a 3.5mm to RCA, because you'll need that for the receiver regardless.
Bud, I didn't quite understand what you meant to say on the line I marked bold
Did you mean the front headphone port on my computer? I dont have any rear headphone ports, my sound card only has the Green, Black, Orange and Blue Ports behind, the Black and Green is being occupied by the Current Surround Speakers which needs a Front and Rear output..
However on the creative control panel there is an option to drive the Front Headphone jack and rear green line out simultaneously.at once, I dont know if that's bad or effects the quality much, The front is headphone out and although its HD Audio, like you I think the quality output would be lower then the line out on the sound card. So its better if its all done from the rear i/o of the card and I rather use the rear green line out port on the back to go to the receiver. However that and the black one is being occupied by the surround speakers.
Yes the Surround speakers are self powered, They receive their power from the subwoofer, that's where the Green and Black line outs also meet. From the sub, I also get an separate dial from which I can control the speakers.
PS: do you think I should grab that 3.5mm to RCA off ebay, they say they are gold plated but I can look around more, quality should be good right? I would go for monoprice but the shipping outside the US is a killer $40 for that cable.
Originally Posted by logan
I actually do exactly this, but I do it with different components.
Here is my setup.
Fiio E10 USB DAC (line out) > Dayton Audio DTA - 100a > Polk Audio RTI A4
Fiio E10 USB DAC (Headphone out) > Creative Aurvana Live
With this setup I can actually have both run simultaneously.
And I've been looking at the old Denon HT receiver that I have, and noticed that I can have the headphone jack activated for any of the inputs, I just have to do it manually. Meaning, I can go 3.5 > rca into my receiver and then either leave it as the default output (HT system), or press the "output" button on the remote and it will change the output to the headphone port (regardless of what source its coming from). So you might try to see if you can find a setup like that, because that would solve your problem without a splitter.
Good luck man
Originally Posted by kevmatic
If you get an old receiver, there's like a 90% chance it'll have a "tape out" that you can hook your surround speakers to. Tape Out is basically a y-splitter inside the receiver that's after the source selector.
Yea guys, I think my amp would support switching between the source signal, but I only saw 1x 3.5mm port in the rear, So something like this.. Computer - > Amp -> Surround Speakers + Headphone wont be possible since my surround setup needs another 3.5mm for the rear speakers. I am also not sure if leaving the speakers to the computers sound card would yield a better surround experience then the amp which does have dolby pro logic but the rest is stereo, which is fine for listening to music on a headphone but no reason to run stereo signal on to a surround speaker setup.
Reps + to everybody