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That sub looks like it is self powered so it would technically work. I'm guessing you will go with a Dac/Amp that doesn't have a dedicated subwoofer out, so you would have to piggyback with a splitter like the guy linked. Does this provide the best signal/sound quality.. No, does it work, yes. You get what you pay for. If you aren't very pick then this would work fine.

Don't let me discourage you, I am just very picky when it comes to audio. The described set up should work perfectly fine. The subwoofer should only pick the up the low signals (bass) and respond accordingly. The subwoofer has a crossover selection so you can fine tune the frequencies it responds to too.

What other way is there to connect a sub? Either you use speaker wire or RCA..

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Man this is getting expensive, I don't have the kind of budget for all this extra stuff. This is the sub I planned on getting.

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=300-629
I am giving the cheapest option and what I have expirence with. If the option is to buy a bunch of new items then let me know what you need and a budget. Then I can give you a better breakdown of what could be used.

Onboard sound is the worst and cheapest option, so having that die isnt necessarily a bad thing.
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What other way is there to connect a sub? Either you use speaker wire or RCA..

Yes that's how you connect them, but you are talking about piggybacking a signal, which is not the optimal way to do things. Does it work, yes.

The parts you listed are going to work fine for entry level quality sound. I would connect your monitors using the RCA outs and then use the splitters to piggyback the signal to the subwoofer. You could try using the RCA outs just for the sub and the lineout for the monitors, but then you will need a jack to RCA converter (which I think you already have?).
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This is what I personally use in the set up I described a few posts back. http://www.mav-audio.com/base/product/tube_magic_d1

Got to get ready for classes. Hope I have been able to help at least a little. I'll keep checking this thread, feel free to PM me if needed.
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Id love to get something like the D1 but at $170+, just can't afford it. I think I'll be happy with the FiiO D3 for now. I'm coming from listening to music and movies on a set of Logitech z5500s, so anything these rokit 6s are hooked up too should sound 10x better biggrin.gif. I think I'll go ahead and order the Asus DGX and Fiio D3 tomorrow, so if anyone has any other last minute suggestions/ part recommendations within that price range let me know. Im not sure whether to get the D3 that comes with the optical cable or not though. Do you think they would send an optical cable with the new sound card? I'll rma the DX and resell for around $60 Id guess, so that means I'm only putting in about $20 total to hopefully solve this problem.

@xstar: Yes I already have the Y adapter/converter for jack to rca. Would I be better off using the rca and line out on the DAC, or just the rca connections and buy the piggy back cable?

I just want to say thank you to everyone that has offered advice. You have all been extremely helpful and this is exactly the kind of helping I was looking to get. +reps to all
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I dont think they would send an optical cable, but I am in Utah, so let me know if you need one and I can mail you one. serious. PM me
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Again I'd order FiiO stuff from a certified reseller it's better for warranty (I think I did read something about it on head-fi).
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Id love to get something like the D1 but at $170+, just can't afford it. I think I'll be happy with the FiiO D3 for now. I'm coming from listening to music and movies on a set of Logitech z5500s, so anything these rokit 6s are hooked up too should sound 10x better biggrin.gif. I think I'll go ahead and order the Asus DGX and Fiio D3 tomorrow, so if anyone has any other last minute suggestions/ part recommendations within that price range let me know. Im not sure whether to get the D3 that comes with the optical cable or not though. Do you think they would send an optical cable with the new sound card? I'll rma the DX and resell for around $60 Id guess, so that means I'm only putting in about $20 total to hopefully solve this problem.

@xstar: Yes I already have the Y adapter/converter for jack to rca. Would I be better off using the rca and line out on the DAC, or just the rca connections and buy the piggy back cable?

I just want to say thank you to everyone that has offered advice. You have all been extremely helpful and this is exactly the kind of helping I was looking to get. +reps to all

Glad we were able to help. No I don't think they will send a optical cable with it. I would honestly try both methods of connecting the speakers/sub. Different outputs/inputs can have different results on different devices. Like I said, *I* would try both and see if there was a difference in quality and return the splitter if not needed.

Technically there should not be a difference since they are both analog signals and coming from the same source, but you never know.
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Id love to get something like the D1 but at $170+, just can't afford it. I think I'll be happy with the FiiO D3 for now. I'm coming from listening to music and movies on a set of Logitech z5500s, so anything these rokit 6s are hooked up too should sound 10x better biggrin.gif. I think I'll go ahead and order the Asus DGX and Fiio D3 tomorrow, so if anyone has any other last minute suggestions/ part recommendations within that price range let me know. Im not sure whether to get the D3 that comes with the optical cable or not though. Do you think they would send an optical cable with the new sound card? I'll rma the DX and resell for around $60 Id guess, so that means I'm only putting in about $20 total to hopefully solve this problem.

@xstar: Yes I already have the Y adapter/converter for jack to rca. Would I be better off using the rca and line out on the DAC, or just the rca connections and buy the piggy back cable?

I just want to say thank you to everyone that has offered advice. You have all been extremely helpful and this is exactly the kind of helping I was looking to get. +reps to all

Why are you buying both?

Also, splitting the RCA signal to the monitors and a sub won't reduce sound quality, so don't worry about that.
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I would forget the sub and buy the Focusrite Scarlett. it's got a 24/96 DAC, pre-amp, headphone amplifier with separate volume control, balanced 1/4" out.

http://www.amazon.com/Focusrite-2i2-USB-Recording-Interface/dp/B005OZE9SA/ref=sr_1_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1359618523&sr=1-1&keywords=focusrite+scarlett
    
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the KRK Rokit 6 accept balanced input which is what you should be using and you can control the volume with the Scarlett without having to reach behind the monitors. I like that it has a headphone amplifier with separate volume controls.

later on you can buy the KRK 10s subwoofer.

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