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I need some explanation... Audio noob here. Tries to understand how it all works?

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I've been reading on the audio stuff for pretty long time now.
We are talking about a person who have been using pc with onboard realtek since always and just connected speakers through back panel and headphones through front panel and was fine with that.
But I decided, I want everything set properly as it should be (as SpykeZ advised me often) so I started on reading. To begin with - I had NO IDEA what amp or dac was before that. I was/am that level of unaware person. I never had contact with audio other than pc and creative live! sound card.
Keep in mind, that I am a gamer and music listener. not audiophille wannable by any stretch of imagination tongue.gif

I will maybe try to explain what I have and what I understand as of now. I will explain what I need/expect and wait for help/recommendations. remember - all entry rather cheap level stuff for now.,


I have 5.1 creative cambridge dtt2200 speakers. I bought them 12 years ago for lil bit more than 200$. in time I removed 3 speakers and made it a 2.1 setup which I prefer. I am not changing those - fantastic speakers I think. Well suited for my needs. I am listening to headphones 99% of time anyway wink.gif

Headphones - I know I know... I have creative tactic360. Big over ear 50mm 32ohm headphones. they play rather nice(very comfortable too) and all but I will be changing them i the future. For now maybe I will get shure srh440 or creative aurvana live! I was reading aplenty about headphones and decided never to buy gaming stuff again. But I will not be buying 150 or 600ohm sennheiser audiophille headphones either. I would never hear the difference. I am not looking for studio monitor quality but good bass, rich sound for typical consumer who like good sound wink.gif

I also learned what amp and dac are. amp just amplifies volume of sound and sometimes serve as audio interface for many inputs/outputs. Dac is something that overcomes onboard audio card and converts digital to analog sound. Something like fiio e7 or e17 (should I get one of them ?) it should create lauder and reacher sound than my smartphones, pc realtek etc etc.
There are also external soundcards which serve as dac/amp like creative x-fi hd.


Anyway - too keep it short. What device/s do I need to connect my pc, 360 via optical/analog to speakers and headphones all at the same time without a need to change cables. Right now It's all mess. Every time I want to listen to 360 from speakers/headphones, have to attach them directly to analog cable coming from splitter (bga/rca) from 360 and unplug from pc. and other way around. But not only do can I have it all connected at the same time but also amplified and just made sound better right ? Just like normal sane person should tongue.gif

as I see it, getting fiio device would not help anything. I would still have to change outputs/inputs. But fiio e7/17 is cheapest way of making the sound amplified and to bypass stupiud realtek on pc.

Thanks wink.gif
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Honestly, the cheapest and easiest way is to get a decent AV receiver, run an optical cable from the MB out to receiver in, and use the receiver's DAC and as a hookup point. You get much better sound and the convenience of everything that a receiver brings, including the ability to use up to 11.4ch audio, 1/4" headphone jacks, etc.
   
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Yeah but even cheapest receivers are quite expensive. (at least those I've been looking through)

And do I want dac to completly bypass my pc soud card ? How would positioning in games work then ?
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