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B&W 686 + ROTEL RA-11 on PC Questions!

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Hi!

I want to improve the sound of my PC ( X-fi Titanium Fatality Champ 6 + Creative Inspire p580 ) and spend two hi-fi speakers.
Soon, maybe tomorrow, come the B&W 686.
I have thought of using double amplification and now I'm choosing a amplifer with Dac.
First on the list is the Rotel RA-11. I have a couple of questions:

What other amplifier with Dac you recommend not exceeding the 600euros?

What is the best way to connect the amplier to the X-fi, knowing that this card, it will not process the audio.
Optical or RCA output 3.5 jack?

Thanks a lot!thumb.gif
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What is "double amplification"?
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Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
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Originally Posted by billbartuska View Post

What is "double amplification"?

I think he meant bi-amp, but given the other equipment in the scenario I don't see how doing so could improve anything. To be honest, I see no reason to bi-amp unless you go through the trouble of pulling out the crossovers inside the speakers and setting the pre-amp to separate the proper frequencies.
post #5 of 5
B&W 686s are set up fro Bi-Wiring, not Bi-Amping.

Hooking up two amps will smoke one of the amps instantly!
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2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
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