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Hey I need help with building a decent audio setup because I am a newbie to this world. I want to start a setup that I can use for an enjoyable listening experience with some sound monitoring in mind. I was looking into getting a pair of Rokit 6's to start. I was wondering what would be a good option for sound cards, and if any internal sound cards like the Xonar STX would be compatible with running a pair of monitors. I have some Audio Technica ATHm50s for headphones for now but plan on upgrading them eventually. I do game alot but I don't really care about any surround or anything like that because I always tend to have music going.

So in summary my goal is to have a decent setup for now so if I feel the need to upgrade my headphones or speakers I can do that. And if there is any software side suggestions that would be helpful as well smile.gif

Thank you.
post #2 of 9
Unlike typical computer speakers that have built in amplification, you'll need am amplifier to power those speakers.

What's your budget?
What do you want to listen to?
Just music or gaming too?
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post #3 of 9
Rokit makes both active and passive speakers...
RP6 is active and R6 is passive.

Passive needs amplifier and active doesn't.
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post #4 of 9
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Lots of gaming and music listening, I do want to get monitors for various usage.

I would get active ones.

Would splitting the 1/4" out to the 2 RP6 be fine? Or will splitting it have some sort of output loss?

Will I be able to run a Xonar Essence STX for this setup or will I have to run an external setup?
Edited by Afrodisiak - 11/24/13 at 1:48pm
post #5 of 9
The STX has RCA output. Just get RCA-->1/4" cables and that's it.
EDIT: Forgot that the Rokit also had RCA input. So RCA-->RCA is more than fine.

But I'm 90% sure you will have problems with groundloop. Meaning that you get massive static noise from the speakers.

To fix it you need groundloop isolator to the RCA end of the cable.
Or cut the ground from your speakers (electrical tape to grounding pins of the power plug), not recommended though.
Edited by Tiihokatti - 11/24/13 at 10:13am
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I would look at Microlab Solo 7C / Edifier Studio 7 instead though.
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Hey I need help with building a decent audio setup because I am a newbie to this world. I want to start a setup that I can use for an enjoyable listening experience with some sound monitoring in mind. I was looking into getting a pair of Rokit 6's to start. I was wondering what would be a good option for sound cards, and if any internal sound cards like the Xonar STX would be compatible with running a pair of monitors. I have some Audio Technica ATHm50s for headphones for now but plan on upgrading them eventually. I do game alot but I don't really care about any surround or anything like that because I always tend to have music going.

So in summary my goal is to have a decent setup for now so if I feel the need to upgrade my headphones or speakers I can do that. And if there is any software side suggestions that would be helpful as well smile.gif

Thank you.

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post #8 of 9
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I


I do like this one...
Edited by Afrodisiak - 11/25/13 at 3:04pm
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the Focusrite is cheaper and has more features. it's got mic pre-amps with phantom power if you need them. balanced output. a headphone amplifier. independent volume controls and all the pots are ALPS. the DAC is a Cirrus Logic chip and the USB is XMOS.

the headphone amplifier isn't very powerful but it's enough to drive a 32 ohm load.
    
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