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Does anyone else have massive trouble with rca -> 3.5mm cables? All of mine either have connection issues or the left channel is completely mute.
If you are going source -> 3.5mm jack -> RCA -> speaker: no.

What have you done so far when troubleshooting this problem (beyond testing different cables)?

Different sources.

Laptop -> Amp -> Speakers
Phone -> amp -> speakers
PC -> amp -> speakers
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What's the difference between Balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA? Over ~ 6 inches, would it matter at all?
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What's the difference between Balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA? Over ~ 6 inches, would it matter at all?

That was answered here.

http://www.overclock.net/t/512436/ocn-headphones-club/13480#post_19387956

I had the same question. smile.gif
     
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That was answered here.

http://www.overclock.net/t/512436/ocn-headphones-club/13480#post_19387956

I had the same question. smile.gif

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No one should bother with Balanced XLR unless they've spent a good amount on their headphones, DAC/AMP and are ready to work out their cable decisions and have a DAC that supports balanced XLR.
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No one should bother with Balanced XLR unless they've spent a good amount on their headphones, DAC/AMP and are ready to work out their cable decisions and have a DAC that supports balanced XLR.

TL;DR: If you've spent >$3k on audio, think about XLR.
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Balanced via 1/4" TRS or whatever like on pro interfaces is fine too; no need for that to be XLR specifically.

Is there really such a distance between DAC and amp in a typical home setup, possibility to pick up interference? I guess if you have racks of stuff. It's far different than running lines across a stage filled with huge power amps and speakers though, that's for sure. But even with a short distance, if you're not controlling current return paths because you have unbalanced connections, depending on how the equipment is designed internally and the power and other connections... it's more possible to have issues.

Most higher-end headphones, even though they're designed for unbalanced outputs and terminate in unbalanced TRS, only share ground at the jack and run two separate conductors per channel. The headphone driver itself is balanced in the sense of being some floating passive element that responds to differential inputs only, so those are already balanced in that sense without needing to go find balanced-output headphone amps.


I'm sure I'm wrong about something, as most people really don't have a handle on EMC including me.
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Since the Schiit Modi is powered by USB, it will be recognized all the time by the computer.
Simplest way is probably 3.5mm to RCA cable.

If you have your heart set on Schiit M&M combo, buy one at a time. If you think you'll change your mind while waiting to get the Modi, don't do it.

Wait, don't get the Magni if I don't plan on getting the Modi?
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I connected mine via RCA to RCA. Luckily my Creative Titanium HD has RCA, line-out, and optical outputs.
Like said, a 3.5mm to RCA cable should work just fine. You can find them pretty much anywhere that sells any type of electronics.

Thank you.
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Wait, don't get the Magni if I don't plan on getting the Modi?
Thank you.

The Magni is a standalone amp. You can get it and use it regardless of whether or not you get the Modi.
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The Magni is a standalone amp. You can get it and use it regardless of whether or not you get the Modi.

Awesome! $110 shipped I can't wait.
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