Originally Posted by Jakerz
Thanks for all the info! Yeah I was thinking I was overdoing it with the Focal's, lol. So another question, I guess I didn't think about that Amp just being an Amp and not an Amp/DAC combo so yes I 100% need a DAC. I have a set of Yamaha HS5's and was looking into getting an HS8s Sub to go with them for a desktop speaker setup. Would the JDS Labs Element be a good match for that and one of the three headphones you linked? I know the HS5's have XLR and RCA connections on them and I believe you just run the outputs through the Sub and them to speakers to use the cutout built into the sub correct?
Trying to rap my head around all of this, lol
HS5 are powered grounded speakers. Personally I would recommend a DAC that uses optical input instead of USB connection, as the grounding issues can be pure cancer sometimes.
Grounded speakers are not meant to be connected to grounded PC with unbalanced connection, it pretty much always ends up with a groundloop where massive amounts of noise from the motherboard leaks to the audio channel. Using optical connection cuts the groundloop and everyone is happy, Ground Loop Isolator (GLI) or balanced connections can also be used to mend the issue. But optical is pretty much the most trustworthy method (because optical fiber doesn't transfer electricity).
Of course if the speakers are currently plugged directly to your PC and you don't have noise issues, then the stars have aligned and the grounding won't be an issue with the Element (hopefully...).
And here is the manual for HS8S/HS5
. Connection recommendation according to it: DAC-RCA-->sub-"Phone Jack" and sub-XLR-->speaker-XLR.
Also keep in mind that the RCA outputs the Element has is line-out type.
Meaning that it blasts the volume forward to the speakers in 100% (or according to the level you set in Windows) and the volume knob won't affect it at all.