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How to connect a DAC in between PC and speakers

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Yeah you use RCA to 3.5mm if your DAC outputs RCA.

Every DAC is different.

 

Also why would you need a dac for such cheap speakers?

Just use your motherboard audio if it works.

Pardon me, I'm not too familiar with the DAC or what cables are used to connect them to powered speakers. I have the Klipsch 2.1 ProMedia speakers. However, this speakers only have a 3.5mm jack.Considering a DAC has a 3.5mm headphone OUT, I suppose we don't use this right? I assume I have to get an RCA to 3.5mm connector since the DAC has RCA ports.

 

Also, if someone can recommend a good DAC under $100, that would be good.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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Yeah you use RCA to 3.5mm if your DAC outputs RCA.

Every DAC is different.

 

Also why would you need a dac for such cheap speakers?

Just use your motherboard audio if it works.

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9 minutes ago, Enderman said:

Yeah you use RCA to 3.5mm if your DAC outputs RCA.

Every DAC is different.

 

Also why would you need a dac for such cheap speakers?

Just use your motherboard audio if it works.

I read reviews of people with the Klipsch speakers using a DAC reported better sound and overall quality. But then again I'm not too sure.

 

Also, this might be a dumb question but you cannot use headphone outputs on the DAC for the speaker right? I assume 3.5mm for headphones is totally different?

 

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I use headphone out from a Focusrite to studio monitors...works just fine, I am sure it would be better with RCA, but I have had issues getting cabling to work due to my own ineptitude and the problems of ordering online.

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7 hours ago, henias said:

I read reviews of people with the Klipsch speakers using a DAC reported better sound and overall quality. But then again I'm not too sure.

 

Also, this might be a dumb question but you cannot use headphone outputs on the DAC for the speaker right? I assume 3.5mm for headphones is totally different?

 

You can, it's just not the main DAC output so it's kinda pointless if you're not using the DAC properly.

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