How are you controlling volume at the moment? PC software volume control?
This might fit the bill CLICKY. £100 HERE.
That looks good.
Mac mini > AVI ADM9Ts
Volume control can be handled by this stylish little thing, which is what I used:
Again, a nice looking solution.
I control volume on my computer (the driver being Arcam rDAC of course) - and my keypad has volume + and - on it. Not very snazzy but does the job.
You say ''It is also possible that you might get sound quality degradation by keeping the volume control in the digital realm'' - would that be the case even thought I am controlling audio on the DAC driver on my PC?? Would te volume control here not be analogue if its the DAC driver?
Also worth noting the Arcam DAC doesnt have phono output, just single coaxial, USB and optical. I wanna hook it up to my TV but tv doesnt have digitaal input, just standard auxillery and some RCA. I suppose I'll have to get single-coaxial > phono/aux converted?
Re: Digital volume control. try that link.
What is it that you want to achieve with your TV?
I want to hear my TV through my speakers!
Why can you not connect the TV via optical output to the rDAC?
The two RCA connectors are analogue phono outputs that presumably go to your sub.
The three other adjacent connections (inputs) are digital co-axial, optical and USB respectively. If your Pc is connected to the USB, that leaves the co-axial and optical as inputs for two additional sources.
My TV doesn't have a digital or doaxial input - just AUX and RCA L&R.
You need outputs if you are to connect to your DAC, or doesn't it have digital outputs either?
just rca and aux outputs
OK. In that case, you need a preamp to combine your DAC and TV inputs. This could be in the form of a standalone preamp or a DAC/Preamp combination.
Audio interfaces would work and you could possibly dispense with the rDAC if you found the performance satisfactory.
Have a look at THIS. It would potentially replace you rDAC and enable you to connect your TV to your monitors, which I presume are connected via RCA to XLR cables?
There are many options for this type of equipment and at varying prices, from hifi to pro audio. The end result is that you will need to be able to combine inputs and be able to control the volume, in addition, you might want to incorporate a DAC. I think that you would be suprised at the quality of the little Roland in the link.
Ok cool.A quick query - If I were running my speakers > SUB > dac > comp, but had the sub at volume 0 (only turned up when watching films), would it be degrading to the sound quality of my music with the sub in the chain and not in use?
It would be best to check your manual for the sub, but the outputs will either completely bypass the sub circuitry, or be fed only what is not filtered out. If this is the case, then your speakers will have more headroom, as they won't have to work so hard with the lower frequencies. With the sub 'Off' you might get an automatic full frequency bypass, best to check.
On the back of the BM5As there are frequency cutoff switches which you can use to cut out frequencies lower than the switch setting, this is used when you integrate the sub into the system.
I bought a cheap volume controller: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/img-stage-line-ila100-rca-passive-stereo-...So I've got Computer > DAC > Volume > Sub > Speakers. Is that getting too busy? Will that big chain adversely effect sound quality you thinks?
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