Can I plug speakers with XLR inputs directly into DAC

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  1. designforge

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    Hi, this may be a newbie question, I am looking at an improved audio setup from my PC and having been looking at DACs, would it be possible to connect something like a cambridge Audio DACMAGIC Plus direct to a pair of Active speakers using the XLR output? Would this work?

    Many thanks
    Neil
     
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    Yep
    How do you intend to connect the pc to dac - spdif or usb?
    There is or was a debate which is better but i personally am neither one or the other.
    if Jitter or such like is a concern to you, I suggest to do a little research for your circumstances.

    What's the format of the files being played? Flac is best but you could have some good quality mp3 (320kbps) that may sound just as or almost as good.

    You also may find that anything that were of poor or border line quality before, most likely will sound worse on the new setup. This is not the fault of the setup but the file being exposed more by the better setup.
     
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    That's the way I run it. DAC to Subwoofer (Adam Artist Sub) via XLR, from there via XLR to the Adam Artist 3. I'd make sure you get a DAC with a volume knob like my Teac UD-301. It makes life so much easier to just grab that and tune the volume.
    Be aware the bigger 501 can't regulate the XLR outputs with the volume knob.
     
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    Yes you can, I used my M-DAC to Event Opal monitors but preferred the sound with a valve preamp in the chain.
     
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    I take it you have a volume control in the system somewhere (on the PC, in the DAC or the speakers)?
     
  6. designforge

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    Thanks guys, that's a huge help :)
     
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    @Don Dadda - connected over USB, mostly FLAC playback but some 320kbps and older 192kbps MP3 files, although they're not really played as much. Great tip for the lower quality files, thank you!
     

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