How to connect CD player to speakers?

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  1. Oddidude

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    I'm planning on purchasing a new CD player to accompany my DAC and active monitors. The question I have is should I connect the CD player to my speakers directly using RCA or connect it to my DAC first via coaxial and then XLR? (my DAC also has a built in pre-amp although I might be able to save enough money to get a pre-amp if I don't have to find a CD player with a coaxial output)

    My DAC is the Cambridge Audio DACMagic Plus and my speakers are M-Audio BX5 D2. The CD player I will get is still undecided but it will probably a very cheap one.

    The reason I'm asking this is so that I can figure out whether I need a splitter to connect a CD player for CDs (obviously) AND an Apple TV for my digital music/YouTube and stuff both via TOSLINK

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    What is feeding the DAC? Is that signal coming from your computer? Other?

    Here is one simple option, an RCA Line Level Switch Box (£16). It can take up to 3 Line Level inputs and direct any one to the output.

    DAC into one switch channel, CD into the other switch channel, then select which ever one you want to use.

    AVO RCA Phono Audio Switching Unit 3 Way - Accessories - AudioVisual Online - Home Cinema and Hifi Specialists

    If your CD has a Digital Out (optical/coaxial), then that could certainly be sent to one DAC channels while your other device is connected to one of the other DAC channel. Perfectly fine. Just select which channel you want to hear on the DAC.

    Either method is fine. If there will be any improvement in the CD depends on whether the DACMagic is a higher quality DAC than the DAC internal to the CD.

    The DACMagic Plus has THREE independent channels, TWO with 1xOptical/1xCoaxial, and ONE with a single USB-PC connection. You can select between any of those channels.

    So, you really don't need any splitter or anything like that. If you have TWO digital sources, just plug them into one of the DAC channels and select the channel you want.

    It would help if we knew specifically what CD Player you were considering. We could look it up and verify that is has a Digital Audio Out. However, even if it doesn't, there is a relatively low cost way of solving that problem with a simple Line Level Switch.

    Steve/bluewizard
     
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    Thanks for the reply

    The reason I was talking about a splitter is because I already have my PS4 and PC connected to the DAC via TOSLINK using a splitter and the plan was to change it around so that my PC was connected by USB, the CD player was connected via coaxial and the PS4 and apple TV were connected to the 2nd TOSLINK port using the splitter. Sorry about the confusion with needing a second splitter, I forgot about the PC USB port. Would the PC connecting via USB instead of TOSLINK make any impact on sound quality?

    The CD player I had in mind was the Marantz CD6005, which I know has a digital out as well as an RCA out so I was wondering how much of a difference both outputs would make.
     
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    Just like there are RCA Analog Switches, there are also TOSLINK Switches. For example, here is a 3-way Optical Switch -

    https://www.audiovisualonline.co.uk/product/217/avo-optical-switching-box-3-way/

    On each channel of the DAC, you can use Optical OR Coaxial but not both. You have two Optical/Coaxial Inputs, and one USB-PC input. So, those are what you have to work with.

    You need a clear list of Input Devices you have, what outputs those device have available, and then we can consider the possibilities.

    Steve/bluewizard
     
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    Well this is strange... I was looking through a box for something and happened to stumble on the exact same TOSLINK splitter. I then came back here and saw your post and saw a link to the splitter. Spooky, eh? Anyway, I think I might just use the splitter and connect PS4, PC and Apple TV to it and use the coaxial for a CD player. My only issue is having the splitter just sitting on my desk and being in the way with the wires connecting to it. I don't really want to reach under a desk every time i want to change between inputs but I might have to live with it.
     

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