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View Full Discussion Hello, I am new to this audio amp and dacs so I need some help
I got the thx AAA 789 and heard a dac would be help full so I ordered the focusrite scarlett solo (3rd gen) because it also had an xlr input (or out put idk pls correct me) for my microphone. and I also bought a (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072C78Y57/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) so I can connect my Thx AAA 789 to my dac I connect my Headphone which is a 3.5 mm jack a (sennheiser pc37x) to be exact and I can't hear anything from my headphone can anyone help me on where I went wrong? Also I opened the sound playback panel on my computer and it seems like sound is coming about but I just can't hear it?
Did you make sure to download and install the latest focusrite drivers and select the focusrite interface as the audio output? If you wanted to be able to monitor your microphone input in real time and get your desktop audio output simultaneously, you would have to run a cable from the headphone monitor output on the front to an input on this amp. I believe the cable you linked should would work when you plug the 1/4 inch TRS end to the headphone output on the interface and then plug the XLR ends into the amp. As the scarlett interface has both a DAC and an amp, please gain stage properly between the two so you send a properly leveled audio signal to your amp from the interface and actually get the benefit of using this amp. You can also use the two line outputs on the back of the interface and route those to your amp, but you wont get real time audio monitoring of your microphone input (which may be what you want if you are using speakers as well as headphones so as to not get feedback).
However, I feel like pairing this interface with this amp is not a great idea if you are trying to achieve the great sound quality this amp provides. The focusrite scarlett interfaces all have DACs and amps built into them, as that is what is needed for a standalone interface. The amp on the scarlett interfaces is not very good. The DAC and ADC are both good for the price, but I can't help but feel like using a $300 amp with a ~$110 DAC/amp is not utilizing the THX 789 to its full potential. But you can use it however you want, just giving my 2 cents :)
Thank you I got it working! however I don't know if I am liking what I'm hearing.