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Do I need anything extra in order to connect it to 3.5mm headphones?
This thing has line output which is not suitable for headphone use, you will need a headphone amp with lower output impedance and volume control to properly use it with headphones. You can connect still its output (RCA, SPDF or TOSLINK) to active speakers though, if your speakers accept such inputs, because those speakers have amplifiers built-in.
Thanks, Do you have any recommendation for an amp?
The JDS Atom has a lot of power and it's really clean too. There's also the Monoprice Liquid Spark, Both are a hundred bucks. The monoprice is made of metal while the Atom is plastic. The Atom has less Distortion and has more power than the liquid spark though.
What would happen if you connect both the SPDF to speakers and RCA to an amp and then to your headphones, will both receive signal or only one?
I dont have SPDF device or nearby optical DAC to test if it spits both digital and analog out simultaneously and I’m not at home ao sorry for being unable to answer your question.
Analogue and SPDIF run parallel so sound should come from both. I noticed no lag either so switching from headphones to speaker was seamless. I had the PC connected to D10, D10 analogue (RCA) to my amp and speakers, TOSLINK to Mojo and headphones. I take the headphones off, and the music continues on the speakers. Quite cool for first few times.
Thank you, glad they run parallel since I hate having to unplug headphones to listen to my speakers.
In-line volume slider? Or software volume control if you're using a computer?
I've often wondered about this. In most cases, headphones use a much lower output level than Line Out. On most DAPs Line Out is just HP Out at max level. Why call it an amp when it attenuates? Wouldn't an in-line volume slider work just as well? Since nobody does it maybe there's a really good reason - I just happen to not know what that happens to be. My Fiio X3ii had a HP Out and a separate adjustable Line Out (which sounded slightly different) which got me thinking...
I guess I'm just think out loud.