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audioalltheway
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Oct 27, 2016
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Can somebody with experience on this confirm if this can be used as an amp for a signal from phone (Spotify) and then feed a pair of Self-Amp Speakers? In other Words using it as the feed for Self-amp Speakers.  I am thinking that the sound should be great but because it says Headphones AMP I just don't know.   Any experience on this?
Thanks.
Oct 27, 2016
theonetuby
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Oct 27, 2016
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What you describe would work well was long as your speakers have their own volume control. The line out is full volume always and is unaffected by the volume setting on the dac/amp. I would recommend connecting your phone digitally with an OTG cable or as Apple calls it, a camera connection kit.
Oct 27, 2016
audioalltheway
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Oct 27, 2016
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So what you describe at the end is the right way to use it as a Pre-amp for the Speakers?  (Yes the Speakers have their own volume knobs)  Thanks Again.
Oct 27, 2016
theonetuby
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Oct 27, 2016
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Yep. The digital connection between your phone and the device will use the dac in the xduoo. If you connect your phone thru the headphone jack to the xduoo, its using the dac in your phone with its lower audio quality, and you wouldn't be taking full atvantage of this device. The dac in this is much, much better than the dac in even a nice flagship phone. For that matter, the amp in this is crazy powerful for a portable, so just know, you would be able to power 95% of ALL headphones that exist if you so need. You are most welcome, my pleasure and anytime. Good luck. Lemme know how your setup turns out soon...
Oct 27, 2016
audioalltheway
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Oct 27, 2016
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I've seen a major difference by using the Chromecast Audio to drive Self Power Speakers. It is high Quality Sampling.  Would using the output from the Chromecast Audio as an IN signal on this DAC be that much better or just over kill? Is the DAC/Preamplifier from the Chromecast any good versus this?
Sorry for the inconvenience. Thanks for your patience. Again.
Oct 27, 2016
theonetuby
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Oct 28, 2016
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My pleasure. The chromecast has a dac for analog, but when it outputs the data optically it is not converting anything. The device to which you send the digital signal (USB/optical/coaxial) is converting the digital to analog. If your speakers have a spdif input, then they have their own dac. How have you connected the chromecast?
Oct 28, 2016
audioalltheway
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Oct 28, 2016
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Just from the Analog output to a Split RCA's for Channel Distribution.  The Speakers are the JBL LSR305's which sound amazing already before the Chromecast Audio. Even more After the Chromecast Audio and that is Why I wondered if this XDuoo would be over Kill to put it between the Chromecast Audio and the JBL's 305's.  Your thoughts.....
Oct 28, 2016
theonetuby
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Oct 29, 2016
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I hate to tell you to spend money, but if it were me, I would definitely utilize the optical toslink from the chromecast to a dac then thru rcas to the speakers. Itll give a much better signal to noise ratio. more efficient power wise and has less distortion. Not to mention the audio quality itself, it'll have better soundstage and imaging within at space as well. The dac inside the chromecast can't be very good for the money. A five hundred dollar CD player sounds better than a two hundred dollar one because the dac does such a better job converting data to analog sound out the rcas. Safe to assume the dac in the chromecast is quite inferior to even a hundred dollar dac. Digital just sounds so much better, cleaner, fuller, just effortless. When I switched the connection from my computer to my stereo to optical, I only had to listen at volume level forty instead of fifty. There is definitely a great difference. But, I am a musician whom is very picky when I can be. That being said, go ahead and treat yourself to a better audio experience. There's no way way to know the difference till youve heard it. Please keep me informed and dont hesitate with questions if I'm confusing...
Oct 29, 2016
theonetuby
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Oct 29, 2016
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In my blood-sugarless rambling I didn't mention the better resolution and increased detail from a good dac is profound. There is nothing like hearing new parts and pieces of favorite old songs that you thought you knew so well.
Oct 29, 2016
audioalltheway
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Oct 31, 2016
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Wow. That would me mighty impressive to say the least. If I'm already in love at the difference by using the Chromecast Audio (Don't know if you know it or if you have played with it but it has Hi Resolution Audio setting, which is what I'm using) I can only imagine how this will sound with the Xduo Dac. Last Question. Is this Xduo better than the Focusrite Scarlett or is it something different for my purpose? I have heard about the Scarlett. Nice to have a knowledgeable person around here. Thanks theonetuby. You're clearing things up.
Oct 31, 2016
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