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Using a 2 Stereo to Mono RCA cables to mix two inputs into one output [closed]

TL;dr - will a Stereo to Mono RCA adapter tolerate the same channel from two different sources (Left from Device 1, Left from Device 2)? I have a bit of a weird use case that I am looking to create an ...
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so I have a USB-C DAC, can I use USBC-to-USBA adapter?

As above. The only USB-C ports I have are both thunderbolt ports but I want to use both for extra displays. Thank you.
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What amplifiers or other ICs offer fine digital volume control (0.1dB steps)?

I'm looking for a way to digitally modify the gain of an amplifier/DAC/codec in very precise intervals (0.1-0.2dB). My current process involves generating a sine wave with a DAC and then running it ...
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Can hifiberry be used as an usb sound card?

I am curious if a hifiberry (rasbery pi) can be used used as an USB sound card. For example the Schiit modi 3 dac can be used as such but it is was not clear to be if hifiberry can be used as such, ...
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How to know if studio monitors are loud enough?

I'm having trouble with my studio monitors (headphones as well). They are JBL 104s, which are pretty affordable entry level speakers. I've got a handful of headphones, typically between 32 ohm and 64 ...
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Why do we need a DSD-capable DAC to play back DSD files?

Why do we need a DSD-capable DAC to play back DSD files, rather than use CPU decoding? E.g. we don't need an mp3-compatible DAC to play back mp3 files on a PC, because the CPU handles the task of ...
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What role do the amplifier & dac play in sound imaging?

I don't know anything about audio-engineering or audio-gear...in fact I am not even sure if this is right forum for this type of question. Finally, I am not even sure if these are valid questions...I'...
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1/8" Headset to XLR

I have a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface connected to my PC. It has XLR mic input and 1/4" headphones output, while my headset has regular double 1/8" jacks. I was wondering if it's safe to ...
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Why has my amplifier different sample rates for usb and spdif?

I have an emotiva ta-100 amplifier with 96khz/24bit usb and 192khz/24bit spdif. I always assumed it uses the same dac for both, so why does it have different sample rates for each input? I could ...
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How can a single PC soundcard process multiple digital inputs to different analog devices?

How is it possible for a single PC soundcard, which I assume only have one DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) to process multiple digital inputs and route the analog outputs to different devices? For ...
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Is a cheap external DAC sufficient to connect 4x 250W powered PA speakers and an active subwoofer?

I want to set up a 4.1 surround sound "square" (5m x 5m) at the end of a long room (5m x 18m) for an art installation which will run for a few months, where participants will stand in the middle of ...
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What is gain when the input is digital and the output is analogue?

I understand that the gain of an amplifier is the ratio between its input and its output. E.g., a 6dB gain means that a 3V input gets amplified to 6V. How is the gain defined if the input is a 16-bit ...
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Whats the role of a DAC and is it totally different to a dedicated sound card?

I am watching Deadmau5 masterclass and he says you definitely need a proper DAC, and to not use the computer's builtin DAC. Whats exactly does a DAC do? Is it a separate device or can I get one in a ...
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Is analog or digitally stored audio better sounding? [closed]

I see a lot of these analog/digital wars explaining how tape or records sounds better than a DAC. Both sides argue with each other a lot so it is hard to actually know what to use. From my ...
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Converting DI signal to analog to record from an amp

My idea is to record "clean" electric guitar and electric bass signals directly my Focusrite Scarlett 6i6, going into Ableton Live. Then I can edit the signal and piece together different takes to get ...
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Is there any difference when listening to 16bit music through a DAC with more effective bits?

I have a Bifrost 2 Uber Multibit which has a AD5547CRUZ DAC (a true 16bit multibit). Both Schiit and other companies can produce DACs with an even higher number of effective bits, such as 19bit or ...
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What is the difference between DAC, Sound Card and AMP?

I am looking for a hardware to plug-in the headphones (Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO 250 Ohm). 1) What is the difference between DAC, Sound Card and AMP? I'm wondering about clear difference between these ...
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Scarlet Solo 2nd + AT2020 noise problem appears after some time

So I bought the audio equipment mentioned in the title recently and I have been having some problems with it. After some time, randomly (Today it happened two times for example) mic starts going ...
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Is the quality of a DAC related to software implementation?

I am not an audiophile. I have heard many times that hardware X has good/bad DAC. The "has" signifies that DAC is a kind of separate chip inside it. As far as I know, DAC is an algorithm to fill in ...
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DAC on a player with only HDMI and USB out

I have an nVidia Shield box which outputs only by HDMI. You can also attach a USB DAC for audio output. With no line out or anything else analog, would I be right in my belief that this box (and ...
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Latency optimization (DAC?)

My Ableton shows that I have input and output latency = 11.6ms, so in total it's 23.2 ms. I think it's too much. I'm using Focusrite Saffire 6 (usb 1.1) and I wonder if I should but sth with 2.0 usb......
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Macbook's DAC vs external / in-speaker DAC

I notice there are more and more speakers accepting digital inputs (USB / optical). I never had a chance to listen to those myself, so I wonder how would you compare sound quality of macbook's DAC ...
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Sound Card VS DAC Unit

I'm planning to upgrade the audio on my PC (my mobo currently has integrated Realtek ALC892 which doesn't sound that good) and am wondering if I would be a better idea to get a sound card (PCIE or ...
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