Hey everyone, Happy New Year and Happy Friday!
I have a quick question regarding the best way to hook the Subwoofer up to my new computer audio setup.
The setup is as follows:
Computer -> USB DAC -> Amp -> Passive Speakers
The Amp is connected to the DAC via RCA. The Amp has only speaker level output. The DAC, however, has a second minijack line out (not headphone out, actual line out). I originally planned to connect the Sub directly to the DAC via that second line out (minijack to RCA cable). My sub, however, does not have a stereo RCA line in. Only a Mono / LFE "Sub In" or speaker level inputs.
Thus my options are:
1. Standard speaker level setup as follows: Amp -> Subwoofer (set crossover) -> Speakers. This is currently my plan as it's the simplest most common setup. My only concern: will I lose significant audio quality to the speakers by running the audio through the additional sub circuitry?
2. Alternate speaker level setup. Simply hook two speaker wires to each Amp terminal. So Amp -> Subwoofer and Amp -> Speakers in parallel. The Sub is powered so there shouldn't be an impedance issue. Positive is the speakers are now direct to amp. Negative is a messy setup, difficult with good wire. Also the speakers will get full range audio which could be a Pro or a Con.
3. Buy a stereo -> mono downmixer. DAC stereo line out -> downmixer -> Sub In. Negative is additional expense, and how well this will actually work.
Thoughts on this? Right now I am planning on option 1 as the Sub is of decent quality so there *shouldn't* be a significant hit on audio quality. That said... I'd love some more "expert" opinions
Here are the exact components:
DAC: iBasso D7
Amp: Dayton DTA-100a
Speakers: Audioengine P4
Subwoofer: BIC V1020