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I currently have a SMSL SA-98E powering 2 Definitive Technology Studio Monitor 55s connected to my desktop with a Sound Blaster ZxR sound card. The setup sounds great but sometimes I just want to listen to music using my phone. I find it a hassle unplugging the RCA cable to plug in the RCA to Aux cable. I do notice a drastic sound difference between the desktop and phone but I do not want to turn on a power hungry system to enjoy music. I am planning to purchase a Xbox One so it will also have to be connected.

If you guys have any other ideas beside replacing the Amplifier please let me know!

I do not want a receiver because of the space I have in this room. I was looking at both the SMSL Q5 along with the NAD D 3020

SMSL Q5:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA36T22A2667&cm_re=smsl_q5-_-0TH-0147-00057-_-Product

Nad D 3020:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/nad-d-3...lack/2945294.p?id=1219084100316&skuId=2945294
 

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The NAD would certainly make it easiest for phone source, with the bluetooth. And digital for the Xbox.

But you could probably get by with an analog switcher in front of your current amp for less money. And a digital to analog converter for the Xbox.
 

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I currently have a SMSL SA-98E powering 2 Definitive Technology Studio Monitor 55s connected to my desktop with a Sound Blaster ZxR sound card. The setup sounds great but sometimes I just want to listen to music using my phone. I find it a hassle unplugging the RCA cable to plug in the RCA to Aux cable. I do notice a drastic sound difference between the desktop and phone but I do not want to turn on a power hungry system to enjoy music. I am planning to purchase a Xbox One so it will also have to be connected.

If you guys have any other ideas beside replacing the Amplifier please let me know!


The Cables-to-Go Audio switch box may be all you need (and maybe an adapter cable or two, which are dirt cheap from Monoprice).

See Cables-to-Go #28750 , which is less than $20 from Amazon.

It allows you to switch between 4 different analog sources with the switch box output connected to any analog amplifier input.
 

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Sound like a classic case for the use of an audio interface.

The devices that were invented specifically to act as a two way link between your digital and analogue audio equipment.

You could do it cheaper but given the quality and price of your existing gear I'd suggest a good starting point would be to look at the Focusrite 6i6, ~$250.

It has it's own power supply so it will offer stand alone operation and plenty of powwer on tap. S/PDIF in for your Xbox, USB from your computer or tablet. Attach a BT receiver to one set of alalogue ins and you cater for phones and tablets.

http://uk.focusrite.com/usb-audio-interfaces/scarlett-6i6
http://www.aptx.com/category/receivers-transmitters

As a comparison other highly regarded interfaces around the same price point are made by MOTU, Native Instruments and Roland.
 

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