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Skyline
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Wanting to expand: Headphone -> Speakers

So, my current setup runs like this:

Laptop --> USB --> HRT Music Streamer II --> Schiit Asgard ---> Beyerdynamic DT880/1350.

I would like to make my office sound setup a little more versatile and am looking for suggestions.  Things I'd like to add:

1)  Turntable - very interestedin the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon

2)  Amp - this is where I need serious suggestions.  Something small, but versatile.  Would the Emotiva mini-X work?

3)  Bookshelf Speakers - Music Hall Marimbas?  I'm looking for something on the affordable side.

I suppose, what I need the most help with, is how to set all of this up in the most efficient way possible.  It would be nice to have the versatility to listen to my turntable or computer via my Asgard/headphone combo or via the speakers without having to switch cables.  Would I need an amp with multiple RCA out and in? 

Any input would be very much appreciated.

Thanks!

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Well, you know the Asgard only has one input and one

headphone jack? This makes it difficult to satisfy your not having to switch cables. You will also need a phono preamplifier to boost the signal from the turntable to line level and apply RIAA equalization. You could try to get an integrated amp with good phono and headphone sections and sell the Asgard.

The Andrew Jones designed Pioneer SP-BS41-LR bookshelf speakers are overachievers and are only $166/pair.

http://www.stereophile.com/content/pioneer-sp-bs41-lr-loudspeaker

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Thanks...
jackfish wrote:

headphone jack? This makes it difficult to satisfy your not having to switch cables. You will also need a phono preamplifier to boost the signal from the turntable to line level and apply RIAA equalization. You could try to get an integrated amp with good phono and headphone sections and sell the Asgard.

The Andrew Jones designed Pioneer SP-BS41-LR bookshelf speakers are overachievers and are only $166/pair.

http://www.stereophile.com/content/pioneer-sp-bs41-lr-loudspeaker

Difficult indeed.  My original thought was to just switch cables around as needed:  Turntable to Asgard with headphones and Turntable to speaker amp when not.  Then, even more cable switching would be involved when I wanted to listen to music off my computer.

If I could find a good integrated solution, then I wouldn't be opposed to it.  I really am in love with how my headphones jive with the Asgard, though, so it'd have to be something with a high-quality headphone out.

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Here is some discussion about that...

http://www.head-fi.org/t/567608/integrated-amplifiers-and-preamplifier-with-good-great-or-excellent-headphones-output-contribute-to-a-list-of-amps

The Anthem 225 Integrated has a good headphone section, but its probably more amp than you want. I would think there has to be a Chinese tube amp with a good headphone section. If you got efficient speakers you could even get one of those low watt jobs.

The Maverick Audio TubeMagic A1 is a possibility too, two inputs. http://www.mav-audio.com/base/product/tube_magic_a1

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