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  • You-can-call-me-kal 24 May 2019 11:37:25 16,067 posts
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    Need some help.

    I'm trying to connect a turntable to two different amps at the same time - one normal amp connected to speakers, and the other a specific headphone amp.

    I need some sort of RCA '1 in 2 out' splitter cable or (more likely) box that will allow me to do this. Obviously I want to avoid any sound degradation etc. And I'd prefer not to spend an absolute fortune.

    Something like this would appear to do the job, but looks a bit shit, and I'd probably prefer not to have something with its own volume control as I'd like the two amps to take care of that:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nobsound-Switcher-Passive-Selector-Splitter-Yellow/dp/B0787X4J4V/ref=pd_sbs_107_30?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07C9MZPDL&pd_rd_r=8129f077-7e0b-11e9-9ff2-d5fd6dee570d&pd_rd_w=LhkQ2&pd_rd_wg=H11St&pf_rd_p=18edf98b-139a-41ee-bb40-d725dd59d1d3&pf_rd_r=2MJWNGYXNCM96FAFVMQW&refRID=2MJWNGYXNCM96FAFVMQW&th=1

    This one looks a bit more proper, but the comments are getting into technicalities I have to admit I don't understand and that makes me worry this isn't for the job I want:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nobsound-Splitter-Switcher-Selector-Passive-1-4-OUT/dp/B077R31NYF/ref=pd_rhf_se_s_cr_simh_0_3/261-1146748-8930844?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0784JX7KF&pd_rd_r=4746afe1-ef75-4beb-b7a9-c20735590150&pd_rd_w=SpH7K&pd_rd_wg=qB3Jq&pf_rd_p=cd656a79-125c-4ac8-931f-bdf9f90841fb&pf_rd_r=B8QX27WEQWFB9HZRGEN1&refRID=B8QX27WEQWFB9HZRGEN1&th=1

    Edited by You-can-call-me-kal at 11:37:53 24-05-2019
  • Armoured_Bear 24 May 2019 11:52:31 26,859 posts
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    @You-can-call-me-kal

    Unless I'm missing something, wouldn't it be better to connect turntable to amp and connect amp (using Pre-Outs) to Headphone Amp?
  • You-can-call-me-kal 24 May 2019 11:57:36 16,067 posts
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    Armoured_Bear wrote:
    @You-can-call-me-kal

    Unless I'm missing something, wouldn't it be better to connect turntable to amp and connect amp (using Pre-Outs) to Headphone Amp?
    No option to do that. The only out on the amp is speaker terminals and a subwoofer output.
  • Armoured_Bear 24 May 2019 12:00:33 26,859 posts
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    You-can-call-me-kal wrote:
    Armoured_Bear wrote:
    @You-can-call-me-kal

    Unless I'm missing something, wouldn't it be better to connect turntable to amp and connect amp (using Pre-Outs) to Headphone Amp?
    No option to do that. The only out on the amp is speaker terminals and a subwoofer output.
    Pity there's no tape output or anything.
    Which amps are you using?
  • You-can-call-me-kal 24 May 2019 12:07:43 16,067 posts
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    Nevermind.
  • Armoured_Bear 24 May 2019 12:17:58 26,859 posts
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    You-can-call-me-kal wrote:
    Nevermind.
    I'm just curious about which gear you use..
  • gamingdave 24 May 2019 13:32:28 4,802 posts
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    Don't think there is any need for anything more than a couple of these

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Arena-Single-Female-Double-Splitter/dp/B005M1LW6S/ref=sr_1_5?crid=J257V1SH27T6&keywords=phono+splitter+female+to+female&qid=1558699885&s=gateway&sprefix=phono+splitter+femal%2Caps%2C120&sr=8-5
  • Your-Mother 29 May 2019 15:52:59 2,810 posts
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    Anyone got any advice for receiver and speaker combos? Need to upgrade my budget Samsung soundbar + rear speakers into something a bit meatier and modern, but I've no idea what to look for. Budget of around $1.5-2k (around 1.5k GBP), but I'm happy to put that towards just 3.0 for now and build up to more (9.1.2 or even 11.2.6 over time) gradually - I have a really weird room layout (open plan L shape with different height ceilings) which may make more speakers difficult without running cables behind walls (especially for Atmos). The only place I have to actually go and experience things myself is a shitty Best Buy which has almost no stock, and even they tried to talk me out of a sale to upscale an 8k TV claiming newer standards will make current receivers obsolete around July, which seems like arse to me.

    The go-to speaker around here seems to be Klipsch, but receiver recommendations seem to be all over the place as far as brands go.

    Mostly going to be used for home theatre + gaming, but occasional music too. Any pointers in the right direction gratefully received.
  • nickthegun 29 May 2019 16:01:43 78,075 posts
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    https://www.richersounds.com/wireless-streaming-multiroom/sonos/sonos-beam-sub-one-x2.html


    BUDGET: ACHIEVED

    Edited by nickthegun at 16:02:27 29-05-2019
  • Your-Mother 29 May 2019 16:08:39 2,810 posts
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    Well look at that. nick knocks it out the park on the first try. Or scores a football point. Or some other sports metaphor.

    What's the tangible difference between the Beam, Playbar and Playbase? I see different packages over here.
  • nickthegun 29 May 2019 17:24:01 78,075 posts
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    The beam is newer and has voice assistants baked in, has HDMI ARC and is made for a medium sized room.

    The playbar and the playbase use the same, non-smart tech but are more beefy soundwise. The difference is the form factor (which, apparently, makes the base more... bass heavy).
  • Technoishmatt 29 May 2019 22:14:03 3,437 posts
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    I have the sonos beam attached to my TV wall mount so it follows the TV. It is very decent, bass is fine, definitely at the price for the beam on its own.

    If you go for that package you would get a subwoofer which would make up any bass difference.

    Although for that price you can get one of the atmos soundbar sets, eg Samsung Q90R, which I think would blow away the sonos set.
  • Technoishmatt 29 May 2019 22:19:17 3,437 posts
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    If you want to start to invest in proper speakers :p, but also dont want to faff with wires, you could check out the Denon Heos line. I believe there a few brands that have compatible wireless speakers.
  • Your-Mother 4 Jun 2019 23:12:32 2,810 posts
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    Iím sure youíll be thrilled to hear the update, but I found a really good offer on the Samsung N850 Atmos soundbar so went with that. Turns out my living room is absolutely perfectly designed for bouncing Atmos off the ceiling and walls.

    I tested it out with the 4K bd of Saving Private Ryan and nearly shit myself in the Omaha Beach scene.

    I did strongly consider the Sonos but realised the room is also not very well designed for physical rear speaker placement in general, and I didnít feel like rearranging the whole room.

    Edited by Your-Mother at 23:14:26 04-06-2019

    Edited by Your-Mother at 23:14:45 04-06-2019
  • greg_wha 5 Jun 2019 08:48:26 1,307 posts
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    How is your lounge perfectly designed for bouncing Atmos off the ceiling and walls? What is the criteria for judging this?
  • Your-Mother 5 Jun 2019 15:17:18 2,810 posts
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    The viewing area is effectively an oversized niche in an open plan layout, so the walls and ceiling are more solid and lower than the rest of the house. If the ceiling was higher or the walls regular drywall it would dampen the effect somewhat. At least thatís what Iíve been told, could be a load of bunk. The Atmos test stuff Iíve run through it sounds absolutely incredible though, positional sound is working perfectly so itís doing its thing.
  • greg_wha 5 Jun 2019 17:51:23 1,307 posts
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    Ah, I see. Iím looking for a new audio setup in a cellar with stone walls and 6 and a half foot ceiling so Iíll have to look into that.
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