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    Default USB DAC cable question

    I'm new to all this audio stuff and I just picked up a pair of new M60's. I also just ordered a HK 3480 stereo amp online. I'm just playing cds through a cd player and an old receiver my dad had lying around. I want to be able to play music from my computer through my HK 3480. This FiiO D3 DAC seems like it would be good enough for my needs, http://www.amazon.com/FiiO-Digital-A...pr_product_top. The only thing is I can't figure out what kind of cable I would need to hook it up to my computer. A usb A to B? Like this, http://www.amazon.com/Mediabridge-Hi...usb+a+b+cable? Or something else? The optical in jack looks like a different shape than the end of the usb A to B cable. I would really appreciate any help or advice! Thanks!

    I cannot figure out what cable I need for the life of me! I need one from my usb on my computer to the optical on the D3 Dac (is optical and spdif the same thing?).

    Also, does anyone have a link for a double male to male RCA cable? I can't seem to find one.
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    That link doesn't work, but I looked up the D3 DAC and it looks like it only accepts coax and optical digital inputs. In other words, it's not a USB DAC. The only output option to receiver looks like just regular stereo RCA to RCA interconnects
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragon1952 View Post
    That link doesn't work, but I looked up the D3 DAC and it looks like it only accepts coax and optical digital inputs. In other words, it's not a USB DAC. The only output option to receiver looks like just regular stereo RCA to RCA interconnects
    Yea, I'm wondering what kind of cable I would need to hook the DAC to my computer, not the output cables. Would I need one like this? http://www.amazon.com/Mediabridge-Hi...rds=usb+a+to+b

    If the link doesn't work just search "usb a to b" on amazon.

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    what dragon is saying is... that's not a USB DAC, so you don't need whatever USB cable you are looking at.

    Quote Originally Posted by dragon1952 View Post
    That link doesn't work, but I looked up the D3 DAC and it looks like it only accepts coax and optical digital inputs. In other words, it's not a USB DAC.
    You need a digital coax cable or a TOSLINK(optic) cable.

    TOSLINK ...http://new.tributariescable.com/products/5AO

    digital...http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo...Fcuf4AodBxwAjg

    and if your computer has neither one of those connections, you can either get a sound card for the computer that has the proper jack, or keep looking and get a USB DAC.
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    DAC: http://schiit.com/cart/index.php?mai...products_id=14

    The Mediabridge cable you have linked will work fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveHo View Post
    DAC: http://schiit.com/cart/index.php?mai...products_id=14

    The Mediabridge cable you have linked will work fine.
    ......meaning if you get a USB DAC ;^ )
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