Splitting line level signal - do XLR/RCA splitters cause problems?

Anil Kalagatla

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Mar 3, 2011
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My current configuration requires sending the same line level signal to both my main amp as well as my active subwoofers, and I was wondering what the simplest option is, if I were to use the signal from the same output (in my case the line level output of a DAC with volume control). I have not been able to find a definitive answer to this question, and was wondering if members on this forum have any advice to give. The gear in question is line out from Chord Dave, going to a 845 based SET (Viva Aurora) and a pair of JL Audio Gotham v2s. I know Dave has two line level outputs (RCA and XLR), which I currently use in parallel, but I wanted to explore using a single output. Also, while Dave seems to be okay with both its outputs being used at the same time (based on discussions on Head-fi), I wanted to get an answer for other DACs that don't like both balanced and SE outputs being used at the same time.

Thanks!
Anil
 

tkoslek

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I have used some custom made Audioquest XLR splitters in the past and listened critically after placing them in the system. I did not detect any loss or degradation. If you contact them directly they will make whatever level of splitters you would like!
 

Anil Kalagatla

Well-Known Member
Mar 3, 2011
14
38
418
Shoreline, WA
I have used some custom made Audioquest XLR splitters in the past and listened critically after placing them in the system. I did not detect any loss or degradation. If you contact them directly they will make whatever level of splitters you would like!
Thanks for confirming, @tkoslek. It's good to know that splitting did not impact the quality of the source, which is where I assume any potential issues would be.

Anil
 

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