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seditious3
post Apr 25 2013, 18:35
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OK, I'm running Windows 7 with an EMU-0404 PCI sound card.

I have a coax cable from the sound card digital out to my stereo system DAC. I'd also like to listen to my computer speakers, but not at the same time.

I also have an Apple Airport Express I could incorporate, as my DAC can take wireless signals. But I think it doesn't handle lossless sound without re-encoding, and I don't use itunes.

I don't care about the quality of the computer speaker sound, but care a lot about the FLAC to my stereo. I can use the onboard sound if need be, outputting to the DAC with wasapi.

How can I do this? Thanks!
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Apesbrain
post Apr 26 2013, 01:09
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Use foobar2000 to manage your library, control playback and send signal to the output you choose. When playing to your DAC, select WASAPI/digital out; for your internal computer speaker, choose DirectSound/speakers. foobar2000 output selection is in File>Preferences>Playback>Output>Device. You can set up a keyboard shortcut to get to the Output page. Other software players may offer the same functionality, but I'm most familiar with foobar2000.

Only advantage of the Airport Express is that you can ditch the wire between your PC and DAC. The DAC would get digital data from the AE; it only has optical digital output and you need a Toslink/3.5mm adapter. Problem is that you need iTunes to serve files and iTunes does not play nice with FLAC. Xiph offers a solution but the last update was four years ago and, of course, you need to install iTunes/QuickTime.
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