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sawdin
post Dec 23 2012, 14:58
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I am purchasing an iFi iDAC, which has one set of RCA outs. However, sometimes I will go from the iDAC to a headphone amp and other times I will go from the iDAC to an AVR. I have two choices:

1. Use two pairs of RCA cables:
A. Have one end of a pair of RCA cables hooked up to my AVR and leave them connected, and have the other end near the iDAC. When I want to go from DAC to AVR, I plug in the RCA cables that are already connected to the AVR.
B. Have one end of another pair of RCA cables hooked up to the inputs of the Headphone Amp and leave them connected, and have the other end near the iDAC. When I want to go from DAC to Headphone Amp, I plug in the RCA cables that are already connected to the Headphone Amp.
Question:
Is it okay to leave one end of the pair of RCA cables from the AVR unconnected while I am playing CD’s on my DVD player that is connected to the AVR? Will this somehow cause noise and/or other type of interference or problems?

OR

2. Use a pair of Y-Cables:
Connect a pair of “RCA Male to Two RCA Female Audio Y-Cables” to the iDAC RCA outs and run one set of RCA cables to my AVR and another set to my Headphone Amp. Benefit is that I will not be plugging and unplugging cables all the time, which might loosen the connectors or the outs on the iDAC.
Question:
Will I degrade the sound by using a Y –Audio cable, or degrade the sound enough so that I could hear the difference? I would use a decent quality Y Cable (Cable 2 Go 6in SonicWave).

Any suggestions on which option is better, or suggestions for other options, will be greatly appreciated.

TIA!
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