PC Peripherals How do I get a external interface or extension that allows me to switch/swap connections from the mobo


pguy

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I have a decent mobo with good audio and also a tube amp. How do I get my mobo connections to my desktop, so that I can switch/swap headphones easily from my top of my table? Is there a device that would allow me to select running my tube amp + DAC and/or the mobo audio (switch kind of).
 

BluDev

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can you rephrase your question
do you want to connect yuor mobo to the amp and also mobo to headphone and then switch between the two ?
Can you share you mobo model ?
 

CyberGhost

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can you rephrase your question
do you want to connect yuor mobo to the amp and also mobo to headphone and then switch between the two ?
Can you share you mobo model ?
TLDR he has one pair of headphones and 2 output sources and he wants to switch between both source without having to manually plug/unplug the cables
I have a decent mobo with good audio and also a tube amp. How do I get my mobo connections to my desktop, so that I can switch/swap headphones easily from my top of my table? Is there a device that would allow me to select running my tube amp + DAC and/or the mobo audio (switch kind of).
what you can do is maybe buy a 1-2 audio splitter kinda thingy and plug your HP's on the single-1 side then discretely plug your outputs on the other 2 sides
 

superczar

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I have a decent mobo with good audio and also a tube amp. How do I get my mobo connections to my desktop, so that I can switch/swap headphones easily from my top of my table? Is there a device that would allow me to select running my tube amp + DAC and/or the mobo audio (switch kind of).
Not sure if I am missing something but Switch via the OS ?
windows will let you select your output device if you click on the speaker icon or OS X will let you do the same with option+click

Select DAC for external speakers or built-in to activate the headphones..
 

BluDev

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Exactly what I was thinking, I have my mobo connected to multiple outs, one optical, one hdmi, one Bluetooth
I switch between the audio out choices by clicking in speaker and choosing which out I want, (windows 10)
 

calvin1719

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Not sure if I am missing something but Switch via the OS ?
I think they're saying that their cabinet sits below desk level, and it's inconvenient to unplug/plug the headphones repeatedly. They want to be able to plug the headphones into the PC output or the amp output with ease.

I think the splitter mentioned would do the job, but I'm not sure if it would affect sound quality because most of these are cheap chinese ones.
 

pguy

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I think they're saying that their cabinet sits below desk level, and it's inconvenient to unplug/plug the headphones repeatedly. They want to be able to plug the headphones into the PC output or the amp output with ease.

I think the splitter mentioned would do the job, but I'm not sure if it would affect sound quality because most of these are cheap chinese ones.
Yes, this is it. I guess, I am bit too old to keep the nice and shiny box on top. So since the desktop is below and the outputs are behind the motherboard - it is a challenge to swap headsets. Secondly - on the desk I have a DAC + AMP as well that I use once in a while (this does not have a recording interface, so only for listening to music)

Add to this I have a few headsets some wired, some wireless, some with mics and some without em.

I was hoping there was a solution to move all cabling to the desk level to some kind of device that would allow me to choose to between dac + amp or mobo or just plain work as a high quality cable extender and I swap at the OS level
 

superczar

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Yes, this is it. I guess, I am bit too old to keep the nice and shiny box on top. So since the desktop is below and the outputs are behind the motherboard - it is a challenge to swap headsets. Secondly - on the desk I have a DAC + AMP as well that I use once in a while (this does not have a recording interface, so only for listening to music)

Add to this I have a few headsets some wired, some wireless, some with mics and some without em.

I was hoping there was a solution to move all cabling to the desk level to some kind of device that would allow me to choose to between dac + amp or mobo or just plain work as a high quality cable extender and I swap at the OS level
swapping headsets at an output level is not something I would do or recommend.
Considering you already have a DAC to drive your headphones, may not even be worthwhile to use the mono audio out for your HPs.

Having said that, if you must do it, passive speaker and /or headset selector boxes should be available on the market
There would have been plenty of Aliex but that is not an option any more unfortunately.
It's a simple enough device for you to be able to build your own using a DPDT switch and a few 3.5mm female sockets and a box
 

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