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What If want add my LP player to a pure digital setup.

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I know it may not make too much sense but bear with me a little.

So, I have:

* RME ADI-2 DAC preamp/DAC (3 digital inputs, toslink, coaxial, usb) (2 analog outputs, XLR and RCA)
* Behringer a800 amp (until I am richer) - xlr in
* SB-1000 subwoofer - rca in
* Pi with picoreplayer - toslink
* CD-player - coaxial

Now... I have a rega LP player with its own Rega Fono Mini A2D and I want to add it to this purely digital setup somehow without spending a large sum.

What would you guys do? Is it worth it?

I'm not sure how to proceed here and not sure if I can do something without degrading the analog signal significantly.

Thanks in advance
 

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Connect both Rega Mini Fono and RME DAC to a PC via USB. Run free audacity in record mode, record from Rega while playing to RME. Should work.

Edit: this may work on the Pi as well, if no GUI then possibly with command line tools.
 
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Connect both Rega Mini Fono and RME DAC to a PC via USB. Run free audacity in record mode, record from Rega while playing to RME. Should work.
Uhh, very smart! Didn't even remember the usb out of the Rega Fono Mini A2D :facepalm:

Great!!
 

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I know it may not make too much sense but bear with me a little.

So, I have:

* RME ADI-2 DAC preamp/DAC (3 digital inputs, toslink, coaxial, usb) (2 analog outputs, XLR and RCA)
* Behringer a800 amp (until I am richer) - xlr in
* SB-1000 subwoofer - rca in
* Pi with picoreplayer - toslink
* CD-player - coaxial

Now... I have a rega LP player with its own Rega Fono Mini A2D and I want to add it to this purely digital setup somehow without spending a large sum.

What would you guys do? Is it worth it?

I'm not sure how to proceed here and not sure if I can do something without degrading the analog signal significantly.

Thanks in advance
I run my TT through a USB ADC to a PC then use Foobar2000 to play it like all my digital sources using the "recorder" plug in for Foobar. It works great and there is no sound degradation.... just lots of added flexibility and of course the ability to make "needle drops".

In your case it seems like you could just plug the Fono Mini A2D into the USB input on your pre-amp and be good. Might be missing something as I have never tried it.
 
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@levimax thing is usb in the dac is used by the PC.

The thing I want is a permanent not constantly changing cable option, the option Ltig mentions is great, but I need to use my computer to play the TT, so I am still open to ideas although not sure if there are many.
 

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The "Puffin Phono Pre-amp" is available with optical or coax output.... it would work and has a ton of features but is a little expensive and duplicates your Phono mini A2D in many ways http://parksaudiollc.com/ . Is your A2D stand alone or built it? If stand alone you could probably sell it and put the money toward the Puffin.
 

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@levimax both the Fono and the RME are USB devices - neither is a USB host - so you can't just connect them like that.

@ezra_s If you're using LMS on the Pi you should be able to use the WaveInput plugin with the Fono
 
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@levimax both the Fono and the RME are USB devices - neither is a USB host - so you can't just connect them like that.

@ezra_s If you're using LMS on the Pi you should be able to use the WaveInput plugin with the Fono
Great catch too, I will definetly try this, that way I don't have to turn on the PC!

Seeing as I am go spend as little as possible right now I will try the cable route first, The puffin and the art usb phono plus seem like interesting devices but maybe for other time.

Thanks for the feedback guys, I have a couple of things I can try.
 
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Just add a Little Bear MC2 between the RME / Phono pre-amp and Amp.
There is a switch to choose between the two inputs (RME on XLR, phono pre-amp on RCA for instance) and a volume knob.
35$
 
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I use a Project Ephono box optical (if I remember the name correctly). It is a phono preamp with adc and optical output.
 
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