How do I connect my amp to my atom?
Connect AC power adapter to rear power jack , then connect power adapter to wall outlet. Connect a cable from your audio player to the RCA or 3.5mm Input jack. Press the front INPUT button to select 3.5mm input, or depress to select RCA. Connect headphones to the front headphone output jack.
What is a DAC vs amp?
An amp, or amplifier, strengthens the signal from your source to listening device by giving it more power. A DAC converts digital signals to analog signals. Both devices, when used together, improve sound-quality and listening experience with headphones, IEMs, and speakers.
Do you need a DAC and amp?
Yes, you need both in order to hear a sound out of your headphones/speakers. The question really is, “what is more important to you?” There is no real “wrong” way to start in this hobby. I personally started out using my stone age laptop and my phone with an Audio Technica ATH-M40x, then added an amp, then added a DAC.