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I have Klipsch 2.1 speakers, and JVC HARX900 headphones. I like using the headphones for FPS gaming, but it's extremely annoying constantly changing the jack in the back from headphones to speakers every time I want to play a game. My right speaker does have a headphone and mic jack, though. I'm just wondering if it's going to make a difference in sound quality going through that instead of directly into the sound card (Fatal1ty Xtreme gamer pro)
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Try it for yourself and see how you feel about the differences.

Usually you want to use the headphone jack of your sound card when using headphones. The sound card's headphone jack should have a headphone amp in higher-end models, thus making for a richer headphone sound experience.
    
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I actually was wondering the same thing.
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Try it for yourself and see how you feel about the differences.

Usually you want to use the headphone jack of your sound card when using headphones. The sound card's headphone jack should have a headphone amp in higher-end models, thus making for a richer headphone sound experience.
Wouldn't that also translate when going through the speakers? Since the speakers are hooked into the sound card.
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Wouldn't that also translate when going through the speakers? Since the speakers are hooked into the sound card.
Speakers benefit from a preamp rather than headamp. You should pretty much never be plugging speakers into a headphone amp.

That said, if you're using a normal sound card without any amplification, and the speakers are plugged into the slot the headphone are going to go into, then you should be able to plug the headphones into the speaker and get relatively the same performance as if you plugged it into the sound card itself. Still, it's worth a try, I doubt you may notice a difference.
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If you want something to switch between the two you can look at the Mk 5
http://electronicsusa.com/mk5.html
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Beware if you have an modified sine wave UPS or square wave one. It buzzes through your speakers, and if you plug an headphone to it, if you get a blackout the LOUD NOISE will scare the hell out of you.
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Beware if you have an modified sine wave UPS or square wave one. It buzzes through your speakers, and if you plug an headphone to it, if you get a blackout the LOUD NOISE will scare the hell out of you.
I have no idea what any of that means.
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Originally Posted by fabrizziop View Post
Beware if you have an modified sine wave UPS or square wave one. It buzzes through your speakers, and if you plug an headphone to it, if you get a blackout the LOUD NOISE will scare the hell out of you.
ground looooop. Maybe something connected to your computer that's not connected to the ups?
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Just use your sound card's headphone amp for your headphones.
    
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