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Originally Posted by ComradeNF View Post
But if I connect my headphones to the front then won't they play from onboard sound?
No, you plug the front panel connector to whatever sound card you get.
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Won't ruin a thing. You could use both at the same time (they will have the same sound coming out), and not have a single problem.

I only said to make sure your speakers are off when using your headphones, so you don't make anybody around you angry from your speakers.
Alright fantastic, thanks very much for the help .
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Won't ruin a thing. You could use both at the same time (they will have the same sound coming out), and not have a single problem.

I only said to make sure your speakers are off when using your headphones, so you don't make anybody around you angry from your speakers.
I think from an engineering standpoint, just because you're turning off the output from the speakers doesn't mean current is not flowing to the speakers. Leakage current will still be present depending on how much impedance your speakers have in an off-state. You're still losing power that could be provided directly to the headphones.

Turning speakers off is really the cheap way out (or you can say it's a bandaid). What would really work well in this situation is a switch, something that you can find on almost all Xonar sound cards.
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I think from an engineering standpoint, just because you're turning off the output from the speakers doesn't mean current is not flowing to the speakers. Leakage current will still be present depending on how much impedance your speakers have in an off-state. You're still losing power that could be provided directly to the headphones.

Turning speakers off is really the cheap way out (or you can say it's a bandaid). What would really work well in this situation is a switch, something that you can find on almost all Xonar sound cards.
I never went into an engineering standpoint, did I? I said it'll work just fine, which it will. The only problem is that when you're using your headphones (assuming both are always plugged in), if you forget to turn off the speakers, it can make people around you angry.

I understand that a Y splitter is exactly that. A splitter. It's splitting the signal two ways. No matter how you look at it, you're losing half the signal.

However, its not really a PROBLEM with just speakers and headphones (at least not from my experience).
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I never went into an engineering standpoint, did I? I said it'll work just fine, which it will. The only problem is that when you're using your headphones (assuming both are always plugged in), if you forget to turn off the speakers, it can make people around you angry.

I understand that a Y splitter is exactly that. A splitter. It's splitting the signal two ways. No matter how you look at it, you're losing half the signal.

However, its not really a PROBLEM with just speakers and headphones (at least not from my experience).
Sigh. I'm just pointing out the obvious. It's something that comes with graduating from electrical engineering.

It's not that you're losing half the signal because the voltage provided to both headphone and speakers will be the same. It's the current that will be different. Portions of the current that is flowing from the sound card will be lost to the speaker path instead of having all current flow to the headphones. Hence, you get a reduction of maximum power transfer.

Granted, if you have a proper speaker system that has something like 3 megaohms of impedance in the off state, the headphones should still be getting almost all of the power and the power loss is negligible. It's a bit more troubling when you have speaker systems that have a 500 ohm off-state because that could start impacting the volume of and power delivery to your headphones.
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I never went into an engineering standpoint, did I? I said it'll work just fine, which it will. The only problem is that when you're using your headphones (assuming both are always plugged in), if you forget to turn off the speakers, it can make people around you angry.

I understand that a Y splitter is exactly that. A splitter. It's splitting the signal two ways. No matter how you look at it, you're losing half the signal.

However, its not really a PROBLEM with just speakers and headphones (at least not from my experience).
Btw, could you recommend a 3.5mm Y splitter? All the ones on Amazon say that it degrades sound quality.

Is that true? Will it degrade my sound quality if I use such a thing? Can't I just plug the headset into one port on the sound card and the speakers to another?
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Btw, could you recommend a 3.5mm Y splitter? All the ones on Amazon say that it degrades sound quality.

Is that true? Will it degrade my sound quality if I use such a thing? Can't I just plug the headset into one port on the sound card and the speakers to another?
I didn't think about that.

I know onboard can do it. Not honestly sure about a dedicated card, as I haven't gotten around to picking one up yet (I owe my rig a Xonar ).

It wouldn't really hurt to try I suppose. Worst comes to worst, you need a splitter. Best case scenario, your above idea works.

I would say use the green for the headphones, and blue (normally line in) for the speakers. The speakers are amped, the headphones are not.
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my stx can do it, (dunno other card) both at back panel ....(speaker 2.1 / stereo)
but u gotta switch it wich u want to use...

previous i use prelude, headphone front panel, speaker back panel, both of them could sounding together....
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