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Originally Posted by SpookedJunglist;14630179 
Your ears don't lie stick with whatever sounds the best. My front panel works fine and sounds the same compared to the back. Maybe yours pick up some interference from something in the computer case. I can imagine that running by a fan would put out a little EMI.

Just to make sure there shouldn't be any fan interference, here's what my innards look like and you see the front panel plug strung to my sound card.
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I'll definitely do some testing of my own in the future, was just curious is all.

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New question, when my speakers are powered off does this mean they are not reaching out for a signal therefore nothing's being drawn from my card? Just trying to gain a better understanding of how audio works.
Edited by meeps - 8/18/11 at 11:57am
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Originally Posted by meeps;14630626 
Just to make sure there shouldn't be any fan interference, here's what my innards look like and you see the front panel plug strung to my sound card.



I'll definitely do some testing of my own in the future, was just curious is all.

Runningnext to the unshielded power cords from your PSU may add some noise but doubt it. And you are right above that 120mm fan so EMI may be there. However I think you have a higher chance of having issues from unclean power vs running by that fan.

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New question, when my speakers are powered off does this mean they are not reaching out for a signal therefore nothing's being drawn from my card? Just trying to gain a better understanding of how audio works.

The Card always sends a signal. However I am not certain if the speaker still place a load on the sound card. One thing I was thinking of is that THD [Total Harmonic Distortion] should be affected by having more devices plugged in. Take for instance a pair of headphones that are 8 ohms along with a pair of speakers that are 8 ohm plugged up via a 3.5mm y would result in resistance of 4 ohms. The internal amp of the sound card would actually put out more signal strength than just having one thing hooked up. At the same time though it would also increase the THD a small amount. I really haven't looked that far into THD when hooking up computer sound components. I am sure there are some head fi people here who may have the topic on lockdown. Would be awesome if one of them would chime in and enlighten us. biggrin.gif

Also I never really thought much about selling them, but I have a whole bag full of Ferrite core EMI chokes that go onto cables. I bet a lot of people here on OCN wouldn't mind a good deal on them from me.
    
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