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Headphones: Front panel or back of the sound card?

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I was wondering, would it be better to plug a pair of headphones into the front panel connectors of a case, or through the back of the case directly into the sound card? I've heard some people say how the audio quality ends up being worse if you use the front panel as opposed to directly plugging it in, but I wasn't sure if this was true or not.

Using a HAF X with a XiFi HD, btw.
post #2 of 10
Never noticed a difference tbf HAF X front panel is pretty damn good.

It all depends on the headphones if they are chepo one's you wont notice much but if you got some nice high end ones then it might be best of plugging it in the back.

If your really worried about sound quality get a dedicated sound card tongue.gif
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I have a dedicated card, the XiFi Titanium HD. I'm also using the A700 headphones. I have the front panel connector of the HAF X hooked up to the HD, but I'm hesitant on using it since I'm not sure if the audio quality is the same/worse than just directly plugging my headphones into the card.
post #5 of 10
You could always try it and decide...

Or get USB headphones biggrin.gif
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it should all be the same, unless you have a stupid ton of EM interference in the case or youre some nit picky audiophile
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The front audio ports are connected to the onboard sound. That means the sound quality will be worse than the audio ports on a dedicated sound card most of the time. If you are asking between the front ports and the back ports on the onboard sound card, then no, there is no difference.
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To the sound card. Direct is better the front panel, your sound card can be amped then it will drive your headphones better. Front panels wont degrade sound quality if your card isnt amped. But direct connection can eliminate noise and interference.

http://us.store.creative.com/Creative-Sound-Blaster-XFi-HD-Sound/M/B004275EO4.htm

this is your soundcard im assume cause that is what you listed. Headphones directly to the sound card for this always.
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The titanium HD has a spot where you can plug your front panel audio connectors into. If you plug your front panel connectors to the sound card, then it will not matter. But if your front panel connectors are plugged into your mobo onboard then it will sound worst. Hope this helped. Its pretty obvious where the connector is on the HD, its on the top.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by lilraver018;15263767 
To the sound card. Direct is better the front panel, your sound card can be amped then it will drive your headphones better. Front panels wont degrade sound quality if your card isnt amped. But direct connection can eliminate noise and interference.

http://us.store.creative.com/Creative-Sound-Blaster-XFi-HD-Sound/M/B004275EO4.htm

this is your soundcard im assume cause that is what you listed. Headphones directly to the sound card for this always.

Close, it's this one -> http://us.store.creative.com/Creative-Sound-Blaster-XFi-Titanium-HD/M/B0041OUA38.htm
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Originally Posted by mrwalker;15263711 
The front audio ports are connected to the onboard sound. That means the sound quality will be worse than the audio ports on a dedicated sound card most of the time. If you are asking between the front ports and the back ports on the onboard sound card, then no, there is no difference.

I have the front panel audio cable for the HAF X plugged into the front panel connector on the Titanium HD, along with the onboard audio on the mobo turned off. I've tried plugging the headphones into the front panel of the case, and there are sounds coming out, so it must be working in tandem with the sound card instead of the onboard audio.
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Originally Posted by Nano5656;15263831 
The titanium HD has a spot where you can plug your front panel audio connectors into. If you plug your front panel connectors to the sound card, then it will not matter. Its pretty obvious where the connector is on the HD, its on the top.

Yep, that's exactly where I have it plugged in at. I wasn't sure if directly plugging the headphones in would still be better though, but if it's the same then I'll just continue to use the front panel. Thanks.
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