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Will there be a loss in Sound Quality from my STX?

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I have my STX running my ATH-M50s. And I connected my Front Panel Audio headers onto the STX's front header connecters and they work.

But, I am wondering if the sound quality will be reduced, comparing if I connected the M50s directly to the back of the STX vs connecting it to the Front Panel headers running the STX's signal.
    
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post #2 of 9
They may be reduced slightly but only extreme audiophiles may pick up the difference or if it's graphed out comparing them both. It won't be noticeable on your ATH-M50's.
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even if you aren't an audiophile i'd suggest leaving the front panel alone and connecting directly, you'll avoid any problems the front panel might have on the headphones.
post #4 of 9
No.
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even if you aren't an audiophile i'd suggest leaving the front panel alone and connecting directly, you'll avoid any problems the front panel might have on the headphones.
Well, the reason I am asking this is as the HAF-x, being a monster, makes it quite a distance for the cable to stretch from the back of the case to my ears, and feeling the tension is rather irritating tbh.
    
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It will sound different, not as good as plugging in from the back.

This is due to interference from the wires that connect the front panel headphone input to the sound card.
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I can notice the difference in sound from my front panel versus direct connection. Not an audiophile.

Test it, see what you think.
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Don't the M50s have a 10 foot cable? Wouldn't you be losing from the advantages of the headphone amplification if it's not in the headphone jack?
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post #9 of 9
The big difference here is the connectors. The STX's connectors are high quality, and will provide minimal interference. The front panel connectors are not shielded iirc and will therefore have a chance of degrading the sound. If you can do it, connect to the back panel, but if not, test out the front panel connector, because listening to it is the only sure way to tell if it is degrading audio quality.
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