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Connecting speakers to HDMI monitor vs motherboard sound port

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So I'm trying to avoid using the front panel audio port if possible, since it is generally inconvenient given my set up. Currently I'm using onboard sound, and I've got my Sennheiser HD 280 Pros connected to my motherboard's 3.5mm sound port and my speakers connected to my monitor's sound port (it's connected via HDMI). At the moment it doesn't really matter, since the speakers I'm currently using are pretty crappy, but I'm thinking about getting some new, higher quality speakers, and I was wondering how the sound via the monitor's output stacks up against connecting them directly to the motherboard.

 

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do motherboard you wont lose a lot of quality but it would be noticeable. your computer has to initially transfer sound to hdmi and you monitor receives it then your monitor must transfer sounds to the speakers but your monitor doesnt have the same type of sound processing your computer does so the sounds come out less fine tuned and you lose quality. mobo direct port there is no loss of quality
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Makes sense. I just wish my motherboard had more than one 3.5mm port, as it will be annoying to have to keep switching between headphones and speakers. As I mentioned, with my current set up, the front panel audio ports are inconvenient to use. Oh well, thanks for the help. Looks like I'll be holding off on getting new speakers for the time being.

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