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Does it make difference connecting headset to front panel or back (Creative sound card)

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Hey guys!

I have the Titanium 7.1 card.
and was wondering if makes a difference between connecting my headset to the front panel or directly to the card at the back?
(The front panel is connected to the card)

Thanks.
post #2 of 8
It is preferred to connect it to the back. That way you have less chance of interference from the audio cable passing by all the parts in your case.
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It is preferred to connect it to the back. That way you have less chance of interference from the audio cable passing by all the parts in your case.

Is there a quality loss ?
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I don't notice any distortion or quality loss out of my front panel, I was just saying what is recommended by audiophiles. (of which I am not one)
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post #5 of 8
If the problem was to be interference just switch the inner cable to a shielded one.
But i've never had that occur to me unless the actual out jack was screwed, so go ahead and use the front jack, no problem.
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Is the front panel part of the case or is it something separate that came with the card? (Some cards come with a separate front panel)

If it came with the case, chances are that the wires are not shielded in any way, thus increasing the chance that you will pick up interference during the run between the jack and your sound card. It may not be noticeable on some headphones, but others may show it very clearly. I know that my cheap headset had no issues with the front panel jacks, but as soon as I switched to a higher quality set of headphones the interference was very pronounced, and no amount of cable routing would reduce it.

Going out of the back of the card itself eliminated it. I'm certain that it's a result of poor shielding on the wires and a poor quality jack in the case itself.

If you can, go out of the card itself. Much less chance for electrical noise to be introduced into the sound signal.
post #7 of 8
I will "echo" what everyone else said... Using the front panel will cause the sound to be subjected to substantial amounts of EMI/RFI noise that CAN cause a higher noise floor, buzzing (sounds similar to a ground loop), clipping, and other very undesirable things.

I am actually going to be experimenting with making my own wiring from my sound card to the case front panel audio port, using various types of wire and sleeve, and I'll likely post a thread on it once I get started smile.gif
   
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post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by nleksan View Post

I will "echo" what everyone else said... Using the front panel will cause the sound to be subjected to substantial amounts of EMI/RFI noise that CAN cause a higher noise floor, buzzing (sounds similar to a ground loop), clipping, and other very undesirable things.

I am actually going to be experimenting with making my own wiring from my sound card to the case front panel audio port, using various types of wire and sleeve, and I'll likely post a thread on it once I get started smile.gif

If you're going to do that, and you have an open bay with a blank over it, you might want to consider putting your own jacks in as well. For a couple of bucks you can grab some barrel type panel mount jacks that will very likely be higher quality than whatever came with your case.
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