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I currently have a 2.1 speaker system and just got the Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphone and want to get the Asus Xonar DGX. My question is would there be anyway that I can have the speaker line-out and headphone jack plugged in without having to get to the back of the desktop to plug in and out when I want to switch between speaker and headphone? And I don't want to lose sound quality as well, is there any method?

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You can get a Y splitter from Radio Shack. I have one and it works like a charm. When I don't want to run speakers I turn the speakers off and just use headphones. If you get a splitter make sure it is balanced in/out or you will be listening in mono!
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You can get a Y splitter from Radio Shack. I have one and it works like a charm. When I don't want to run speakers I turn the speakers off and just use headphones. If you get a splitter make sure it is balanced in/out or you will be listening in mono!

would the sound quality be affected in any way?
post #4 of 15
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I currently have a 2.1 speaker system and just got the Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphone and want to get the Asus Xonar DGX. My question is would there be anyway that I can have the speaker line-out and headphone jack plugged in without having to get to the back of the desktop to plug in and out when I want to switch between speaker and headphone? And I don't want to lose sound quality as well, is there any method?

Thanks

Ehhhh

That is a question that is better left until after you get your speakers.

A general guideline would be that if you are spending less than 200 bucks, then you will need some type of switch

If you are spending 200 or more, then chances are you will have a receiver or some console to plug headphones in anyways.
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Ehhhh

That is a question that is better left until after you get your speakers.

A general guideline would be that if you are spending less than 200 bucks, then you will need some type of switch

If you are spending 200 or more, then chances are you will have a receiver or some console to plug headphones in anyways.

and generally speaking, would the switcher cause any sound quality loss of any sort? or there isn't any noticeable negative effect?
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and generally speaking, would the switcher cause any sound quality loss of any sort? or there isn't any noticeable negative effect?

It depends on the switcher.

Like anything else in the world, if you buy cheap junk with "made in china" labels all over it, then yeah it will probably make everything sound like crap.

I don't know who makes a good one though. I have either made them myself or I have used a receiver.
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To my ears - and I'm kind of picky this way - there is no sound QUALITY drop off, but you are splitting one signal into two so it does lower the overall VOLUME of the sound, but that is easily compensated for by turning the volume up.
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To my ears - and I'm kind of picky this way - there is no sound QUALITY drop off, but you are splitting one signal into two so it does lower the overall VOLUME of the sound, but that is easily compensated for by turning the volume up.

So a Y-splitter will most likely not affect the sound quality but just reduces the volume right? and seems like it is easier to buy a y-splitter than the switcher
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Yes, this is all true.
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Yes, this is all true.

Sorry but I have one last question, if I use the y-splitter for speaker and headphone, when I use the headphone, I can simply power off my speaker, but if I use my speaker, wouldn't that mean the headphone will continue to play? is there anyway I can turn off the headphone while I use the speaker?
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