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post #11 of 17
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I believe if you use the front 3.5mm port, you don't receive any benefit from the headphone amplifier that the Xonar DG has.

It absolutely does. Just looked in the manual, looks like the front header and the heaphone jack in the back both use the amp. I was thinking I remember having to use the front header for the amp, guess not.
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OP also wants to keep both plugged in at all times, and not have to remove them ever (not sure if that's the case for you).

That makes sense I suppose. I have hooks on my wall next to my PC that my headphones hang on, so it's easy and convenient to plug mine in when I want. Also helps that I have like 5 different headphones I use.
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post #12 of 17
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It absolutely does. Just looked in the manual, looks like the front header and the heaphone jack in the back both use the amp. I was thinking I remember having to use the front header for the amp, guess not.
That makes sense I suppose. I have hooks on my wall next to my PC that my headphones hang on, so it's easy and convenient to plug mine in when I want. Also helps that I have like 5 different headphones I use.

Are you quite sure? I can't seem to find any now, but I feel like I've read a few posts stating that the front 3.5mm jack either is lower quality because the amp is not powering the device.

The front jack is passed through the HD audio cable, right? That's a digital signal I believe. Can you pass current through an HD Audio signal? I think intrinsically you cannot.

I could be horribly wrong right now.
post #13 of 17
Haha, yeah, I'm dumb. There is a loss of quality with the front port jacks, but it doesn't have to do with it not being amplified. It has to do with different relative grounds (the soundcard ground and the mobo ground) creating a feedback because of their offset, capacitive effects, and noise of the HD audio cable because of poor shielding.

Here's a more comprehensive explanation: http://www.head-fi.org/t/643484/front-of-case-jacks
post #14 of 17
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Haha, yeah, I'm dumb. There is a loss of quality with the front port jacks, but it doesn't have to do with it not being amplified. It has to do with different relative grounds (the soundcard ground and the mobo ground) creating a feedback because of their offset, capacitive effects, and noise of the HD audio cable because of poor shielding.

Here's a more comprehensive explanation: http://www.head-fi.org/t/643484/front-of-case-jacks

Interesting read, I have no noticed any issues with this. However, I haven't compared the front and back jacks back and forth. Might be worth a try.

I would imagine cases make a difference as far as the quality of the cable and connector that is ran to the front jack. I have a Corsair case that I would imagine uses decent components.

Also the head-fi post they talk a lot about realtek onboard sound. I think using the header on the Xonar would be different because you wouldn't have any of the grounding effects of the motherboard.

I want to test this now, however, I have plans tonight and won't get it done. Maybe I'll try to remember and do it tomorrow.
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post #15 of 17
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Yes, he wants to plug both of them into the back. I believe if you use the front 3.5mm port, you don't receive any benefit from the headphone amplifier that the Xonar DG has. OP also wants to keep both plugged in at all times, and not have to remove them ever (not sure if that's the case for you).

Thanks very much for the replies. I tried a splitter today and it just send the sound to both devices. I want to be able to switch between the two with a hotkey. I'd consider returning my DGX and buying a different sound card if it had this feature.
post #16 of 17
I don't think any sound card offer the feature you want but you can achieve what you want by using something like this below shown in the picture.

I had couple of these at home from way back many years ago. It's just a click of a button on the device to switch between speakers and headphone. Although I don't know how much it will effect the quality of the audio because your audio source is now going thru that device and then direct into the speakers or the headphones.

post #17 of 17
Any of the newer Creative Sound Blaster z series and older recon3d have a dedicated 3.5mm amplified jack and a separate 3.5mm jack for speakers, you can switch between them using the software.....
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