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I didn't know how else to word my question...redface.gif

So I plan on finally getting a sound card (probably an ASUS Xonar) and I had a question about where to plug in some new headphones I got.

The way I have my PC setup, it's a bit of a ways away from where I actually sit, so I can't plug in headphones to the back, directly into the sound card. Now, I also just use normal speakers and headphones intermittently. Usually I use speakers for movies/videos and then headphones for gaming. If I were to just plug in my headphones to the front audio port of my PC, would that sound still be coming through the sound card, or would it be routed to the onboard audio?

Basically, is it okay to plug in my speakers to the sound card in the rear, and headphones to the front audio port and still have both running off the actual sound card instead of onboard audio?
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post #2 of 6
There are various Asus Xonar models, so without knowing the exact model you're considering it's a little harder to answer your question.

However, we can take the Asus Xonar DG as an example and go from there. The Asus Xonar DG has a 9-pin Intel AC'97 / HDA Front Panel audio header. This card also has automatic jack sensing front panel output capability. I can't guarantee it without reviewing the specs for every Asus Xonar model, but to my knowledge the majority of them have a front panel jack.

So assuming that your case has a compatible front panel header, you could connect the front panel audio port to the sound card and have the capability you are asking about.

The key of course would be to actually connect the front panel jack to the header on the audio card.

In the event you happened to pick a card without a front panel audio jack, you could always use a y-splitter on the back jack and just buy an extension for your headphone wires.
Edited by wevsspot - 10/22/13 at 11:26am
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post #3 of 6
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Yeah it'll probably be a Xonar DG. So I can run both off the one card?
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Yes you can.

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post #5 of 6
Just plug the front panel cable to your soundcard and use XonarSwitch so you won't even need the automatic jack-detection.
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post #6 of 6
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So with the XonarSwitch, I'd keep both plugged in and then just switch it via software?
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