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okay i like sound alot. i am nopt an audiophile but i want good quality sound. so i am wondering if Y-spliters decrease audio quality. i want to be able to switch between headphones and speakers without having to climb under my desk behind my comp. so i think i'll use a Y-splitter unless someone has a better idea. and my other question is: where can i get high quality tracks... i only have mp3's right now
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First question: Any device added to the signal path will increase noise. Cheap Y-splitters actually break stereo into mono, each device getting one side. A better option is a passive switch. The best option, if you have the cash, is a headphone amplifier with multiple outputs. That way, you can just turn the volume down on whichever you are not using.
Second question: For basic listening, WAV is a good format. It is compressed, but less than mpeg. For really high quality, you need a lossless format, like FLAC. Whenever you import music from a CD (or vinyl, or 1/4", or 1" 16 track), import as WAV.

The Samson S-Amp is good on the inexpensive end.
I own both the ART HeadAmpV and the PreSonus HP4, and like both a lot. The ART also has TRS inserts. I have never used them, but you might be able to find a use for them.
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I just use the headphone jack in my speaker system. You speakers dont have one?
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Cheap Y-splitters actually break stereo into mono, each device getting one side.
Uhh... no? I'm using a Y-splitter to my cheap headphones and 2.1 Altec Lansing set, and it's definately stereo sound I'm hearing...

And PCM WAV is lossless...
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my speakers do not have a headphone jack, my old ones did but they were $25 and i got them because the ones i wanted were out of stock. i inherited JBL Creature II's from my sis and im using those now.

@wallaby: i am an adio noob with a small budget. what's a passive switch?
and where would i get tracks in WAV and FLAC?
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Originally Posted by TheFlyingWallaby View Post
First question: Any device added to the signal path will increase noise. Cheap Y-splitters actually break stereo into mono, each device getting one side. A better option is a passive switch. The best option, if you have the cash, is a headphone amplifier with multiple outputs. That way, you can just turn the volume down on whichever you are not using.
Second question: For basic listening, WAV is a good format. It is compressed, but less than mpeg. For really high quality, you need a lossless format, like FLAC.
WAV is a totally lossless format for pristine quality. However, WAV files are freaking huge, to say the least. FLAC is still lossless, just compressed so it's not a waste of space.

The best place to get good-quality tracks? A CD. I like clubs like BMG, where new members can get a ton of plastic for a pretty cheap price. They're always running deals.
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so normal CD's have FLAC?
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WAV is a totally lossless format for pristine quality. However, WAV files are freaking huge, to say the least. FLAC is still lossless, just compressed so it's not a waste of space.

The best place to get good-quality tracks? A CD. I like clubs like BMG, where new members can get a ton of plastic for a pretty cheap price. They're always running deals.
CD's have great quality sound... but bigger recording studio's have gone freakin' retarded with the mixing.

a drum should be much louder when it's hit than a cymbal... but they turn it into mush with their incompetant "equalizing".
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so normal CD's have FLAC?
Normal CD's have PCM WAV. Consider FLAC like zipping a WAV file. Makes it smaller... but all the data is still there.
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CDs use Wav

EDIT: Beat me to it
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