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How much does an audio splitter affect sound quality?

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I'm planning on ordering one of these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16855999624

to split the line out signal from my sound card so I can plug in my headphones and 5.1 speakers at the same time. I plan to just turn off my speakers when I'm using my headphones. Am I going to lose any significant/noticeable sound quality? I wouldn't think so, but of course I thought I'd ask the audiophiles before I got it. Thanks in advance for any help.
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Well I don't notice any differences when I split my soundcard off to my PC speakers and to my surround sound speakers, but I'm no audiophile.
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I'm planning on ordering one of these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16855999624

to split the line out signal from my sound card so I can plug in my headphones and 5.1 speakers at the same time. I plan to just turn off my speakers when I'm using my headphones. Am I going to lose any significant/noticeable sound quality? I wouldn't think so, but of course I thought I'd ask the audiophiles before I got it. Thanks in advance for any help.
I run with the exact same setup and can tell no difference at all.

I'm using some pretty sensitive and detailed headphones too, Grado RS1's, and am just about as critical and nit picky as it gets once I put my headphones on.

I can tell no difference running direct out or running with the splitter.

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It depends on what you are running the splitter to. If one of the destinations it is sending to has an amplifier than everything should be fine, the voltage drop would be negligable. If both destinations are passive then the voltage and thus the volume will be halved. If you can crank up the dial without distortion than this isn't really a problem.
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The load of each split end has to do with the sound quality as well. It can mess with the impedance as well.
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