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Best way to hook up speakers to sound card?

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Hey guys,

Just bought a sound card today and I have two options to connect my speakers. I have a 6.3 mm jack in the front. I will be using a 6.3 mm to 3.5 mm connector to my speakers (2.1 klipsch promedia). The other option is the red and white outputs on the back (I believe they are RCA). The sound card came with a connector to make those a 3.5 mm output. What way would produce better sound? I'm pretty new to the whole audio thing so all help will be appreciated. The link to the sound card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-032-_-Product

Thanks in advance!

sorry if there are typos, I am doing this on my phone, and it's horrible with ocn posts =(
Edited by bigal1542 - 1/14/11 at 12:04pm
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The front 1/4" output is for headphones, the rear RCA outputs are for speakers. Your sound card should have come with an RCA to 3.5mm (1/8") adaptor to plug into your speakers.
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^^This^^
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So will the quality be the same? I mostly use speakers and sometimes headphones. Would the best be to leave the speakers connected to the back and plug in headphones when I use them?

I'm just concerned about the quality. Would I get better quality by using both through one or are they really the same quality?
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So will the quality be the same? I mostly use speakers and sometimes headphones. Would the best be to leave the speakers connected to the back and plug in headphones when I use them?

I'm just concerned about the quality. Would I get better quality by using both through one or are they really the same quality?
The front output for the headphones is connected to a headphone amp, and is designed to be used with headphones. Having active speakers such as yours would be best hooked up to the rear output, which is not amplified.
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You hook your speakers up to the line out rca jacks on the back. That leaves the front free which is intended for headphones and a mic. So you can plug in your headphones quickly via the front.
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Awesome. Thanks everyone for the fast replies!
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