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Question about SQ when connecting headphones through speaker cabling jack

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Hey guys. I have some cheap Logitech speakers (~£15, 2.1), and had a PC 350 headset. I used the speakers whenever I wasn't in the mood for headphones (just lightly browsing web inbetween jobs, when I had people around etc), and a real life saver with them was that the in-line volume control (little puck shaped twistable that sits on the desk) has it's own jacks for the mic and stereo front. This means whenever I wanted to use the speakers, I just unplugged my headphones and sound would go back to the speakers, and vice versa. Couldn't have imagined having to **** around with the back of my PC every time I wanted to swap.

Now, while I owned the headset I never tested whether there was a SQ difference between using the stereo jack on the soundcard and using the speaker jack, and since I am soon to own some AD700s, I was just wondering what you guys/girls thought. I mean, I can probably just test them when I get them (couple of weeks), but I figured I would do some digging first.

The cable is about a foot and a half to two foot long between the volume control and the actual stereo jack on my PC. I also have a BSG CMOY on the way, so would that have any effect?

 

post #2 of 3

Heya,

 

The real question is, are you getting the AD700's for games and planning on it coming through your speakers and not through your sound card with it's 3d positioning effects (dolby headphone?)? Because if it's going through your speakers, it's not going to have positioning beyond left and right. What sound card are you using, or are we talking about onboard? If it's just onboard, meh, plug into your speakers, might be a slight difference. But you likely won't hear much difference between the two on a pair of AD700's unless the signal is really distorted or full or interference.

 

Very best,

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Getting them for gaming, will be powered by my Xonar D2X and the whole idea is that I will be able to abuse some Dolby Headphone.

Everything comes from the soundcard, and any time I game I will be using the headphones. The speakers are just for ease of use and convenience basically. 

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