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General Rommel

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#1 10 years ago

Would the audio quality be increased if I did just Soundcard to Headphones.

The reason I'm asking this is because I'm a huge audiophile.




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#2 10 years ago

i dont thikn the sound quality would decrease from running headphones through teh speakers, unless the speakers are broken or someting. its all the same audio signals, coming through the same plug after all.




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#3 10 years ago

im pretty sure "technically" you would, but i highly doubt you would even notice if you have basic speakers they usually use wire gauged thats just enough, and passing it through another connection you will get a minimal amount of loss, if the wire is a little thicker it would be even harder to notice the loss




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#4 10 years ago

It all depends on the quality of sound card and headphones. You certainly can get qulaity audio at a better price that way vs a multichannel speaker set though.




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#5 10 years ago

Like was mentioned above, it entirely depends on the type of sound card that you are using. Are we talking about a dedicated sound card such as the Audigy 2 or X-Fi or an onboard AC'97 or similar integrated sound chip thats built into your motherboard? At this point in time, Onboard sound, cannot even begin to touch the audio performance & fidelity that a quality dedicated sound card will provide. Years ago, motherboard manufactures dabbled in trying to provide high quality integrated audio, but in the end, that idea died. While there were several vendors are the time, the best Pre-Audigy 2 onboard sound was imho, nVidias SoundStorm technology, which was popular around the time of the nForce2 chipset.

As was also stated above, the quality of the headphones is also a very important factor. When you listen to music, do you have it running in 2 channel Stereo or do you have it set to 5.1, 6.1 or even 7.1? If you want to listen to music in surround sound, a regular pair of headphones is not going to provide you with the type of audio experience that you desire. It is a common misconception that 5.1 & above, is only for gaming & the occasional movie. This simply isn't true. A pair of quality 5.1 headphones will quickly draw you into the music as never before, and if you game or watch movies on your PC, then you'll be in for an even bigger treat.

Before I ramble on with a bunch more facts & figures, please list me the Audio hardware that you are using, such as Sound Card make & model & the type of headphones you have. Then I'll go on from there if need be.

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#6 10 years ago

As CursedOne said, there will technically be an improvement since there will be less cabling, less interference from the speakers and so on. However, unless there's a noticeable problem (e.g. buzzing or something like that) you're highly unlikely to notice a change unless you've got very, very good equipment.




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#7 10 years ago

Alright cool, I'm getting a better soundcard anyway. Creative X-FI Fatality Pro :)




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#8 10 years ago
General Rommel;4223405Alright cool, I'm getting a better soundcard anyway. Creative X-FI Fatality Pro :)

Now that is an awesome sound card. Amazing audio fidelity. I installed one in the custom PC I built for my dads recording studio. What manner of listening devices do you use? Speakers or headphones? Do you mix your own music? The X-Fi will let you up-mix CD's. Talking some crisp music if you have the gear to play it.

5.1 Headphones - I have these headphones & it's one of the better $40 I have ever spent. Zalman Headphones

-MRG




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#9 10 years ago

Might I ask what kind of freak uses a Creative card in a recording studio? E-MU perhaps, but Creative? Are you serious?




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#10 10 years ago
Bs|Archaon;4224712Might I ask what kind of freak uses a Creative card in a recording studio?

I wasn't going to say anything as I didn't want to start a flame war, but the rave about the $40 5.1 headphones kinda gave that away at the end of the post, esp considering music was being mentioned.;) You don't even get studio quality music out of the best 5.1 PC speaker set available, let alone from such a headphone set, which I have listened to btw and they are utter crap even for gaming. I wouldn't even consider them for music or movies.