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Windows 7: New Headphones - where should I plug them in?

06 Jan 2017   #1
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New Headphones - where should I plug them in?

This post may seem a little silly, but I'm confoosed.

I'm getting a set of headphones (Sony MDRXB450AP) for my PC (Win 7 64-bit). I have a mobo (GIGABYTE P35-DS4) with a headphone jack in the front and also a plug in the back (I believe it's just a "line in" plug). I also have a Diamond Xtreme sound card (XS51), which also has a blue "line in" plug (I'm assuming the headphones get plugged into the 'line in' jacks?).

The mobo has the Realtek audio/audio manager (which I haven't installed yet) and then there's the soundcard, but I also have Logitech surround speakers which also have a jack. So I'm wondering what is the best place to plug these headphones in?

Thanks for any help


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06 Jan 2017   #2
flashdrive

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

Actually, now that I'm considering this, I realized that the jacks on the mobo were faulty. That's why I got the sound card, which my Logitech speakers are plugged in to. So I'm just wondering which place would be better for the headphones - the sound card, or the jack on the speakers themselves.
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06 Jan 2017   #3
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Because I don't the answer, I have an idea for you: just before you plug the headphones into each available port, turn the sound all the way down and very slowly turn up the volume while you're listening via the headphones. You can probably tell by what you hear from both ports which one is the best match.
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06 Jan 2017   #4
flashdrive

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

Thanks, Roland. I'll do that. Like I said, it was a silly question, lol.
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06 Jan 2017   #5
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by flashdrive View Post
Thanks, Roland. I'll do that. Like I said, it was a silly question, lol.
Not at all silly, impedence levels do play a part from time to time; because often a particular plug and a particular jack works the best all-around -- your question is certainly not silly
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06 Jan 2017   #6
flashdrive

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

Thanks. Do you think if I get a longer extension plug for the headphones that it would effect the sound?
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06 Jan 2017   #7
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Other than maybe, possibly, having to turn up the volume a teeny tiny bit - should have no effect.
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07 Jan 2017   #8
flashdrive

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

Thanks for your advice, Roland. Works great. Actually pretty decent headphones for twenty bucks.
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07 Jan 2017   #9
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Just one bit of clarification the Stereo Output port on Computer systems (Front & Back M/B ports) and Sound Card Ports are usually Green not Blue.

Blue is an input port and will generally give low volume, low quality sound if anything at all.

If you have disabled the on-board sound when you added the sound card, the front ports will be disabled, unless you connect the front port connector from the front panel to the correct Sound card connector, (on the card itself, not the back plate).

Once you have the connections for the sound card correctly connected you should be able to connect the existing speakers to the rear output on the card (Green). When you connect the headphones to the front panel Headphone jack the speakers will be automatically muted.

Also if intending to use a headset which includes a Microphone then you will need either a set with two plugs, green (Headphones) and Pink, (Microphone). If your headphones have an in-built Mic and have a single plug (is designed for use with Phones and tablets then you will need a special adaptor for computer use

If you look at the diagram below it shows the three main types of jack plug for audio use - The left hand is the one used on a mono Microphone the middle is the one normally used on a stereo output such as speakers, and the right hand is the one used on the headphones you have with a stereo output and a Mic.

As you can see the centre and right hand plugs have subtle differences Fitting either plug into the other's matched socket is likely to result in cross connection between the Ring and Sleve connections that can result in distortion and / or loss of sound channels

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07 Jan 2017   #10
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Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

After writing my initial post I remembered that the audio ports on my PC were bad and that's why I got the sound card. However, I have the headphones plugged into my Logitech Z506 surround speakers. Sound is pretty good. I played around with the XS51 card settings to boost the sound even more. I may be getting a extension cord for the headphones, but that's unclear at the moment.

Mainly because I've been shopping other headphones and have come across the wireless versions that are out there (like these Avantree Audition Pro bluetooth ones). In this small basement room I occupy with the TV and computer and speakers it would be nice not to have any more wires.
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