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Headphones/Soundcard help needed

kyle_d Avatar
8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
I have recently bought some good headphones and when listening to them through my PC they dont sound anywhere near as good as they do when listening through my stereo.

I was thinking of upgrading my soundcard to get the full potential out of my headphones, i was thinking of getting one like this:
http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/store/pcw_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@0583479225.1202077309@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccedadedekjjihlcflgceggdhhmdgmk.0&page=Product&fm=null&sm=null&tm=null&sku=774713&category_oid=

I'v got the standard soundcard that came with my PC at the moment, Realtek HD Audio output 5.1.

BUT, the port that i use is at the front of the PC and wont i need to plug my headphones into one of the ports on the soundcard at the back of the PC if i buy something like this?

I'm quite confused about this situation, does anyone have any advice?

Thanks
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8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
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#1
It all depends on how good your headphones are as well. but if you use your headphones on both your pc and you HiFi then you will notice a difference.
The soundblaster X-Fi soundcard that you have seen on PcWorld is a nice soundcard but doesnt give the average user much difference over the previous soundblasters (audigy/audigy2).
what operating system are you running at the moment? XP/Vista?
Onboard soundchips on motherboards are ok in my opinion for kids but if you like better sound then you are definitely in the right tracks to be looking for a new soundcard.
Yes you will need to plug your headphones into the port onto the rear of the soundcard unless the front ports can be plugged onto soundcard (some can enabling you to use the front case plugs).
If you are interested i have available a soundblaster Audigy soundcard in one of my for sale threads: http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=141199
this is certainly a vast improvement on your standard motherboard soundchip. i will have a look and see if it would be possible to plug the front ports onto the soundcard and let you know.
#2
Cheers that was useful!

I'm running XP professional with media center, i would be intrested in your soundcard.. seems decent.

If you could let us know about the front ports that would be great.

ps - these are the headphones i'v bought..

http://www.mymemory.co.uk/memory/Sennheiser/HD555/Headphones
#3
Hi. unfortunately you cant plug the front ports onto the soundcard (unless i am missing something). still doesnt detract from the big difference another soundcard would make.
do you normally use the PC without headphones? as another option would be to get a headphone extension cable that you would leave plugged into the headphone jack on the soundcard and then when you want to use the headphones just plug it into the end of the extension (saves you going round the back of your PC tower everytime), i just did a quick search and you can get one on ebay for £1.74 delivered.
#4
I do use them without headphones alot yeah i have a 5:1 speaker setup, that would be a good idea to get one of those extension cables! I'll get back to you either later tonight or tomorrow about the soundcard as i'm not sure if i'd be able to pay straight away.
#5
kyle_d
I do use them without headphones alot yeah i have a 5:1 speaker setup, that would be a good idea to get one of those extension cables! I'll get back to you either later tonight or tomorrow about the soundcard as i'm not sure if i'd be able to pay straight away.


No problem mate. let me know. i will hold it for you.
#6
Also check your sound setting you will probably have it set up for 5.1 sound - this need to be changed to headphones setting.

start - Settings - Control panel - sounds and audio devices

hope this helps :thumbsup:
#7
I thought about that janz but wouldnt i have to do that everytime i want to listen through the headphones then change it back after?
#8
homerian
No problem mate. let me know. i will hold it for you.


Nice one! will do. :thumbsup:
#9
yep , a pain I know.

Try winamp for using your phones it has a built in graphic eqaliser and loads of presets pick one you like the sound of and use that for the headphones and media player just for the speakers
#10
Go for sennheiser 280 pro..Amazing Headphones..u dont need any external soundcard...just connect it to the normal socket to have the bass punch and neat vocals
#11
kyle_d
Nice one! will do. :thumbsup:


reply left on my other thread :)
banned#12
kyle_d
I do use them without headphones alot yeah i have a 5:1 speaker setup, that would be a good idea to get one of those extension cables! I'll get back to you either later tonight or tomorrow about the soundcard as i'm not sure if i'd be able to pay straight away.


I don't know why homerian has recommended his own Audigy card to you :roll:?? it's the first edition the latest version is Audigy 4 which I've got, it decodes sound into 192kb/s at 24bit. I wouldn't bother with a 7.1 card though but I would get the Xfi series, they are top notch and have their own on board processor freeing up resources on your CPU. You could go all out and get an Xfi with a front panel that would allow you to plug in your headphones into the front, or do what I've done and get a 1.5mm jack splitter - one
#13
lumoruk
I don't know why homerian has recommended his own Audigy card to you :roll:?? it's the first edition the latest version is Audigy 4 which I've got,


I suggested as an option a card i have available as a cheaper way of getting what he wants. the audigy 4 is just basically a remade audigy 2 and has no vast improvements over the audigy 2. especially note if you research that the audigy 4 has not been released in the various formats that the audigy 2 has (ie. SE, ZS, professional etc). in fact the creative.us site doesnt even have the audigy 4 listed in their product line-up: http://us.creative.com/products/welcome.asp?category=1&subcategory=205
im not saying its not a good card either, just pointing out. and before you say it, yes i know that the audigy 1 is not listed there also as it is older generation but that doesnt mean its not a good card.
the audigy card i have also does the sound processing taking work away from the CPU

it is entirely up to the OP as to what he wants to do and i was just simply giving him a cheap option.
#14
homerian - are you sure you can't plug in the FP connectors? I'm fairly sure on my audigy oem I could (don't have it now). You would be looking for a set of pins somewhere near the edge of the sound card (2x5 i think), of which a couple of pairs would have jumpers on.

Its worth considering though that using those front port connectors always results in a bit of extra noise (the cables are generally pretty poor and sometimes unshielded, and there is an awful lot of EM noise produced by computer components within the case).
#15
jah128
homerian - are you sure you can't plug in the FP connectors? I'm fairly sure on my audigy oem I could (don't have it now). You would be looking for a set of pins somewhere near the edge of the sound card (2x5 i think), of which a couple of pairs would have jumpers on.


there is a set of pins 2x5 along the end of the card (next to the front panel pins) labelled 'JP 1-2'. i was thinking that these were them but i couldnt find any documentation to verify that which is why i said that i am not sure and i would rather say that i am sure it can be done but not 100% certain.
banned#16
homerian
there is a set of pins 2x5 along the end of the card (next to the front panel pins) labelled 'JP 1-2'. i was thinking that these were them but i couldnt find any documentation to verify that which is why i said that i am not sure and i would rather say that i am sure it can be done but not 100% certain.


Oh I see what you mean, I haven't got any pins on my damn card grrr
#17
jah128
homerian - are you sure you can't plug in the FP connectors? I'm fairly sure on my audigy oem I could (don't have it now). You would be looking for a set of pins somewhere near the edge of the sound card (2x5 i think), of which a couple of pairs would have jumpers on.

Its worth considering though that using those front port connectors always results in a bit of extra noise (the cables are generally pretty poor and sometimes unshielded, and there is an awful lot of EM noise produced by computer components within the case).


homer is talking a lot of rubbish....

You CAN plug in FP audio to ANY X-Fi, do a seach on google.com for the proper pinout on the back of the card and plug in your stereo front left\right fp connector the correct pins...

SIMPLE

He's also talking rubbish about the the X-Fi being very similar to the Audigy\Audigy 2.

Its a totally different card, far and away superior to those cards - you will definately notice this difference.

Its the best card to go for on price\performance.

Get the OEM version of the Xtreme Music for under £50 at most decent online retailers. (The Xtreme Music is better than the Xtreme Gamer as it has gold plated outputs ;) and costs the same....or less :)

Hope that helps, and people like homer, however good he\she's intentions, should maybe not comment if they're not 100% certain of the info they provide, especially to someone who doesn't understand at all!
#18
homerian
there is a set of pins 2x5 along the end of the card (next to the front panel pins) labelled 'JP 1-2'. i was thinking that these were them but i couldnt find any documentation to verify that which is why i said that i am not sure and i would rather say that i am sure it can be done but not 100% certain.


There's no official documentation because creative want you to buy the breakout box they sell.

A simple google search turns out the exact meaning of each pinout.

If your card doesn't have the 25 or so pins then they've been knocked out as EVERY card has them (X-Fi)

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