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Sound card amp vs. speaker amps

Last response: in Components
June 16, 2011 8:24:27 PM

Do you think I'd get better sound by putting more of the amplification load on my sound card's amp or on the amps in my speakers?
I have a Xonar DG:
and M-Audio BX5a speakers:

To rephrase, would it be better to turn the sound card up and the speakers down or to turn the speakers up and the sound card down?

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June 16, 2011 8:38:27 PM

The amp on that card is for headphones. They generally have higher impedance than speakers. and therefore require less power. I would use the line out of the card to the input of the speakers and put the load on the speaker amps. :sol: 
June 16, 2011 8:44:16 PM

So far, I've had the sound card around 10% and the speakers taking it up to fairly loud.
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June 16, 2011 8:50:14 PM

Do which ever gives you the best sound and control of that sound.
December 11, 2011 7:40:52 PM

Hm, no best answer option. Odd.
December 12, 2011 2:09:05 AM

Best answer selected by kajabla.