Closed Sound card amp vs. speaker amps Tags: Sound Cards Speakers Components Product Last response: December 12, 2011 1:57 PM in Components Share kajabla 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: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and M-Audio BX5a speakers: http://m-audio.com/products/en_us/StudiophileBX5aDeluxe... 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? More about : sound card amp speaker amps Best solution clarkjd 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. Share kajabla 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. Score 0 Related resources Dac vs Amp vs Sound card - Forum Speaker power vs Amp Power - Forum Sony integrated amp trouble shooting no speaker sound - Forum Sound Card/Amp for HD 558? - Forum Sennheiser G4ME ZERO + Sabertooth Z77 - Do I need a sound card or headphone amp? - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer clarkjd June 16, 2011 8:50:14 PM Do which ever gives you the best sound and control of that sound. Score 0 kajabla December 11, 2011 7:40:52 PM Hm, no best answer option. Odd. Score 0 kajabla December 12, 2011 2:09:05 AM Best answer selected by kajabla. Score 0 Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedSound card or USB DAC and head phone amp for Sennheiser hd 800D Forum SolvedSpeakers make pop sound when turning amp on/off. Forum SolvedQuick question about headphone amp on a sound card Forum SolvedMultiple Amps and Multiple Speaker Sets Forum Setting up/Getting a Sound Card and Amp for PC350 SE Headphones Forum SolvedOutdoor sub with speaker wire only, amp has RCA Forum Need a Sound Card with Headphone amp and Optical Out Forum Lenovo USB Sound Card / Headphone Amp Problem Forum Is it worth getting a sound card when i have an amp Forum Need for a sound card / headphone amp? Forum Amp to sound card Forum Headphones, Sound Cards, Headphone AMP Forum Sound Card with Integrated AMP Forum Zotac cards, AMP vs Normal Forum SolvedSpeaker/Amp combo advice please Forum More resources Read discussions in other Components categories Power supplies Sound cards NICs Akasa Antec Cooler Master Cougar DeepCool Enermax !