Closed Sound card amp vs. speaker amps Tags: Sound Cards Speakers Components 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 | Report abuse Register or log in to remove 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. | Report abuse 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. | Report abuse clarkjd June 16, 2011 8:50:14 PM Do which ever gives you the best sound and control of that sound. | Report abuse kajabla December 11, 2011 7:40:52 PM Hm, no best answer option. Odd. | Report abuse kajabla December 12, 2011 2:09:05 AM Best answer selected by kajabla. | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>Components>Sound card amp vs. speaker amps> Related ressources: ForumNeed for a sound card / headphone amp ? ForumThnx to the group, Pro Amp vs . Studio vs . Hi-Fi and recomm.. ForumNeed advice on headphone and speaker amp for computer setup Forumlooking for good 7.1 surround amp and speakers for computer ForumPro amps vs . consumer amps ForumSpeakers make pop sound when turning amp on/off. ForumWhat route to choose? External DAC amp soundcard. Options galore. ForumAmp to sound card ForumWhat is the diff between hifi amps and PA amps Forum+12 Volt Rail Amp Rating ForumQuick question about headphone amp on a sound card ForumWill this PSU be enough? ForumWhat is best sound card for audio streaming? ForumGraphics Card fit in case? ForumWhat graphic card is suitable for my M4A78-EM with MY AMD Phenom II ? ForumDELL laptop sound problem! ForumGraphics card high-pitch noise ForumSound card vs onboard 'blu ray audio' ForumWhich is the better PSU for my graphics card? ForumCompaq laptop sound - speaker problem More resources Read discussions in other Components categories Power supplies Sound cards NICs Akasa Antec Cooler Master Cougar DeepCool Enermax !