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 Share 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. 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. Related resources Need for a sound card / headphone amp ? - Forum Thnx to the group, Pro Amp vs . Studio vs . Hi-Fi and recomm.. - Forum Need advice on headphone and speaker amp for computer setup - Forum looking for good 7.1 surround amp and speakers for computer - Forum Pro amps vs . consumer amps - 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. kajabla December 11, 2011 7:40:52 PM Hm, no best answer option. Odd. kajabla December 12, 2011 2:09:05 AM Best answer selected by kajabla. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Speakers make pop sound when turning amp on/off. Forum What route to choose? External DAC amp soundcard. Options galore. Forum Amp to sound card Forum What is the diff between hifi amps and PA amps Forum +12 Volt Rail Amp Rating Forum Quick question about headphone amp on a sound card Forum Will this PSU be enough? Forum What is best sound card for audio streaming? Forum Graphics Card fit in case? Forum What graphic card is suitable for my M4A78-EM with MY AMD Phenom II ? Forum DELL laptop sound problem! Forum Graphics card high-pitch noise Forum Sound card vs onboard 'blu ray audio' Forum Which is the better PSU for my graphics card? Forum Compaq laptop sound - speaker problem Forum More resources Read discussions in other Components categories Power supplies Sound cards NICs Akasa Antec Cooler Master Cougar DeepCool Enermax !