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    Question,

    If I had 2.1 channel speakers connected to my 5.1 channel sound card, then plugged 5.1 channel headphones into the speaker jack that comes with the speakers would my headphones be 5.1? I think the speaker jack is like a control pod for the speakers but I'm not exactly sure how it works because I haven't purchased the speakers yet. I'm trying to solve the problem of always having to unplug my headphones and then plug my speakers back in because there are multiple users on my machine and my kids ruined my $60 headphones because they never unplugged them and just kept twisting the cord. If someone has another solution it would be appreciated, thanks.

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    http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2123235

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      lol, I guess that would work. Is there any chance it would degrade the sound quality since the signal is being split?

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        Its what I use, but I don't have any 5.1 equipment. I just have a 2.1 set of speakers, and a nice set of headphones.

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          You should not notice any sound degradation. As for your original question, you technically do not get 5.1 surround sound in your headphones if you only have a single stereo jack. It just ends up being virtual surround sound (simulated as it's still stereo). A true 5.1 set of headphones would either have 3 jacks (analog), a USB connector (digital), or a s/PDIF (optical) connector.
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            Hey, the idea behind it works... I mean, you probably could get a splitter too but that might be bad too...

            This makes me think of how you can use a 4.1 sound system and your head set to make a 5.1 just by turning the head set into the side speakers...

            Tell me how it works please. :)



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            • #7
              Re: Speakers and Headphones

              Originally posted by Acreo Aeneas View Post
              You should not notice any sound degradation. As for your original question, you technically do not get 5.1 surround sound in your headphones if you only have a single stereo jack. It just ends up being virtual surround sound (simulated as it's still stereo). A true 5.1 set of headphones would either have 3 jacks (analog), a USB connector (digital), or a s/PDIF (optical) connector.
              Thanks for the feedback, I may just end up getting a USB, but not sure if there's a downside to that. The upside is I wouldn't have to plug it into my soundcard since I have the usb inputs in the front of my tower.

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                There might be some games (usually older titles) that won't recognize the USB headset as a sound device and therefore you won't get sound from it and/or won't be able to use your headset mic. However, you probably won't every run into that issue since I doubt many even play games old enough to cause that issue.

                Just keep in mind that you'd have to select the USB sound device (that's what the USB headset will have to "install" when you install it's drivers) as your default sound output device and recording device.
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                  Re: Speakers and Headphones

                  Originally posted by Acreo Aeneas View Post
                  There might be some games (usually older titles) that won't recognize the USB headset as a sound device and therefore you won't get sound from it and/or won't be able to use your headset mic. However, you probably won't every run into that issue since I doubt many even play games old enough to cause that issue.

                  Just keep in mind that you'd have to select the USB sound device (that's what the USB headset will have to "install" when you install it's drivers) as your default sound output device and recording device.
                  Thank you for the help, I appreciate it.

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                  • #10
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                    Just as a note I currently split my left/right, center, surround, and microphone jacks without any sound degradation. I use it so that I can have my Logitech 540s and Tritton AX51 Pro connected at the same time.

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