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  1.    04 Sep 2016 #1

    Adding external speakers


    Sorry if this is dumb question but I don't really understand the best way to add external speakers to my desktop setup. At the moment I use a monitor with in built speakers. It all goes from my 980ti hdmi output into the monitor. So I wonder where would I add external speakers. I believe the sound card is in built on the motherboard but if hdmi is supplying the sound then I presume the gpu is taking care of it (or does that sound silly).

    i am just pondering to add a couple of slightly better speakers as the monitor in built ones are a bit tinny at higher volumes. Am not bothered or into any sub woofer stuff. Just two half decent speakers will do fine. So do I plug them into the headphone socket / aux out on the monitor? Or should they connect to the back of the PC somewhere or even the headphone socket of the PC itself? I see sockets labelled rear, c/sub, line in, line out, mic on the back. Obviously I know to avoid mic and in any case I think my case has mic and headphone jacks. Just pretty confused. If they were plugged into the back of the PC then would the sound output clash with what is being fed through the hdmi. Maybe the speakers would give out sound as well as the monitors in built speakers all at the same time? Just pretty confused. If it helps my gpu is nvidia 980ti and the motherboard is ASUS Z170 pro gaming.
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       04 Sep 2016 #2

    Depending on the built in sound device on the MB. Some support 2.1/5.1/7.1 and also optical audio out. Just plug in the cable that comes with the speaker to it then switch the sound output for the speaker.
    1. Sound input to speakers
    2. Some high end speakers support digital sound then you would use an optical cable.
    3. Sound input to TV using HDMI cable

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  3.    04 Sep 2016 #3

    Thanks, switching the sound output for the speaker is presumably done under sound/volume properties on Windows? And that will then eradicate/suppress the in built monitor speakers through the hdmi ?
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       04 Sep 2016 #4

    Scottyboy99 said: View Post
    Thanks, switching the sound output for the speaker is presumably done under sound/volume properties on Windows? And that will then eradicate/suppress the in built monitor speakers through the hdmi ?
    Yep. Just right click and set as default input source.
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  5.    04 Sep 2016 #5

    Great, sorry my phone didn't display your diagrams first time round (useless iOS!) Really appreciate the help.
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       04 Sep 2016 #6

    Scottyboy99 said: View Post
    Great, sorry my phone didn't display your diagrams first time round (useless iOS!) Really appreciate the help.
    BTW. The standard color code on the MB for speakers jack is GREEN, PINK is for Microphone
    Of course, you also need to install the sound driver for the sound device on MB.
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  7.    04 Sep 2016 #7

    Ok thank you. It's good to know. The way my desktop is crammed into my small room the back is pretty difficult to access. I can get to it if really needed but it's a mission so it's helpful to know these things without having to pull it all out.
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    Windows 10 14590 x64 and Win Insider test builds
       04 Sep 2016 #8

    Scottyboy99 said: View Post
    Sorry if this is dumb question but I don't really understand the best way to add external speakers to my desktop setup. At the moment I use a monitor with in built speakers. It all goes from my 980ti hdmi output into the monitor. So I wonder where would I add external speakers.
    Your 980TI will probably have a fixed level digital S/PDIF output for a 5.1 / 7.1 Toslink or "glass cable" for a AVR or surround sound receiver .
    The green 3.mm plug on the back of your PC somewhere will be variable audio out for powered speakers ,amplified devices or phones .
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  9.    04 Sep 2016 #9

    Guys, that is awesome info. Thanks so much!
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  10. Posts : 182
    Windows 10 pro on both
       04 Sep 2016 #10

    Just a quick heads up, i do not know if you do any Gaming, "Solitaire does not count " Because Using GPU "Graphics Card" HDMI cable to play sound will never be as good as Ext Sound Card
    Even the Asus MB you have even though the sound chip is good "at least so Asus claims" I disagree I have the Z97 pro Gamer Same audio chip as the Z170 "correct me if im wrong" the load on the GPU will result in "chipping" this is from personal experience with my Z87 Pro V Edition and my Z97 Pro Gamer the on board sound chip would always start to produce the "bird chipping effect" so ext sound card is best for Games like W3 WOW DA DAI D3 and so on.
    But ofc i am a fanatic about that, and since you only want stereo speakers and no woofer you prob do not care about that
    I use my PC for watching my movies also i have 2x 3TB HD with my legal DVD and Blu rays and use an optical cable from sound card to my surround, I am sure my neighbors love when i open my windows in the summer and hit PLAY
    heey who doesn't like to listen to music "nah kidding even with my windows open i can play at max without disturbing anyone
    hmm long post for a heads up sry bout that
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