headphones and speakers off the same sound card jack?

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Joined: 01/12/2004

Hello! I've been looking all over the internet for someone to ask this question to and so here it goes. I have a soundcard in my computer (obviously). I want to plug in some type of stereo splitter to it so I can get sound in my Bose Tri-Port headphones and my Altec Lansing ATP3 speakers. Now I do have an old splitter that I've had for a good 10 years, but when I plug it into my soundcard and then I plug the headphones and speakers into the splitter, the sound in the speakers comes out 100%, but in the headphones the sound is only like 50% and not of good quality. Is there some device or anything you recommend that would not do this??? Just some other kind of splitter that would let me listen to both at 100% quality. Thank you SOOOO much!!!

Joined: 02/12/2009


Headphones and speakers by nature both require amplification. I'm guessing that the Altec-Lansing speakers are "powered" (active) speakers, meaning that they have an amplifier built into them (and a volume knob). The headphones do not. Therefore you would need to send the feed intended for the headphones through an amplifier first.

There are a number of external audio interfaces for PCs and Macs which have multiple outputs and a dedicated headphone output (with amplification and a volume knob). Some are pretty inexpensive too. If you have not seen seen my guide to them, here it is:


Joined: 01/12/2004

Thanks very much. Very much.

I've passed the info along to my neighbor so we'll see how it goes.

Thanks again.