3.5mm Splitter vs Speaker Headphone Port?

CZory91

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I have Bose Companion 2 Series III speakers hooked up to my PC (3.5mm). I have onboard sound with a headphone amp through my Asus Maximus Hero IX motherboard (I know, onboard is not great regardless).

Since windows (or my drivers, either way) don't let me swap the cables and then produce sound through without restarting programs so they can grab the right output to push sound to, I need to know what is better to do - I could get a splitter and plug both of them into it, then into the port... or i could get a 1ft. extension cable so It reaches my speaker to use the headphone port on the right speaker. Which is better to do? I do not want to use my front panel ports, nor do I want other items on my desk, so these seem like the only two options for me.

I would assume the splitter is a bad idea, but if my onboard sound already has an amp for the line, doesn't that mean it's running through two amps if I plug it in the speaker's headphone port? Or is that simply a conductor running through the speaker and connecting to the cable that the speaker uses to plug into my PC?
 
why do you need either?

i am assuming you have the headphone amp going to headphones and the speakers plugged in directly in an either-or situation (and not doing something bad like running pc-amp-speakers in a line)

in windows audio properties you can change your default audio device from headphones to speakers and back if you use the front port (on case) for headphone and the rear jack (on motherboard) for speakers. this is the easiest way.

if you insist on using only one output, you could use a 3.5mm A/B switch to manually flip between the two. this would be preferred over any splitters. a splitter is more for if you want both to play at once.
 
why do you need either?

i am assuming you have the headphone amp going to headphones and the speakers plugged in directly in an either-or situation (and not doing something bad like running pc-amp-speakers in a line)

in windows audio properties you can change your default audio device from headphones to speakers and back if you use the front port (on case) for headphone and the rear jack (on motherboard) for speakers. this is the easiest way.

if you insist on using only one output, you could use a 3.5mm A/B switch to manually flip between the two. this would be preferred over any splitters. a splitter is more for if you want both to play at once.
 
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