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Laptop to stereo: Use Headphone or Line Out?

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The Leet Beagle

Jan 1, 1970
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The subject is basically the question, but here it is in detail:

If I want to connect my notebook computer to my stereo receiver to
listen to music, would it be in my best interest to connect via the
headphone jack or the line out jack.

And more importantly, why?

Will the audio quality be any different at all? If so, why?

Honestly, I have done this already and have noticed that line out's
volume seems to be higher than headphones, but I don't know enough
about it to understand it.

Can someone please shed some light?

Thanks!
-Nick.
 
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the Wiz

Jan 1, 1970
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The subject is basically the question, but here it is in detail:

If I want to connect my notebook computer to my stereo receiver to
listen to music, would it be in my best interest to connect via the
headphone jack or the line out jack.

And more importantly, why?

Will the audio quality be any different at all? If so, why?

Honestly, I have done this already and have noticed that line out's
volume seems to be higher than headphones, but I don't know enough
about it to understand it.

Can someone please shed some light?

Thanks!
-Nick.

Line Out is the preferred method because it:
1. is a closer impedance match to the input of the stereo
2. is a fixed audio level, where the headphone jack is usually adjustable by the
PC volume control.

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Bob Masta

Jan 1, 1970
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The subject is basically the question, but here it is in detail:

If I want to connect my notebook computer to my stereo receiver to
listen to music, would it be in my best interest to connect via the
headphone jack or the line out jack.

And more importantly, why?

Will the audio quality be any different at all? If so, why?

Honestly, I have done this already and have noticed that line out's
volume seems to be higher than headphones, but I don't know enough
about it to understand it.

Can someone please shed some light?

Thanks!
-Nick.

The headphone output will have gone through a
(cheesy) power amp to drive the phones, which are
low-impedance devices. That means they take
relatively higher currents at relatively lower voltages.
The line input on your stereo is a much higher
impedance, which doesn't take much current
to drive so doesn't need the power amp.

On many laptops there may not be much difference
in quality between these outputs, as laptop sound
is often not that great to begin with.


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