headphone level v. line level outpout

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  1. Oren

    Oren Stunt Coordinator

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    If I play an MP3 from my laptop to my receiver using the headphone output jack on the laptop, it sounds really bad. Muffled, muted, flat. If I burn the same MP3 to a cd and play it using the receiver/cd player, it sounds fine. What gives?

    Is the headphone output jack the wrong one to use for such things? Does connecting components like this require a line level connection?

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    A headphone jack is meant for non-amplified sound devices, say...headphones or speakers whereas a line-out is a constant voltage signal that is meant to be amplified by an external source, say your receiver. So naturally, you should get better sound by using the line-level output when you send audio from your laptop to a receiver.

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    as stated the headphone jack typically has a pre-amp for non-amplified speakers. your best bet is to reduce the volume levels on the laptop and crank the volume up on the reciever.
     

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