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Trist100

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    Trist100 reacted to BobVonBob in Optical or Aux cable for speaker setup (z625+MSI gaming 970)   
    AUX and optical transmit different signals, AUX transmits analog audio, optical transmits digital audio.
     
    If you use an AUX cable, the speakers will use the DAC (digital to analog converter) built into your motherboard, if you use an optical cable the speakers will use the DAC built into your speakers.
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    Trist100 reacted to BobVonBob in Optical or Aux cable for speaker setup (z625+MSI gaming 970)   
    Not sure, it depends on the DAC used in each. My bet would be on the motherboard DAC (AUX) being better, but that will also get sent through your motherboard's amplifier before going to the speakers which might degrade the sound quality. If you have the option try both and see what you like better, or even if any difference is there at all.
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