What audio jacks are which?

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I plan on getting the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro with a ModMic. But, I'm not sure which 3.5 audio jack is sheerly for audio output and which is for microphone. Or, do I not need to worry because the information will be in the motherboard manuel? Please help.
 

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Depends on what motherboard you will be getting. Typically, the 3.5mm audio jacks at the rear panel are color-coded (if not labelled) as such:

For 3x Audio Jacks:


For 6x Audio Jacks:


For example:


Some motherboards do not have any color-coding in the audio jack panel such as this:


But it will be appropriately labelled in the motherboard's User Manual:
 

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this visual aid is useful, but i still don't know what goes where. I'm going to have a mic, headphones, and speakers, so which go where?
 

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Speakers - connected to:

If you have a typical 2ch or 2.1ch speaker system (where there is only one 3.5mm jack connecting all the speakers/sub-woofer), you will connect that jack to the Line-Out (usu. green color) at the I/O panel of your motherboard located at the back of your case.

If you have a 5.1ch or 7.1ch, with all speakers/sub-woofer having individual jacks (no amplifier), follow the instructions/visuals of the mobo's manual, depending on your chosen motherboard, where each speaker is connected to each of the colored jacks.


Headphones - connected to:

Option A: Connect the 3.5mm jack of your headphone to your case's front panel Headphone-Out jack, usually located either at the front or at the top (sometimes at the side) of your case. It has usually a headphone icon drawn above it. This jack of your case will be connected to your motherboard's 9-pin HD Audio header via a cable that comes with your case.


Option B: If your speaker system has a Headphone-Out jack, you can also connect such headphones directly to the speaker's (or amp's) Headphone-Out jack. Some monitors also have this out jack where you can connect your headphone to.


Mic - connect to:

Option A: Connect the 3.5mm jack of your microphone to your case's front panel Mic-In jack, usually located either at the front or at the top (sometimes at the side) of your case. It has usually a microphone icon drawn above it. This jack will also be connected to your motherboard's 9-pin HD Audio header.

Option B: Connect the 3.5mm jack of your microphone to the Mic-Out (usu. pink color) at the I/O panel of your motherboard located at the back of your case.
 

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