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Windows 7: Headset vs External Speakers


21 Mar 2011   #1

Windows XP
 
 
Headset vs External Speakers

Would anyone know of a way that I could leave my headset plugged into the computer and toggle the output sound to external speakers or the headset?

The computer itself is in a room where some else might be watching television. Of course, I can find my headset and plug them to keep the sound from coming out of the external speakers, but instead of this constant plug in/out a toggle of some sort would be quicker.

Thanks.

Jim

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23 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lykele View Post
Would anyone know of a way that I could leave my headset plugged into the computer and toggle the output sound to external speakers or the headset?

The computer itself is in a room where some else might be watching television. Of course, I can find my headset and plug them to keep the sound from coming out of the external speakers, but instead of this constant plug in/out a toggle of some sort would be quicker.

Thanks.

Jim
Hello Jim.
Start, Control panel, Hardware and sound Right click on Sound and select make shortcut.

This will put a sound shortcut on your desktop which you can use to select the output device

I hope this helps
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24 Mar 2011   #3

Windows XP
 
 

Thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately, the only output device showing is Speakers even when the headset is plugged in, so I don't have any option to switch to.

I think the very act of plugging in the headset must automatically 'disconnect' the speakers.

I appreciate your suggestion.

Jim
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24 Mar 2011   #4

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

You could do as I do, and use a splitter plug into which you plug both the speakers and the headset into the same socket on the sound card. That way you get audio out of both simultaneously. I control which I want to use by the power switches on either the speakers or the headset.
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25 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
You could do as I do, and use a splitter plug into which you plug both the speakers and the headset into the same socket on the sound card. That way you get audio out of both simultaneously. I control which I want to use by the power switches on either the speakers or the headset.
this. unless your headset is USB it will be recognized as the same device as your speakers and just route sound to either depending on whether your headset is plugged in or not. the only way to change this is what is suggested above as far as i know.
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26 Mar 2011   #6

Windows XP
 
 

Thanks for the input. Looks like a USB headset might be the direction to go in since it is a device that is distinguished from the speakers.

Interestingly enough, I found a program some individual created to assign a keyboard combination to doing the actual switching. I've yet to use the software until I get the USB headset, but many comments seemed to be very positive. So I might give that a try.

I appreciate the help.

Jim
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26 Mar 2011   #7

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Personally i can agree with using splitter's as this is what i have done for the past few years without problems. I use a XFi Extreme Music card with Logitech 5.1 analogue speakers and a set of Sharkoon Xtatic V3 5.1 analogue headset. All of course plug in via 3.5 mm jacks through 3x splitters.

This all works great and means i never have to change my input/output settings for any application/game.

If you do go for a USB headset you'll have to keep messing with the output from speakers to headset every time. Plus if you have any half decent soundcard then using USB headset is kind of defeating the object of having a good soundcard in the first place. But by all means go for what you feel you need. This is all just to give you something else to think about
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27 Mar 2011   #8

Windows XP
 
 

I think you might be right, Taylorig. Seems like the splitter is the simplest solution and the cheapest. I'm going to give that a try first.

Can you tell me do you notices any decrease in volume by splitting the signal?

Thanks for the input.

Jim
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27 Mar 2011   #9

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Nope, No decrease in volume at all. Really the only way you'd get any decrease is to have extra long cable's but even then they would have to be quite a drastic length.

Hope it all works out well for you anyway
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27 Mar 2011   #10

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Also, it depends on which sound card that you have. Splitters work better on my Audigy card than they do on my Asus D2X, because the Asus has slightly closer spacing between the output sockets. I can still use the splitter, but it is somewhat difficult to squeeze it between other connections, if the splitter socket is bound on both sides by the other connections. This is particularly true using Radio Shack's solid splitters, but I'm uncertain if other brands are less fat. There are also Y splitters, which use short lengths of cable to create the split, which may be easier to use.

Since this type of connection is done at the rear of the computer, if you use a wired headset, it will use a few few more feet of the cable to reach you, but I use a Sennheiser cordless, so that presents no problem.
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