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Windows 7: Is it possible to play sound both from PC speakers and out via TV?

06 Mar 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home premium, 64 bit
 
 
Is it possible to play sound both from PC speakers and out via TV?

Hi,

I have a normal desktop computer with a HDMI splitter that delivers video to my monitor as well as an image to my Panasonic TV on port HDMI 3 (HDMI 1 is TV and 2 is Playstation).

On my computer, audio is played using Bose Companion 5 speakers and this works well.

Is it possible to play audio on my TV as well as from my Bose speakers? My Samsung monitor does not include speakers so no sound will be played from it so that will not be a problem.

When selecting playback options in the Sound settings I seem only able to select sound out either via Bose or the monitor (that also delivers sound to the TV)...

Hope you can help me


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06 Mar 2013   #2

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Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

It is possible but it depends on the capabilities and settings of your sound card that you failed to list in your system specs, and unless you can sync up the two outputs you will have an echo.

The trick involves fooling your sound card into thinking it has two outputs for sound by funneling the TV sound through your microphone.

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06 Mar 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home premium, 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anak View Post
It is possible but it depends on the capabilities and settings of your sound card that you failed to list in your system specs, and unless you can sync up the two outputs you will have an echo.

The trick involves fooling your sound card into thinking it has two outputs for sound by funneling the TV sound through your microphone.
The Bose Companion 5 speakers include a soundcard so I do not use any internal ones. Hence I do not know what that might be - if any. maybe the motherboard has a soundcard? I do not know.

Unfortunately I need my microphone to other tasks on my computer, so using such a methode is not sufficient for me... Thanks for the help anyway.
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06 Mar 2013   #4

Windows Seven Ultimate sixty four bit.
 
 

It's completely possible as I've had to do this too many times with my HTPC (I like my headsets, others like the T.V. speakers).

Anyway, although I haven't found a way to do this with stock Windows 7, there's a program called Virtual Audio Cable that allows exactly this.

First, download & install it:-


Next, go ahead and launch up the new program on your start bar called "Control Panel" (Located at .\Virtual Audio Cable\vcctlpan.exe):-


Go ahead and modify "Cable 1" to how you'd like your sound set up to be, for this example I'll leave it at the default settings. Next, go ahead and launch up "Audio Repeater", there's two versions, a "Kernel Streaming" one and a normal one, personally I've had issues with the Kernel level one (Plays random high pitch noises), so, I'll be using the normal (I presume application level? Driver level?) one:-


Go ahead and select "Line 1" for the wave in and select your first speaker/headset as Wave out, along with BPS/How many speakers (Mono/stereo/surround) you'd like:-


Hit start:-


Launch up another copy of the program and do the exact same thing:-


Do this until all your headsets are connected to line 1. Now go ahead and set line 1 as your default speaker:-


Boom, done. Now I won't feel guilty about leaching off this forum without giving anything back.
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06 Mar 2013   #5

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AutomaticCoding View Post
there's a program called Virtual Audio Cable that allows exactly this.
this is free trial, $35 to buy... looks like the paid version would solve your problem though....

I would advise reading the reviews: http://download.cnet.com/Virtual-Aud...0067766-1.html

don't install for free/trial unless you are planning on purchasing.
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06 Mar 2013   #6

Windows 7 Home premium, 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AutomaticCoding View Post
Boom, done. Now I won't feel guilty about leaching off this forum without giving anything back.
Seems like a nice solution

But will the settings stay when I reboot the system or do I have to set it up every time?
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06 Mar 2013   #7

Windows Seven Ultimate sixty four bit.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hoggorm View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AutomaticCoding View Post
Boom, done. Now I won't feel guilty about leaching off this forum without giving anything back.
Seems like a nice solution

But will the settings stay when I reboot the system or do I have to set it up every time?
That's something I have no idea about, my HTPC is on 24/7. Contact the developer of VAC, I believe his email is on the site.
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06 Mar 2013   #8

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

If its not possible to do automatically, you could set up a script in Autohotkey to perform the configuration.

maybe there are command lines that could be utilized....
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06 Mar 2013   #9

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

It does support command prompt input: (hard to find info on this)

go to about 3min in



So you can set up bat files then either link the bat files in your Startup folder to have them start at startup or with an executable link to click on whenever you want to run the configuration.

Instructions are in the manual included with the program.

and some more forum type info: http://community.justin.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=7810
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08 Mar 2013   #10

Windows 7 Home premium, 64 bit
 
 

Fantastic Thorsen!

With AutomaticCoding's description on how to set up Virtual Audio Cable and your link to the video on how to make .bat files my problem is solved!

And it works perfectly!

Thank you both!
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