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Windows 7: Realtek HD audio recognizes my headphones as speakers

29 Jan 2015   #1
Dynentan

Win7
 
 
Realtek HD audio recognizes my headphones as speakers

Hello

When I plug in my headphones to the back of my computer where my onboard soundcard is located, it seems that realtek detects my headphones as speakers, and as a consequence, the volume is way too low.

When connected to the front of my computer however, realtek detects my headphones as headphones, and the sound is much louder, however for practical reasons I prefer to have my headphones plugged into the back of computer, but the low volume is a bit of a problem.


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29 Jan 2015   #2
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

The rear GREEN speaker jack is for amplified computer speakers. When something is plugged in to that jack, the PC will assume its speakers, since that is what the jack is designated.
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29 Jan 2015   #3
Dynentan

Win7
 
 

I have five connectors on the back of my computers soundcard, a black, blue, orange, green and red. The only one that seems to work is the green one, but volume is really low.
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29 Jan 2015   #4
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Green is the speaker jack. The blue is Line In, Pink is Microphone in. Others can be digital out and/or for surround sound speaker systems such as 5.1 systems which require 3 connections to the PC.

Headphones are different Impedance ((ohms) than a speaker system thus one reason for the low level. Second, computer speaker systems have a built in power amplifier so the lower level isn't a problem.

If you must use the speaker connection you will need to need a separate headphone amplifier. Otherwise just use the "normal" headphone jack on the front.
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29 Jan 2015   #5
Dynentan

Win7
 
 

Is there really no way to change it so that the soundcard will recognize your headphones when you plug them into the back on your computer?
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30 Jan 2015   #6
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

That is the way sound chips are designed. There may be a separate sound card that you can install that will work a little better (more volume at the Speaker output) but that's the only option.
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03 Feb 2015   #7
Atreah

Windows 8.1 Pro, 64 bit
 
 

I don't think you'll be needing an amplifier, try the following first and see if it works as you want it to;

Plug in your headphones, then open up Realtek HD Audio Manager. After that, on the right side of the Audio Manager, left-click (you might have to double click it, or right click it and select "connector retasking") the green output jack and a new box will pop up. Choose "Headphones" instead of speakers and voila, headphones should sound louder .
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05 Feb 2015   #8
Dynentan

Win7
 
 

Thanks for your response atreah.

I have checked HD audio manager, and when right clicking on the green output jack on the front panel, it allows me to choose headphones, in fact the headphones mode was already selected -- so this clearly explains why the volume is louder and better when my headphones are connected to the frontpanel.

However, when I right click on the green output jack on the backpanel, nothing happens. There is no box that pops up and allows me to choose between speakers and headphones.


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05 Feb 2015   #9
Atreah

Windows 8.1 Pro, 64 bit
 
 

Ah, I'm sorry to hear my response didn't help. I would assume your chip just doesn't support it. If using the front-panel jack is not an option for you, I would recommend you get a dedicated soundcard or a headphone amplifier, whichever you would prefer. Although, if you do decide to go with a dedicated soundcard route, make sure it supports what you're looking for, so that you don't run into the same problem with a new card as well.
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05 Feb 2015   #10
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

I imagine when you use the front panel all it does is raise the gain you could try using it in the back then in Windows playback settings see if labels it as headphones or not in the front vs back, and if so you might be able to configure it when set on the back to headphones vs stereo under Windows options triggering the gain boost. If you decide to go with different hardware I recommend a external dac/amp combo like the odac/o2 since it's very decent for the money.
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