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how do I use headphone and speaker simultaneously?

By erwin1978
Mar 26, 2003
  1. My soundcard has front/rear/headphone channels. I would like to play music through the speakers and still be able to listen to my headphone; is this possible? Basically, I want to be like my own private DJ. I would like to use the headphone to listen to another music while another music is playing through the speakers.
     
  2. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    Try connecting your speakers to the 'line out' jack (if they are powered speakers) on the soundcard.

    What connections are available on the soundcard?
    What connection are you connecting your headphones and speakers to?
     
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    You will definently not be able to direct different sound to different outputs on your soundcard: front, rear, headphones and line out will play the same sound. If you want to have different outputs, you need to buy another soundcard.
     
  4. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    Nodsu ...
    You will definitely not be able to direct different sound to different outputs on your soundcard: front, rear, headphones and line out will play the same sound.


    Very good point Nodsu.

    What you might be able to do is listen to a music CD using the headphone jack on the cdrom drive, whilst normal PC sounds play through the speakers. You will of course need to mute the cdrom sound on the sound mixer (on task bar). I haven't personally tried this, but its work a go. Too bad if you have mp3's though.
     
  5. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,871

    You would need another sound card, and would need to set the specific applications to use the cards in respect to whether you are using the headphones or speakers with that particular app.
     
  6. NOTNorMaL

    NOTNorMaL TS Rookie

    I used an audio splitter to split my Line_out connector....

    Now i have my frontspeakers and Headphones on Line_out

    Works pretty well :p
     
  7. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,871

    That isn't what he is wanting to do. He wants to use two different sound sources at the same time, eg. Winamp and WMP. He would listen to one through speakers and the other through headphones. This requires more than one sound card.
     
  8. NOTNorMaL

    NOTNorMaL TS Rookie

    hehe... Well, just ignore me

    My name says it all really ! :blush:
     
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