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Q: Quickly switching between Stereo/Quadraphonic speakers

Hello everyone!

My desktop has a basic integrated VIA HD audio chip. For output purposes, I have a pair of passably good headphones (suitable for music, films and games) as well as the integrated speakers in my LCD screen, which are awful but perfectly fine for podcasts, YouTube, alarm clocks, chatting on Skype, non-immersive games etc. Currently, the headphones are connected as the front speakers, and the monitor as the rear speakers. (My case also has front connectors for headphones, but I prefer not to use those since (a) the sound cable would get in the way and (b) the sound quality is slightly, but noticeably worse.)

What I'd like to do is to be able to turn the monitor's speakers on and off as quickly and easily as possible.

Unfortunately, the monitor doesn't have a Mute button - or rather, it's buried in the annoyingly slow OSD, and turning the speakers on/off requires nine button presses, taking around ten seconds every time.

What I do right now is: right click on the volume icon -> Playback devices -> "Speakers" -> Configure -> switch either to Stereo or Quadraphonic -> click 'next/finish' three times -> Click OK. This is faster than using the monitor "Mute", but not by much.

Here's the idea I had: if the stereo/quadraphonic setting for my default speakers happens to be stored as a Registry entry, and if the change takes effect immediately even upon manually editing the Registry, I could just put two .reg files on my desktop and switch the monitor speakers on/off with a double click (or give them a shortcut and a keyboard quickbind).

Does anyone know if the above could work, and where such a Registry entry might be located? Or any other approach that might achieve what I want?

Thank you for reading this!

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A: Quickly switching between Stereo/Quadraphonic speakers

The usual and the way it's designed to work is you connect your speakers to the rear GREEN speaker jack on the PC (stereo speakers) or to multiple output jacks for 5.1, 7.1 speaker systems. When you want to connect your headphones, you connect them to the front panel headphone jack and when you do that it automatically mutes the external speakers.

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My cables for my front speakers can only go in reverse as the cable lengths!
Is there any software to switch L/R R/L .

I have realtek HD Audio.

Thanks

A:Switching Front stereo Left and Right Speakers

If the connectors for the speakers are standard connectors, get some extension cables.

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I have no audio, but when I go to (right-click sound icon in tray) --> Playback Devices --> Playback tab --> right click "Speakers / Headphones Realtek High Definition Audio" --> Configure, then in Speaker Setup dialog:
* If I select Quadraphonic in the "Audio channels" list, I hear sound for the RL (rear-left) and RR (rear-right) speakers, with my stereo speakers plugged into the black jack in back. I cannot get sound when testing the regular L and R speakers in Quadraphonic mode; I've tried all 5 jacks.
* When I select Stereo, then clicking L or R speaker icon to test results in no sound, again no matter which of the 5 jacks i plug my stereo speakers into.
* So the only way I have sound is in Quadraphonic mode, but only for the back speakers. Therefore I cannot hear regular stereo output from applications, such as Youtube in Chrome.
This seems like a bug, or a highly unintuitive aspect of Realtek's or Dell's software at best. Any ideas on how to solve? (Beside buying full surround sound speakers)

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Hi everyone,

I've been researching and pulling my hair out, and starting to think what I'm after is somehow not possible to achieve.

My goal is to be able to record my screen, my speakers, and my mic (narration), while also being able to playback ONLY my speakers to my headphones.

Basically, I wish to monitor ONLY the speaker audio, WITHOUT my mic (narration).

I thought I could achieve this by using Realtek HD Audio Manager, which allows you to playback two different audio streams simultaneously. However, it would seem that only certain Windows applications which are written to give you the option of changing the playback device can take advantage of this feature. The particular Windows application which I am recording does not give me that option.

So essentially I am wondering if there is a way to force an application to output to a particular playback device, ie. the Realtek HD Audio 2nd Output. The Realtek HD Audio 2nd Output would play to my headphones (application audio ONLY) while at the same time I would be able to record my screen, my speakers, and my mic all together at once.

I did find this post which broke my heart as it seems this might not be possible due to Windows only providing a single mixer, but wanted to try asking around here too -> Different audio output for certain programs [Solved] - Multimedia - Apps General Discussion

PC Info:
Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1 (64 bit)
Intel Pentium Dual Core E5300 2.6Ghz
6GB RAM
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A:Record Stereo Mix (mic+speakers) AND output ONLY speakers to headphone

Windows only allows one default audio playback device. There may be some third party program that will do what you want, but not with the default Windows options.

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My computer has 3 monitors in NVIDIA surround configuration. I also have very special sound settings with my creative X-FI card that I want to use when gaming.

Long story short, I also have my television pluged in my system (pluged with HDMI and has to be disabled for NVIDIA Surround to work). And when I want to switch from desktop/gaming to television mode, I have to disable my NVIDIA Surround, and make a duplicate of my central monitor to my television. It sounds simple, but really each time it requires a few minutes of messing around because I don't get the good duplicate or what not. Also I need to re-configure my sound system from a headphone+buttkicker system. And then adjust my creative setting to go into my 5.1 system, with 3D surround, dolby etc..

Basically, each time I switch from my computer to the television, I need like 5minutes of configuration. Also changing all of these settings is way to complicated when I'm not home for my girlfriend to do that.

Yesterday I thought I had the brightess idea. I thought I could just create a new Windows user with different monitor configurations and different sound configuration. So when I'd be on desktop/gamming and wanted to go on the TV, I would just "Switch user"!

Thing is, those kind of hardware settings carry over different windows session... .

This is kinda annoying, I was wondering if perhaps you guys had any idea what I could do?

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A:Need a solution for switching to different hardware configuration quickly.

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I tried to do some digging in the previous posts, but I couldn't find much.

I'm running Windows 7 Pro, 32bit. My Soundcard is a Creative SoundBlaster Live! Series WDM.

I have all my speakers plugged in, and I can decent quality audio from them, however the middle one doesn't function at all. The sub doesn't really sound like its supposed to either.

When I go into the

Control panel > Sound > I get two devices "Creative SB Live! Series (WDM)" and "Soundmax Integrated Digital Audio" are the two devices listed, when I press the configure button the only two options I have are Mono, and Stereo. On Windows XP, I had the option to pick 5.1 and I do not anymore.

When I went to the Creative website to download the driver for Win7Prox32, they only had the driver for 7Prox64.

So my question is this, what can I do to make this work? Under the control panel, I have no other sound related options to pick.

A:Having trouble switching from Stereo to 5.1 in Win7x32

I tried installing the drivers listed on the Sticky, the automatic setup just gave me the error that no supported device was found.

So I tried to apply it manually as the instructions described, and now Windows keeps telling me there is no need to update, its up to date.

But I still have the same problem. .

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Ive searched google and this forum and have found no solid answer for my frustrating problem.

In previous OS I've pluged in my mic and go 'test test' and I would hear myself, in real time, through the speakers.

Vista does not do this apparetnly/

To make matters worse, the mic will not feed through the stereo mix (because it wont come through the speakers?).

I definetly have all this enabled, all hidden things revealed. I've rolled back teh drivers for the sound card, updated them, updated them again, shut down, restarted, tried a million different settings and STILL no mic for stereo mix or speakers.
I can see the green bars going when I speak, and it works in programs like skype.

But this stereo mix is a big problem. I similcast an internet radio and TV show. In order to broadcast the audio from the music videos I play on the TV show over the Shoutcast radio server, I need stereo mix. However, I also need full use of my mic because a tv and radio show without a mic is pretty boring.

Has ANYONE found a solution to this problem or should I just downgrade to XP, which runs my audio settings without hassle.



I have Vista home premium 32bit on a toshiba laptop with a realtek high def audio soundcard. I am trying to use front jack mic but there is also a built in mic.

A:No Mic through Stereo Mix or speakers!

-Start, control panel
-Hardware and Sound
-Sound
-Recording Tab
-Right Click in window, chose "Show Disabled Devices"
-"Setero MIX"appeared, Right Click and choose enable
-OK

Try this

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I have found that in order to use the "Stereo Mix" recording option, I have to have my speakers set as the default playback device. I have a USB headset that I use and I was wondering if there was a way to set that as my default playback device and still have my Stereo Mix pick up sound?

A:Using Stereo Mix without speakers

Unless the USB headset has its own control panel similar to the Realtek or Creative ones, then no as a USB headset in no way uses the drivers or features of a sound card.

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My speakers do not work together. I have checked my speakers in another computer and they work both at the same time. with my computer they only work one at a time. When I try them in different sockets first I get one to work and then the other but not together. It started when I pressed by accident the mode button instead of the button to insert my cd. The yellow light is now on all the time. I don't know whether this is relevant or just coincidental.
Also I used to have the desktop themes icon on my desktop but this have disappeared. Any ideas please?

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A:stereo speakers

Please reply to your original post if you have new information. Don't start a new topic.

Closing duplicate.
http://www.helponthe.net/tsgbb/Forum9/HTML/002005.html
 

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Hi Guys, i build an 5 channels amp and i have 5 speakers, i have an SoundCard with 5 channels Output, i found that if the song is just 2 channels the output will be to the Front Speakers, is possible to send the output to the Front and Rear Speakers?

Thanks in advance.
 

A:Is possible to Listen Stereo from 4 Speakers?

as long as you have front,rear inputs for your
amp that you built & front,rear ouputs,then yes
you can.

plug another jack (3.5 mm mini jack/RCA) from your sound card's
rear output to the rear input of the amp then you're ready to go.

& dont forget,the rear speakers connected to the rear output
channel of your amp.
 

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is there like a plug you can get so you can attatch the wire that is showing from the cable going into speakers i want to plug 2 stereo speakers into my computer sound card but the ends of the stereo speakers are just wire

any help will be appreciated cheers
 

A:stereo speakers into computer

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Hi Folks,

I have an Acer Aspire SA80-Z970 desktop computer that I purchased about 3 years ago. Some time ago I noticed that I was only getting sound out of one speaker (right hand side). Trying different speakers or the built in monitor speakers did not solve the problem. I've tried updating drivers to no avail.
I've looked at "sound effects manager - AC97 audio control panel" and everything appears to be in order. I've even tried resetting defaults. There is a "test speakers" option there that proves only one speaker is working. As far as I am aware, this PC has an onboard soundcard. I'm running windows XP and also have Ubuntu Linux loaded on a separate partition. The same problems occurs in Linux.
Does anyone have any ideas?

Many thanks

Martin
 

A:only getting mono from stereo speakers

Hi, sounds like(pardon the pun) a hardware issue, try the hardware forum.

Bill
 

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I was just about to order a nice speaeker set for my newly built win x64 comp., then I just remembered that there was an "aux" function in my stereo. I also found this ( I really don't know how to describe it) device where you can plug in a yellow aux plug into it, and then plug the device into the motherboard, and then connect the aux wires.(there are three types red, yellow and white). So, I plugged the device in (which looks similar to a video card, or sound card, or any other PCI slot device from the outside) into the motherboard. Then, I plugged one end of a red-white-yellow wire to the device in the computer, and the other one in the stereo, turned it to AUX, no results. Is there a driver I need? I did look into device manager, and it was sort of complicating to exactly pin-point which one it was though, but I don't recall anything working improperly.

Not only this, but I tried using the headphone jack. ~I have a whole bottom of a closet filled with wires...I have no clue where they came from but there are wires, I;m pretty sure for anything you need in life~ This headphone jack was actually unique because it had 2 sides that you had to plug in. One went into the computer headphone jack, the other one into the stereo's headphone jack. So...just imagine a headphone, it has two ends, one end a plug-in, and the other end two headphones, this wire has two of the plug-ins. This wire came with my flat panel that included speakers. So, I plugged both... Read more

A:Stereo speakers to computer

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Hello all,
I recently found some nice stereo bookshelf speakers for free at a yard sale. They're quite nice RCA speakers, and I soldered the wires to a 3.5mm connector so as to use them with my computer. Still, my computer's sound card is unable to power these speakers, and the end result is quieter than my default computer speakers.

So I read up on the internet and saw that I needed to stick an amplifier between the computer and the speakers. I found this model on Amazon for about thirty bucks:

Amazon.com: Pyle Home PCA1 Mini 2 x 15-Watt Stereo Power Amplifier: Electronics

Now, my question is this. Do the speakers then plug in to this amplifier, and this amplifier plug into the computer? I believe this RCA splitter to 3.5MM splitter (Amazon.com: "Audio Splitter, 3.5Mm Stereo Male To 2 RCA Female": Electronics) would run from the amplifier and then plug into my computer, correct? Now.

My question is as follows. What do I need to buy to connect these speakers to the amplifier? Will the amplifier have a 3.5mm jack? If possible I'd like to keep the 3.5mm jack which I soldered onto the speakers on there. I just want to make sure I don't spend the thirty bucks on this amp and then find out it won't work or something.

Thanks for helping an audio newbie!

aa

A:Setting up Stereo Speakers

The only problem here is, by the time you buy an amp, and everything you need to get it connected properly, you could just simply by a small set of 2.1 speakers.

For example this 25W set:
Newegg.com - Logitech Z313 25 w 2.1 Speaker System
Which may, or may not, be better overall.


Unless this is just something you want to do, just because you can.
Im not sure the best way to re-wire everyhting to work on the PC though. Perhaps others would have better advice in that area.

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I occassionally connect external stereo sub woofer / speakers to my Vista laptop via a 3.5mm jacks & cable. Yesterday on doing so the laptop would not switch the sound over to the external unit but played my iTunes music through its inbuilt speakers. I swapted the external unit for another permanently attached to my XP laptop and found no change. I then played both external units over my XP laptop without any problem. It therefore seems that the problem lies with the Vista laptop and is probably a hardware issue. However I am wondering if it may be software related in that I may have managed to accidently touched a button or change a setting. I couldn't find anything useful within Control Panel Sounds and Audio Devices. Any ideas?
 

A:External Stereo Speakers

Please do not double post. Read the rules.

http://forums.techguy.org/windows-vista/1036141-3-5mm-jack.html
 

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I just installed Vista 32 RTM downloaded latest Soundblaster drivers for my XFI Fatality,windows test shows 5.1 in test as my speakers are 5.1 but when i play movies or music i only hear sounds in 2 front speakers and subwoofer,not 5.1.Vista bug or are the SB drivers incomplete?Anyone else having this issue?
THX
 

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I hope this is the right forum to ask.  I have a computer with Windows 8.1.  It has mini jacks on the back for line in, line out, rear left & right, side left & right, and center/subwoofer.  I'd been using the line out for computer speakers.  Now I have the line out going to a stereo amplifier.  I want to have the option of using the external computer speakers too. 
 
I know I could do this with a splitter, but is there a better way?  I've tried the computer speakers in all of the other outputs.  I went to Control panel/sound/playback tab/speakers/configure.  I tested the speakers in all of the other outputs, and the test works.  However, the normal computer sound (which is now going to the stereo amp) doesn't come out of the computer speakers in any combination.
 
Is there a way to set it up so I can use either?

A:using computer speakers and a stereo

Hey there,
You might want to take a look here to see the visual instruction that can help you do it the right way.
This is a visual instruction so you can see clearly and follow the steps.
I hope this helps.
p.s post your final results back. I'd like to know this was helpful.
Good luck boddy..!

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Hello ,
Im only getting mono sounds from my stereo speakers and headset
Years ago i had sound coming seperately from both speakers but now they just seem to be only playing in mono
Anyone know the problem?
Im using Creative Sound Blaster Live 24-bit sound card
thanks
 

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I want to get my MP3 player running through my CD player's speakers. Can anyone help?
 

A:Headphone jack to stereo speakers

Are you talking about a "boom box" type cd player? If so, your stereo needs to have some type of aux input. You can use the headphone jack of the mp3 player as an output but keep the volume low. Inputs are normally line level so they don't need a lot of power sent to them to amplify the music. Infact, sending too much of a signal into an input can damage a stereo. try to balance it so the volume you here from a cd and the mp3 player are the same. .1 watt is enough for the line level input.
 

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Hi I want to know if I can get surround sound with my SB Live and two sets of stereo speakers. How?
And is there a way I can use all 4 speakers and only 1 transformer?
 

A:Surround sound with stereo speakers

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When I use my headphones for gaming it tries to use 5.1 sound so I end up getting no sound from the center, only my left and right. I can fix this by going into sound > playback devices and changing the speakers configuration to stereo, but I was wondering why it isn't automatically doing this when I plug them in. I don't see "Headphones" in the list of playback devices whether I plug them in the front or rear or unplug my speakers either, only "Speakers".

Also I updated my audio drivers and played around in VIA HD Audio Deck. Headphones settings don't appear there either unless I switch from "redirected headphones" to "independent headphones" but then that gives me two audio streams or whatever.
 

A:5.1 Speakers and stereo headphones issue

The machine does not know what is plugged in. Only you do. You will need to change the settings manually. The speakers and the mike are the same thing, just different connecors.
 

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Hello,

I recently purchased an inexpensive sound card. However, it's a 5.1 card, and I only have stereo desktop speakers. I really don't want to splurge, and the El-Cheapo card didn't come with anything but drivers. Anyone know how I can make the sound card output in stereo as opposed to 5.1.

Note. This is WIndows 2000. I may or may not have posted in the wrong forum (may be a windows issue)
 

A:Using stereo speakers with a 5.1 sound card

I have windows xp but the way to do this should be the same. Go to control panel, then go to sounds and device. There should be an option for speaker settings there. click on advanced and then change your speaker set up. hopefully this will solve your problem. :wave:
 

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I Logitech LS21.2.1 stereo speakers , these are two satellite speakers and a woofer , i had a power outage last night and lost my monitor, when I hooked up my monitor i had to re hook up my speakers now only the woofer works.

I am running windows XP

thank you

Dan
 

A:Solved: Logitech stereo speakers

The surge likely damaged the speakers as well, in particular, the amplifier which drives the speakers.
 

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I know there's a topic a lot like this one on these forums, but the guy had a different problem and it was never resolved.

my right speaker is the speaker that connects directly to the computer and to the AC adapter. however, the audio cable isn't long enough for it to reach all the way to the right side of my monitor now that i've stationed my tower to the left of my desk, so the right speaker is on the left, and the left speaker (connected to the right) is on the right. without spending money, is there any way to reverse the stereo on my speakers using software, preferrably?

and no, you absolutely cannot do it from the volume control in the control panel.

thanks!
-syre

ps: here's the configuration...

CPU---------------R speaker .......... Monitor .......... L speaker
Power--------------' .... '--------------------------------'
 

A:Reversing Stereo on my computer speakers

Hello! Welcome to TechSpot

Other than rewiring the speakers (advanced users only ),
I can only think of some games I've played that have
a software reverse stereo ouput in audio settings.

There are features in various recording software that will
also let you reverse stereo out put.

So there is no way. (without spending any $$)
I could be wrong here but not likely.

If length of cable is a problem, (advanced users only )
just cut the shortest one and
lengthen it with (b u t t) connectors ($0.45 usd radio shack)
and more wire to extend it to any length you want.

There are stereo extending cables too I'm using 2 right now.
G'Luck
 

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Hi Guys, 
As i do not have a digital speaker set up i would like to know where (outputs), should i connect my stereo speakers (two front and subwoofer). Right now i have it in the green output, but looks like doesnt sound as supposed to be.
Am i missing something? 
Thanks in advance!
Alex

A:Where to connect stereo speakers? XPS 9100

The GREEN speaker jack is the correct analog speaker output.  What sound problem are you having?

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I have a pair of stereo speakers, and because of the length of the power cord, and the length of of the 3.5mm jack cable, switching the speakers around is impossible. When I put headphones into the headphone jack in the left (or right channel) speaker, the channels are restored to their proper place. Now every time, as a result, every guy trying to murder me on the right sounds like they're on the left.

I have a Realtek sound driver, and no idea what sound card I have.
 

A:Stereo speakers sound reversed

Sounds like an inexpensive electrical extension cord would solve this ...
 

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read a few sites where they say not to get the stereo speakers (talking 80's vintage here) too close to the monitor/pc because of the poor shielding / magnet interference from the speakers

how close is too close ?

talking speaker about 8-10 inches from PC at the same level, monitor about the same horizontal distance but 12-15 inches above

ideas?
 

A:Stereo speakers close to PC/monitor ?

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I have been playing music from a set of external speakers. Recently, only the main speaker was working, the speaker into which another corresponding speaker is plugged in, as well as the power source. The other speaker simply would not play audio. Depending on the position of the input in the jack, however, the other speaker would begin to function. I have googled this to no avail, perhaps my wording was the problem. I have checked my speaker's properties in Windows, have up to date drivers, etc. Any solutions so the input must not be in the specific position required for both speakers to function? A wiring problem perhaps? I'm more of a software person, not hardware.
 

A:External Speakers Stereo Problems

It could be a loose connection.
 

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is there a way to quickly switch default audio from speakers to HDMI and visa versa with one click or even automatically switch to HDMI when displaying to a 'digital television' (or when an HDMI cable is plugged in) and switch back to speakers when displaying to the 'monitor' (or when the cable is unplugged i am doubtfull of this though as my intel graphic tray has enough trouble switching back to the monitor when the HDMI is unplugged i have to do it manually beforehand)

my main line of though is two batch files, one for switching to HDMI and one to switch to seekers, or one with an if statement i.e.

if (default_audio == Speeaker) set default_audio = HDMI
else set default_audio == Speeaker

can this be done

A:Quickly switch default audio from speakers to HDMI and visa versa

found this which appears to do what i want it to do Windows 7 Tip: How to change the default audio device with a hotkey sorry for any inconvenience please leave this thread here as this seems to be a common problem

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I have a real issue with my new hp notebook 17 - windows 10. I work with playbacks and sequences and I got this new laptop to play them using both stereo channels (Left and Right). The problem is tha the output from my laptop is NOT STEREO there's some left in the right channel and there is some right sound in the left channel.... THIS A BIG PROBLEM! Can anybody help me solve this issue? This is an urgent matter for me.... HELP Please! I already use an USB Audio Card, download the latest audio drivers, anything any forum has try and that didnt solve the problem! It is unthinkable that I can use stereo output in a laptop, specially when that was the main reasin I got it! My specs>Win 10 - 64bitsAMD A6-6310 APU4Gb RAM8130 25.12 System board Realtek High Definition AudioRTKVHD64.sys 6.0.1.7730 version driver My hp comes with DTS Studio Sound (if that helps... Some forums propose an uninstall of this "enhacement" as a solution but This can't be uninstalled) Thanks! Juan 

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Hi,

Windows XP Home
Dell DIM4400
Insignia Amplified Stereo Speakers (2)
w/ Subwoofer

What I want to know is, at what setting to PERMANENTLY leave
the volume adjustment that is on the speakers.

I noticed I was cranking up the volume using the "little speaker" volume control in the System Tray, and then also noticed the volume setting/adjustment on the (right) speaker itself was only about half-way.

Question:
Better to turn the volume setting on the speakers "ALL THE WAY UP" and leave it there?
or, use up to the MAX setting on the computer audio volume and leave the speaker volume setting half-way or thereabouts?

Could cranking the volume to max on the speakers damage or shorten the life of the speakers?
Or, are most speaker systems "built to take it"?

Thank you!!

.
 

A:Best VOLUME setting for Stereo Desktop Speakers?

Not sure exactly but I have found that it works well if I have my computer volume set half way and then use the volume control on the actual speakers to increase or decrease the volume as required. I do this as I use a laptop and sometime my stereo speakers are not plugged in so don't really like full volume pumping out of my tiny laptop speakers. Would be interesting if someone has a definitive answer.
 

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First, my motherboard is equipped with an optical connection.

Now, on the pc, (1) of the speakers fell in need of replacement (Klipsch 2.1 - but in all fairness, they have more than 5 years wear). Great speakers for the price, but pc speakers nonetheless, a world apart from hi fi quality.

Due to their age, I'm considering hooking up to typical bookshelf speakers.

How does this go?

pc optical connection -> connects to where/how on receiver unit?

Also, is another piece of hardware required?

- Would both like to listen thru the receiver/amp alone when the pc is not powered-on, and too, when the pc is running (itunes or what not) thru the powered-on receiver/amp. By doing this I can lower the time/wear on the pc just to listen to music and gain better sound quality.
 

A:stereo speakers - setup thru pc optical connection

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Hi! My notebook only plays stereo on its own. I tried hooking it up to my computer speakers, but it still went only mono. I will test the speakers on my PC to see if they are not damaged. Plugged a cellphone headset, but still mono. I also tried plugging a gaming headset, but it will only work in stereo as long as I plug the microphone as well. My headset is a Sades SA-708. Have you guys seen this kind of problem already?

Thanks for the help!

A:Notebook not playing stereo on plug-in speakers

Hello and welcome Blacksmith mate the stereo switch sounds suspect to me as it could possibly be shorting the right and left channels out somehow when you push the plugs in. I am thinking this because it does it with different plug ins why the headset one works ok I cannot say.

I think you would need to take a look down the socket - not that without vey good eyesight you are going to see much and opening the machine looking would be what I would do but then again I have done a bit of work with laptops so easy to say.

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How to hook up pc to stereo receiver?  Pc plays through logitech speakers but want to know how to also hear pc music through my stereo speakers.  Thanks

A:Dell Inspiron 3847 Stereo speakers hookup

Hi illninutt,Here's a video that can assist:http://dell.to/2guXYId

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The big overarching problem is that I'm not hearing voices coming out of my center channel when there should be voices coming out of my center channel. For example, when playing DiRT 2 there is clearly an icon showing that someone is talking to me, but I can't hear them. This also happens during Left 4 Dead 2's intro movie, lots of ambient sound effects and music but no dialog. Odd.

I think this is being caused by a larger problem though. My motherboard is a Gigabyte 790XTA-UD4 running Realtek audio drivers and a Logitech THX 5.1 surround system plugged into the line in jacks on said mobo. Here's what's happening:
The audio manager clearly indicates when I plug in the subwoofer/center channel, rear speakers etc, but when I do the audio test I only get sound from my left and right channels.
I tried hooking up my speakers to my SPDIF out, but I get no sound at all when conducting the speaker test. The cable is good, so that's not the problem. Unlike the line in inputs, there is no indication whatsoever that I have plugged in an optical device which seems odd to me. The red light is on in the SPDIF out port which means it should be working correct?
Same deal with the coax output. No sound or indication that anything has been plugged in.
Here's where it gets more odd. When I play my games the sound comes from all speakers. All 5.1, except for the utter lack of voices from the center channel even though I can hear other sound coming from the c... Read more

A:5.1 speakers only delivering stereo sound. Could this be part of a larger problem?

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Hello,

I recently upgraded to Windows 8. Previously on Windows 7 I was able to switch between speakers and USB headset on the fly by clicking "set device as default" in windows sound options, without closing media player.

Now that I'm on Windows 8, I can't do that anymore: whenever I make another device default, there is no sound.

Is there anything I need tick or change in order to get ability to switch between listening devices again?

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My old computer only had one audio output, so I wired it to a toggle switch under my desk so in the up position the audio was connected to my speakers and in the down position the audio was connected to my headphones. The drawback was that if I moved the switch to within easy reach my knee would bang into it every now and then.

My new computer (with an Asus P8Z68-Vpro MBD) has two headphone jacks (front and rear) as well as separate jacks for the speakers, so I'm hoping I can hook it up without using this switch. I don't want to be plugging and unplugging into headphone jacks all the time however. I would like to use one of the keys on my keyboard ideally. I have the Microsoft Wireless Comfort 5000, so there are volume up/down buttons and a mute button. The mute seems to mute both headphones and speakers however, where as I would really only want it to mute the speakers. (Actually I can get only speakers or headphones to work, but not both. Although this is not really a problem since I only need one or the other to work like it did with my old switch).

There is also a button on the keyboard with a picture of a headphone would seem to make perfect sense for purpose. (The default set up by the keyboard driver is to start the media player when you hit that button, but I assume I could use it to start whatever program or batch file I wanted to).

I explored the Realtek HD Audio Manager a bit, but I didn't see an obvious way to do what I want. I tried googling the topic but I f... Read more

A:switching between speakers and headphones

"Actually I can get only speakers or headphones to work, but not both. Although this is not really a problem since I only need one or the other to work like it did with my old switch"
what you describe is the way it is supposed to work--you plug in your headset--the speakers shut off

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Hi,
Is it possible to let sound come out of my laptop internal speakers
when my headphone is plugged in?

gz Jake

A:Switching between internal and external speakers possible?

Originally Posted by djakezz


Hi,
Is it possible to let sound come out of my laptop internal speakers
when my headphone is plugged in?

gz Jake



The long and short of this is no.

I've looked into this thoroughly in the past and it's just not possible

The only thing I have come across (other than having a corrupted audio driver) which might be able to do it is NTONYX - VIrtual Audio Cable 4 but I could never get it to work and I didn't think it was worth the money.

I hope you can have more luck with this than me.

Oli

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Ok, so I bought a nice USB Headset, it works GREAT. But, I would like to be able to use the speakers when I turn the headset off. Is there any option for this in Windows 7?
Everything I've seen so far says that the headphones/headset has to be wired, and then when the computer recognizes that you have unplugged it, then it will switch to the speakers.
Thanks in advance guys.

A:[SOLVED] Switching from USB Headset to speakers

Why would you want to leave the headset playing while you listen to the speakers, wouldn't they be slightly out of sync as they go through different decoding processes, resulting in the sound getting confused?

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I have just installed Vista Home Premium and noticed that I cannot do dynamic switching between headset and speakers.

Previously, my system would play sound normally through the speakers, and if I plugged my headset in, the sound would then play through the headset. If I unplugged the headset, the sound would again play through the speakers.

My motherboard is an asrock a780gxe. It has audio output on the back, which is where I have my speakers plugged in, and another audio output for the front, which is where I plug the headset in.

I have messed with setting the speakers or the headset as the default audio device. I have noticed that if I make the headset the default device, and play a game or MP3, if I unplug the headset, I simply get no sound. If I check the sound device properties, it indicates that the headset is unplugged.

So, I just want to figure out if there is a way to have the system do dynamic audio switching.

Thanks,

A:headset/speakers dynamic switching

hi have you tried an update of you driver this may help

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Hello, this is really strange. Whenever I unplug the speakers jack and plug in the headphones, the sound stops! I have to restart the application or run another one and then the sound is back. This is really silly and takes time especially when you need to restart some game. Why does it happen and how can I disable this stupid behavior? Thank you

A:sound gone after switching speakers to headphones!

Which brand or type headphones ? What sound stops, speakers ? This a Laptop ? Check Sound Properties in control panel when you do this.

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ok to uncomplicate things ive read thru the forums and could not find anything concrete on this problem of mine..

i have a gigabyte mobo/amd cpu w/onboard hdmi

my issue is sound switching right now as it stands, i need to manually switch on my pc between the HDMI audio as my main device and my PC speakers as my main device... on my laptops this is not a problem, it can automatically detect if hdmi is plugged in and switch sound over..

the main reason is its a slight pain to keep going over after a movie and switch over, nor do i want to disconnect a hdmi cable every time..

any suggestions how to automate this problem???

A:hdmi audio/std. speakers switching

Laptops have built in speakers and probably the reason the laptop has the needed hardware (and/or software) to accomplish this. On a desktop, speakers are not an "internal" device and probably the reason for this. I see the same issue posted on the Dell users forum.

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Although there are similar threads they don't seem to be quite the same so here goes...

I have speakers plugged into my integrated sound card, and a USB headset. To switch between them I have to manually access my Playback Devices and set one or the other to the Default Device.

Previously when I used XP, my speakers seemed to work as the default device but then when I switched them off (using the volume/off knob on the speaker) the sound would automatically be switched to the USB headset.

It was so simple - switch the speakers on and get sound through the speakers - switch the speakers off and get sound through the headset. Is there any way to get this same scenario working in Vista?

OR... I guess it would work just as well to have BOTH the speakers and headset working all the time - so I can simply switch the speakers off when I just want to use the headset.

A:Switching between speakers and headset (simply)

The way mine is set up I plug Headset in and speakers auto matically turn off....unplug headset, speakers turned on.

Pretty simple

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Hi Lenovo and everyone, I have two issues with the sound of my Y700-15ISK:I.When any Realtek driver is installed that includes support for the subwoofer, a high pass filter is applied on the main stereo speakers, making sound poorer and more mono-like, especially with enhanced bass using an equalizer.(High pass filter removes low bass frequencies from the main stereo speakers.)(When the default Microsoft driver is installed that does not have subwoofer support, no high pass filter is applied on the main stereo speakers.)Is there a way to disable the high pass filter? I would like bass to come from the main stereo speakers as well. I see no such option on any of the available GUIs, is there such an option from a Command Line Interface?If there is no such option currently, could you put this option in a subsequent driver release, or simply remove the high pass filter from the driver?If you do not have the resources to do so, could you enable us to modify the driver source code and create a custom driver without high pass filter? I am sure the community would love the enhanced music coming from this and similar laptops using the updated driver.(Win 10 or Win7) II.Only on Win7:Subwoofer is out of sync with the main stereo speakers resulting in echo.Happens using Lenovo's Win7 64-bit, Win10 64-bit, and Realtek's generic driver as well. Could you guys fix this? Does anyone have a solution for these? Thanks,Andras

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When I start up the pc and start playing on audio on speakers or on headphones connected before I start the application then everything is fine. Now when I start switching from one (speaker or headphones) to the other (headphones or speaker) then things are not fine. I've tested a few different apps: - iTunes: it switches audio fine a random number of times but then iTunes stops playing and audio cuts out - it does not hang, it simply stops playing and the time played does not change anymore (e.g. stuck on 01:14 minutes played). I have to reboot the app to regain ability to play a song on the then active speaker or headphones.- Firefox, watching a video (usually thru flash): it does not switch at all. I have to reboot the app to force a switch of audio- Windows media player: switches fine all the time ... Looking at the CTRL panel sound/playback devices it always detects the switch (the green V tick moves to the other device) but depending on the app: - iTunes: the green audio bars are no longer visible (consistent with above observation that no more audio is heard- Firefox: the green audio bars keep going on the removed device (so the green Tick e.g. is on headpones, but the green bars are on the speakers)- Mediaplayer: all is well The audio HW is Conexant Audio HD (1 combined audio/mic jack) and the speakers ar Bang&Olufsen (and HP uses an B&O app to set audio settings such as equalizer). All drivers are up to date (either via WinUpdate... Read more

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