Audio Speaker / Headset Switching Hub, Manhattan 172851

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Audio Speaker / Headset Switching Hub, Manhattan 172851

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Weekly /r/Gadgets Advice Superthread! [R]

8 months, 4 weeks agoJudgeHoltman posted submission on gadgets.
Jan. 21, 2019

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8 months, 4 weeks agoJudgeHoltman posted comment on gadgets.
Jan. 21, 2019

Discount version: Audio Speaker Switch.

Less discount version: Sound bar that takes multiple inputs.

Doing a proper 5.1 surround sound system with multiple speakers is going to get fucky though. If the "theater" has the "front" speakers, you're going to be hearing things backwards when using the PC.

With some tryhard effort on the surround sound configuration settings on your PC, I think you can make the back speakers your front and the front the back, but at that point you may want to consider just buying a 2nd sound bar.

Also, have you considered running an HDMI cable from your PC to the TV? Duplicate the screens and you can play games or stream internet-only stuff on the TV.

Your Sound Solutions With a Monitor [R]

1 year, 6 months agoOnuma1 posted submission on AlternativeAmazonVGF.
April 2, 2018

I’ve been using a 32 inch Sony Bravia for quite a while now. It has a really low input lag and the sound has been really good. However, I’ve had it for a long time and the light is getting dimmer and dimmer. When I hook up my laptop to it, it looks a lot worse than the display on my laptop. With gaming, it’s good. But it’s also 720p.

So in a few weeks I’m swapping it with a brand new 32 inch LG monitor at full 1080p. Only problem I’m having is sound. I’m not sure what to choose. I don’t want to use headphones. I was wondering what my fellow VGFers have in this department for speaker setups. The main goal here is to not have a noticeable tin can sound. I want it to be somewhat full, but not more than $50.

Thanks for the help!

1 year, 6 months agoOnuma1 posted comment on AlternativeAmazonVGF.
April 7, 2018

I've been using one of these for about a decade. It's not cool looking, but it's simple, effective, and inexpensive.

My mic isn't hooked through it anymore, since that is USB, and I've never tried a 2.5mm headset (cell phone or XB360 style) with it, but I tend to choose form over function.

Searching for equivalent to SoundBlaster desktop audio control module [R]

1 year, 7 months agoVanApe posted submission on pcmods.
March 13, 2018

I'm looking for something like this:
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/31woGlcPutL.jpg

But I don't need to buy a new sound card, nor do I want an external usb soundcard with audio connectors.
I'm looking for something to sit on the desktop and switch between the headset & mic and speakers.
The audio at the rear of the PC is amplified for headsets, and the case front audio connectors do not enjoy this feature.

My google-fu has failed me.
Any ideas?

Edit: This is the closest I can get to it, but was looking for something of the quality in the SB products:
https://www.amazon.com/DROK-Computer-Headphones-Converter-Switching/dp/B015E5UI8Y/

1 year, 7 months agoVanApe posted comment on pcmods.
March 14, 2018

https://www.amazon.com/Speaker-Headset-Switching-Manhattan-172851/dp/B000K8PH8C/ref=pdlpovtph147lpt3?encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=H0M2E333ZJX4Q9T3PMP5&dpID=415VJ4uVQ5L&preST=SX300QL70&dpSrc=detail

You might want to look for something like this then. Not sure if that one is any good, just trying to give you a base for your search.

My headphones are not being detected windows 10 [R]

1 year, 8 months agoAspirant_Fool posted submission on techsupport.
Feb. 13, 2018

Troubleshooting Help:

(PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

TypeItemPrice
CPUIntel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core ProcessorPurchased For €295.00
CPU CoolerTitan - TTC-NC95TZ(RB) 53.0 CFM CPU CoolerPurchased For €40.00
MotherboardGigabyte - Z370 AORUS GAMING WIFI (rev. 1.0) ATX LGA1151 MotherboardPurchased For €160.50
MemoryG.Skill - Trident Z RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3600 MemoryPurchased For €265.00
StorageCrucial - MX300 525GB M.2-2280 Solid State DrivePurchased For €151.00
Video CardPalit - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Super JetStream Video CardPurchased For €539.00
CaseNZXT - H440 (Orange/Black) ATX Mid Tower CasePurchased For €160.00
Power SupplyCooler Master - 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power SupplyPurchased For €110.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
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Describe your problem. List any error messages and symptoms. Be descriptive.

My headphones are Sony MDRV6 . Myspeakers are HP BR367AA. I cannot detect my headphones on my computer, instead all that is shown in the "Sound" window by right clicking the volume icon is my speakers I have attached.

List anything you've done in attempt to diagnose or fix the problem.

I have updated all my audio drivers and have googled many different options. My motherboard comes with "SoundBlaster 3Di" audio which has many and multiple settings but nothing like the Realtek audio software setting "Enable Multi-playback Streaming". Only my speakers are visually represented on my computer however when I plug in my headphones they then begin playing audio rather than the speakers, for me to play audio through my speakers I need to plug out my headphones once again. I would like an easier way to swap between audio outputs when rather than constantly plugging in & out my headphones each time.

I have attempted to download the Realtek software however it failed when installing and so I am left with the "SoundBlaster 3Di" software instead.

Under the "Sound" menu I have enable display of disabled devices and still there are no headphones.

Is there anyway to split the audio between the headphones and speakers rather than having them as one entity?

1 year, 8 months agoAspirant_Fool posted comment on techsupport.
Feb. 13, 2018

If the speakers have USB and 3.5mm, then they're using USB for power and getting audio from your built-in sound card. You'll have to look through the control panel for the sound card to see if it has that option anywhere. If it doesn't, you have a few options.

  1. You could buy a separate sound card with better options. I wouldn't go this route.
  2. You could buy something like this, which I also wouldn't recommend.
  3. Most monitors have a headphone jack, and your video card can send audio to your monitor. You could connect one of your devices to your monitor, and the other directly to your PC, and switch between them using the Sound window. Your video card's audio output should be listed as 'NVIDIA High Definition Audio', and there will be several, but you can right-click each and choose Test to figure out which one is connected to your monitor. If your monitor doesn't have built-in speakers, you should connect your headphones (or speakers) first, then test.

Looking to replace my HyperX Cloud Headset [R]

2 years agoCrimtide posted submission on pcmasterrace.
Sept. 30, 2017

HEY!! As title says, but looking for a nice wireless headset, my price range is about $100, would be willing to spend a little more if deemed "worth."

2 years agoCrimtide posted comment on pcmasterrace.
Oct. 1, 2017

No problem. There are some wired headsets with 10 foot cables like the Sennheisers.. you could still use the front with enough slack to wrap around the back and up from behind your desk.

You could also try your luck with something like this for $12 and see if it works for you - Audio Speaker / Headset Switching Hub

This allows you to only use the rear connections for speakers and headset/mic. Press a button to toggle between them, also has in-line mic mute.

I want my speakers and headphones to always be plugged in and the ability to switch between them. What kind of hardware am I looking for? [R]

2 years, 3 months agoJune 19, 2017

Pretty self-explanatory, but here's the catch. My front panel headphone jack is dead so I only have the one onboard audio out on the back right now. I hate climbing under my desk just to swap from speakers to headphones.

Do I want a soundcard? Some kind of external amp? Ideally, I would love something external that I can plug the speakers and headphones into and then just have a hardware switch to swap between the two, but I dont know if such a thing exists.

Current setup is a pair of Audioengine A5+ - Audiotechnica M50s - MSI Z170A GAMING M5 motherboard.

2 years, 3 months agowumbonumber9 posted on buildapc.
June 19, 2017

ahh, getcha.

something like this? https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000K8PH8C/ref=ascdfB000K8PH8C5038068/?tag=hyprod-20&creative=395033&creativeASIN=B000K8PH8C&linkCode=df0&hvadid=167141218295&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=10843108392117504593&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9007767&hvtargid=pla-305850148051

I want my speakers and headphones to always be plugged in and the ability to switch between them. What kind of hardware am I looking for? [R]

2 years, 3 months agoJune 19, 2017

Pretty self-explanatory, but here's the catch. My front panel headphone jack is dead so I only have the one onboard audio out on the back right now. I hate climbing under my desk just to swap from speakers to headphones.

Do I want a soundcard? Some kind of external amp? Ideally, I would love something external that I can plug the speakers and headphones into and then just have a hardware switch to swap between the two, but I dont know if such a thing exists.

Current setup is a pair of Audioengine A5+ - Audiotechnica M50s - MSI Z170A GAMING M5 motherboard.

2 years, 3 months agolillian_e1985 posted on buildapc.
June 19, 2017

Good choice on an amp :). This route might be better anyway since I can't find any audio switches that has good reviews. You might go through more hassle troubleshooting with a switch than plugging/unplugging into an amp.

The only one I can find that has decent reviews

https://www.amazon.com/Speaker-Headset-Switching-Manhattan-172851/dp/B000K8PH8C

There are no stupid questions thread - January 04, 2017 [R]

2 years, 9 months agoMussNuss posted submission on audioengineering.
Jan. 4, 2017

Welcome dear readers to another installment of "There are no stupid questions".

Daily Threads:

2 years, 9 months agoMussNuss posted on audioengineering.
Jan. 5, 2017

Does the Belkin switch work with just the computer output plugged in?

Also I saw this one. It might work for you.

Switch between your headset and speakers often, but hate going into the Control Panel to change every time? A free open-source program called SoundSwitch lets you switch between audio devices with a hotkey. [R]

2 years, 10 months agoVorthas posted submission on pcgaming.
Dec. 14, 2016
2 years, 10 months agoVorthas posted on pcgaming.
Dec. 15, 2016

I just use a Media Hub switch that lets me just push a button on the switch to swap between headset and speaker. This is what I use. It works very well for my purposes.

Bought new headphones, need advice to get setup on PC [R]

2 years, 10 months agogatormk posted submission on headphones.
Dec. 14, 2016

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2 years, 10 months agogatormk posted on headphones.
Dec. 14, 2016

Use a 3.5mm switch or hub. Probably something like this. Caution: I have not used it personally.

Is there a program that lets you instantly and easily toggle the in game audio of a game? I don't want to have to move all the sliders back every time I mute a game. [R]

2 years, 10 months agomorning19 posted submission on pcgaming.
Dec. 10, 2016

Yup

2 years, 10 months agomorning19 posted on pcgaming.
Dec. 11, 2016

Hey I used to want a way to switch quickly between speakers and headset. I use Windows 10 and this thing works perfectly for me.

Anyway to Mute Mic on PS4 Without a Mute Button? [R]

2 years, 11 months agoMrcool360 posted submission on PS4.
Nov. 20, 2016

I know on PC for my mic I can use macros to mute the mic for when my mom or my brother come in my room or I'm talking to someone and just want to mute the mic fast. Is there any way to mute the mic from a shortcut or something or will I just have to unplug it when someone walks in? Thanks.

2 years, 10 months agoMrcool360 posted on PS4.
Nov. 20, 2016

You can use an inline switch like this:

Audio Speaker / Headset Switching Hub, Manhattan 172851 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000K8PH8C/ref=cmswrcpapi_1QLmybA0XA7Q6

Or something similar.

How do you guys quickly switch from your Headset (for gaming) to your normal speakers (for music/movies)? [R]

3 years, 3 months agojohnny_fortune posted submission on buildapc.
July 17, 2016

I just go into audio devices but there are so many on the list and it takes like 10-15 seconds to switch the sound over. I know I could make a hotkey, but what do you guys do?

EDIT: Problem solved. Top comment. http://audioswit.ch/er is great!

2 years, 11 months agojohnny_fortune posted on buildapc.
Nov. 14, 2016

I'm using this nice 13$ audio switch from Amazon. Works well. Not the best sound quality but totally worth the price.

Simple Questions - October 22, 2016 [R]

2 years, 11 months agoCherryBlossomStorm posted submission on buildapc.
Oct. 22, 2016

This thread is for simple questions that don't warrant their own thread (although we strongly suggest checking the sidebar and the wiki before posting!). Please don't post involved questions that are better suited to a [Build Help], [Build Ready] or [Build Complete] post. Examples of questions:

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Tech Support thread (2016-10-11) [R]

3 years agodeathviahype posted submission on audiophile.
Oct. 11, 2016

If you need to ask a tech support question, you must use this thread. Tech support questions posted as top level posts are removed.

Examples of questions are are considered tech support:

  • Where should I control my volume?
  • Do I need a DAC? An amp? Both?
  • How do I configure my DAC or sound card?
  • Will my 4Ω speakers work with this amp?
  • How do I wire these speakers?

This thread will refresh once every few days, and all tech support questions outside of this thread will be removed

3 years agodeathviahype posted on audiophile.
Oct. 12, 2016

hey guys. I have a pair of SHP9500s, 598SE's, and JBL pro III speakers. I currently have the speakers powered by a SMSL SA50 amp. This is what my setup looks like. Now my question is, how would I go about adding an "audio hub" under my desk to the left so I can plug my headphones in without reaching to the front of my PC? Do I get something like this? Would that degrade sound quality? Or should I get a headphone amp to use alongside the speaker amp? Is there a relatively cheap ($100) combination of the two? Can I even use two at the same time?

Purchase Help Thread (2016-10-07) [R]

3 years agoapplevinegar posted submission on audiophile.
Oct. 7, 2016

Welcome to the Purchase Help Thread. This thread refreshes once every few days.

Requesting purchase advice

This is the only place in /r/audiophile where you can request purchase advice. Since we don't want to arbitrarily discriminate, it doesn't matter if your budget is $50 or $50 000, or whether you're inquiring about vintage or new - your question goes here.

If you want to ask a gear purchase question, it's of help if you read this guide first.

After asking a question, please have some patience as responders may not always be immediately available.

Headphone-related question?

Please use /r/headphones/about/sticky instead (we won't remove your post, but you're more likely to get a good answer in that thread).

Recording-related question?

While we won't remove questions about microphones or recording gear either, you'll be much better off asking in the /r/audioengineering sticky thread, after you've studied their getting started guide.

Proposed systems

In an effort to cut down on some of the repetitive questions, here are the absolutely cheapest systems we are willing to recommend.

Answering questions?

It would be helpful if you sort the thread by new.

3 years agoapplevinegar posted on audiophile.
Oct. 8, 2016

If you don't need isolation, I would suggest you get 32ohm 880s, that have a much nicer flat frequency response and don't need an amp.

Then you can even get something like this to connect everything and change the volume if your computer's output doesn't have any issues.

Otherwise this external sound card will be ok: https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Xonar-U7-Sound-Card/dp/B00E7QA9E0/

<META Question> can i post about things i am not certain exist. [R]

3 years agosaintsagan posted submission on HelpMeFind.
Sept. 24, 2016

Like things that make sense but i have never found, such as a cable that takes 2 AUX inputs and 1 output so i can plug 2 computers to 1 speaker? (Never found one ever, not sure it exists, but it makes sense)

How do you guys quickly switch from your Headset (for gaming) to your normal speakers (for music/movies)? [R]

3 years, 3 months agomajoroutage posted submission on buildapc.
July 17, 2016

I just go into audio devices but there are so many on the list and it takes like 10-15 seconds to switch the sound over. I know I could make a hotkey, but what do you guys do?

EDIT: Problem solved. Top comment. http://audioswit.ch/er is great!

3 years, 3 months agomajoroutage posted on buildapc.
July 18, 2016

How do you guys quickly switch from your Headset (for gaming) to your normal speakers (for music/movies)? [R]

3 years, 3 months agoMyMostGuardedSecret posted submission on buildapc.
July 17, 2016

I just go into audio devices but there are so many on the list and it takes like 10-15 seconds to switch the sound over. I know I could make a hotkey, but what do you guys do?

EDIT: Problem solved. Top comment. http://audioswit.ch/er is great!

3 years, 3 months agoMyMostGuardedSecret posted on buildapc.
July 18, 2016

With this

Simple Questions - July 13, 2016 [R]

3 years, 3 months agomajoroutage posted submission on buildapc.
July 13, 2016

This thread is for simple questions that don't warrant their own thread (although we strongly suggest checking the sidebar and the wiki before posting!). Please don't post involved questions that are better suited to a [Build Help], [Build Ready] or [Build Complete] post. Examples of questions:

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3 years, 3 months agomajoroutage posted on buildapc.
July 13, 2016

Looking for a simple aux port switch to switch between headphones and speakers with. (Poor illustration linked) [R]

3 years, 4 months agosageDieu posted submission on BudgetAudiophile.
June 13, 2016
3 years, 4 months agosageDieu posted on BudgetAudiophile.
June 14, 2016

I have this and it works great

https://www.amazon.com/Speaker-Headset-Switching-Manhattan-172851/dp/B000K8PH8C/ref=sr15?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1465885149&sr=1-5&keywords=headphone+switch

Connecting both headset and speakers to be able to alternate between them. [R]

3 years, 5 months agoRedVivid posted submission on techsupport.
May 11, 2016

Hello! So I have a bit of a help my laziness question. Basically, I have my speakers and my headset. Sometimes I need to use my headset a bit on the fly but I generally prefer my speakers throughout the day. So right now, I need to get up and go to the back of the PC, switch out the cords then come back and manually switch it over on my PC. So I was wondering is there a way I can connect them both? Like maybe a splitter or something? And then when I want to use my headset I can just pop it on and hit a button to deactivate the speakers and activate the headset? Thanks for any replies in advance! :D

3 years, 5 months agoRedVivid posted on techsupport.
May 11, 2016

I'm assuming you'd need an audio-switch, something like so: http://www.amazon.com/Speaker-Headset-Switching-Manhattan-172851/dp/B000K8PH8C/ref=sr14?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1462993983&sr=1-4&keywords=audio+switch&refinements=p_72%3A1248879011

This will allow you to connect both devices (speakers and headset) to your computer, and switch between both with the click of a button. Comes down to preference on exactly what type of device you want- as well as what your hardware requires (how many jacks are needed..etc)

Something to switch between speakers and headphones [R]

3 years, 6 months agohyggelik posted submission on pcmasterrace.
April 15, 2016

Let me start off by saying that I plug my headphones into the back of my mobo because it sounds better to me (Even if I plug my headphones into the front, my comp only recognizes whatever was plugged in last; Not sure if it's supposed to work like that). I also plug my speakers into the back, but I can only have one at a time. So, I have to reach back there every time to switch, which gets old quick. Is there something that I can plug both into and I'll be able to hit a switch to choose which one I want?

3 years, 6 months agohyggelik posted on pcmasterrace.
April 15, 2016

I understand he is more looking for something like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Speaker-Headset-Switching-Manhattan-172851/dp/B000K8PH8C/ref=sr110?ie=UTF8&qid=1460763378&sr=8-10&keywords=audio+switch

Hopefully technical questions are okay. Is there an external device I can plug into my computer's audio port that will allow me to switch between headphones and speakers? [R]

3 years, 6 months agoenigmasolver posted submission on NoStupidQuestions.
March 25, 2016

I only have one port for audio in the back of my computer that makes switching between speakers and headphones mildly inconvenient.

I'd like it if I could just leave them both plugged into this "device" and then switch between them (with the device) as necessary.

I'm willing to spend some money to alleviate this inconvenience, but I don't know where to start looking, or what this device would even be called.

Thank you!

How can I plug my headphones and Speakers/Amp into my computer when it only has 1 audio out? [R]

3 years, 8 months agosageDieu posted submission on BudgetAudiophile.
Jan. 20, 2016
  • I would like to switch from Headphones (HD598s) to my Bookshelf Speakers conveniently. My problem right now is that I only have one audio out on the back of my Computer. I'm trying refrain from using the front audio port due to how messy it looks
  • Speakers use a RCA & Aux. Headphones are a 3.5 jack
  • Is there an adapter I can use that can make it where the two are always plug in and can also provide me with good audio
3 years, 8 months agosageDieu posted on BudgetAudiophile.
Jan. 21, 2016

I really like this thing:

Audio Speaker / Headset Switching Hub, Manhattan 172851 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000K8PH8C/ref=cmswrawd-ohOwbFS5EDYX

if you can use aux to go out to both headphones and speakers then just get this. before I got good amps set up I had this hooked up to my speakers and headphones and then you just press the button on top and it switches between.

Can I set up mic and headphones independently on ps4 for party chat? [R]

3 years, 9 months agoJermVVarfare posted submission on PS4.
Dec. 26, 2015

So I bought some new headphones without an integrated mic, primarily because I play on my own but also because these headphones are comfier than most headsets.

What I would like to know.is of I can get all audio, including party chat through ny headphones while using a separate mic without an earpiece for my voice.

Does anyone use a similar set up ir know if it can be done?

Last part about my setup. I have a receiver plugged into the optical slot on ny ps4 that my headphones plug into as I game on a monitor without speakers.

3 years, 9 months agoJermVVarfare posted on PS4.
Dec. 27, 2015

It's "simulated surround sound" as with any headphones. But it uses the dolby bitstream over the optical signal. It does a very good job with directional sound (not great at above/below but excellent at 360 degrees around you) and it just sounds much better than 2.0 stereo all around.

The Mixamp plugs into the PS4 with an optical cable for system/game sound and with USB for power and chat function. Then my Sennheisers and Zalman mic plug into the headphone port on the Mixamp with the adapter we've discussed (I think the Mixamp actually came with one of those adapters IIRC).

I also have a small audio hub ran inline with my mic just for the mute function. But that's not required. Seen here...

http://www.amazon.com/Speaker-Headset-Switching-Manhattan-172851/dp/B000K8PH8C/ref=sr11?ie=UTF8&qid=1451260216&sr=8-1&keywords=Audio+hub

Do Aux Switchers(?) exist? (not a problem, just a question) [R]

3 years, 10 months agoTorschlusspaniker posted submission on techsupport.
Dec. 8, 2015

My speakers are broken on my laptop (that sits on my desk all day), so I'm constantly using my headphones. I'm looking to buy a pair of speakers soon. I just wanted to find out if there is such a thing as an aux switcher. I know there's such a thing as HDMI switchers, where you can switch HDMI signals at a click of a button, but I wanted to know if there was such a thing for audio inputs. Like if I wanted to connect both my speakers and headphones, I could simply switch channels without removing wires constantly.

Thanks for your time

How to stop headphones and speakers from playing audio at thew same time? [R]

3 years, 11 months agoRashkh posted submission on headphones.
Oct. 25, 2015

Here is my problem, I have my headphones plugged in to the back of my computer, it's much more convenient for me because my cable is quite long. Anyway i also plugged in my speakers to the back. and they are playing sound at the same time. I have searched for solutions on this but i have only found solutions to people having their headphones plugged in to the front. Any ideas?

3 years, 11 months agoRashkh posted on headphones.
Oct. 25, 2015

You can get something like this although you'd have to find one that matches your inputs.

Simple Questions - October 22, 2015 [R]

3 years, 11 months agospeaks_in_subreddits posted submission on buildapc.
Oct. 22, 2015

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3 years, 11 months agospeaks_in_subreddits posted on buildapc.
Oct. 22, 2015

I have the same issue. For the past few months I've been thinking of building one myself. I even got a "hair-trigger" switch I will hook in, so that when I rest myheadphones on its hook the switch will activate and change the connection, cutting the sound to the headphones and switching it to the speakers. Back in the day these used to be called KVM boxes, but I haven't really found anything similar in years.

One "lazy" solution is to just get a 3.5mm extension cord. That's what I did, one from my motherboard connectors to the surface of my desk and another one from the desk to the speakers. So at the desk itself I have this sort of manual switchbox, where I can connect the computer to speakers or headphones, and also the same speakers or headphones can be connected to my laptop (the computer I use for work). It's inefficient and cluttered, though, for sure.

E: Just found this.

Hey guys, so I was wondering could is there a product that allows you to switch between headphones and speaker with a physical switch [R]

4 years, 1 month agothe_Pale posted submission on pcmasterrace.
Aug. 28, 2015

I kind of need it because I cant stand going behind my pc and unplugging and plugging in audio

4 years, 1 month agothe_Pale posted on pcmasterrace.
Aug. 28, 2015

How do I use my Xbox One Stereo Headset on Pc? ( how to chat ) [R]

4 years, 7 months agologicmuffin posted submission on xboxone.
Feb. 27, 2015

I've search everywhere for the answer but I can't find it. Can anyone help me out?

4 years, 7 months agologicmuffin posted on xboxone.
Feb. 27, 2015

I bought that one, I can confirm it works. It's kind of a hassle to plug into the back of the computer all the time though, so I bought this too https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000K8PH8C/ref=ohauidetailpageo08s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 to put on top of my desk.

Need some help. Not sure what it's called. [R]

4 years, 7 months agocr0n1c posted submission on AskBattlestations.
Feb. 25, 2015

So I got an amp and some speakers. But I have a nice pair of headphones that I'd like to switch back and forth between with the press of a button/flip of a switch. Is there something like that? I see people with DACs and AMPs and I'm wondering if it's the DAC that does it?

If someone could recommend a cheap/nice one too that'd be great :)

4 years, 7 months agocr0n1c posted on AskBattlestations.
Feb. 25, 2015

It's somewhat tacky, but Something like this would do: http://www.amazon.com/Speaker-Headset-Switching-Manhattan-172851/dp/B000K8PH8C#

[Help] Audio cable type [R]

4 years, 8 months agoMistake_Made posted submission on 3DS.
Feb. 16, 2015

I want to split my headset with Skype on my phone and audio from my 3DS. I remembered someone saying they did this the other day, buy I can't for the life of me find the right cable.

4 years, 8 months agoMistake_Made posted on 3DS.
Feb. 16, 2015

I am not sure if this will help, but I found This online.

KVM alternative? [R]

4 years, 8 months agomidlifemomo posted submission on buildapc.
Feb. 2, 2015

Does anyone know of something almost like a KVM switch but only for audio and microphone? I want to run the cabling for my mic and headphones so they plug in under my desk.

4 years, 8 months agomidlifemomo posted on buildapc.
Feb. 2, 2015

Are you trying to plug into multiple computers like a KVM? Or are you looking for something like this

Found this for when I'm gaming and I want to switch sound from hdmi output to headphones quickly [R]

4 years, 10 months agoeeyore134 posted submission on pcgaming.
Nov. 29, 2014

https://code.google.com/p/audioswitch/

Simply put, right click icon, default sound output is cycled to the next one in the list.

If you have a bunch of sound devices you can have it ignore some of them when cycling.

Even does sound input switching.

Don't grab the 1.4 released, but the 2.0 beta, as the 1.4 doesn't change communication device so voice chat would go out to the old device.

Useful (for me) when gaming at night and i don't want to wake up the neighbors on the other side of my paper thin walls and I don't want to have to go thru 4 menus in 7 to switch the sound device, then repeat the next morning for my music

4 years, 10 months agoeeyore134 posted on pcgaming.
Nov. 30, 2014

I just use a media hub (Amazon link) that you plug the speakers into one side and headphones into another. It offers a secondary level of volume control and just swaps back and forth with a button press. I know if my headphones are playing that my speakers aren't and vice versa.

[Build Help] Speaker system for the new build [R]

4 years, 11 months agocarljungfan posted submission on buildapc.
Nov. 17, 2014

Hello! I have completed my first build and the whole thing is running great. Now, I only have a headset and with the holidays around the corner I think it is time for me to get a speaker system. I want black speakers at a reasonable price, nothing outrageous. Does anyone have any suggestion? Also if they have where I can just keep my headset plugged in and switch back and forth that would be great. I think that is what these do but I'm not sure http://www.amazon.com/Cyber-Acoustics-Subwoofer-Satellite-CA-3602a/dp/B0027VT6V4

Any suggestions or experience with products would be great thanks!!

4 years, 11 months agocarljungfan posted on buildapc.
Nov. 17, 2014

what about these instead of a playback

http://www.amazon.com/Speaker-Headset-Switching-Manhattan-172851/dp/B000K8PH8C/ref=pdsimcps_2/184-1135954-5370411?ie=UTF8&refRID=0FTFBBFRZNGS4RTYQZ46

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000069E1V/ref=olpproductdetails?ie=UTF8&me=

Let's talk about our [gear]. Controllers, headsets, etc. [R]

4 years, 12 months agoVorthas posted submission on Gaming4Gamers.
Oct. 20, 2014
4 years, 11 months agoVorthas posted on Gaming4Gamers.
Oct. 22, 2014

I'm liking my Creative Fatal1ty headset, I'm hearing impaired so sound quality really doesn't affect me unless it's NOTICEABLY bad. I find this headset to be comfortable on my head and it works out pretty well. Also so I don't have to keep swapping between speaker and headset, I also purchased one of these to swap between the two with just a button press.

Speakers/Headset [R]

5 years agotrustinbacon posted submission on techsupport.
Sept. 28, 2014

Is there a way to switch from the sound coming through the speakers to the headset so that I don't have to constantly unplug them? Thanks!

5 years agotrustinbacon posted on techsupport.
Sept. 28, 2014

You can get a hardware switch like this one or this one.

Biweekly gear purchase help post (2014-09-04) [R]

5 years, 1 month agogo_ninja_go posted submission on audiophile.
Sept. 4, 2014

Welcome to the biweekly questions thread. This is where you can come to:

Request purchase advice

This is the only thread where you can request purchase advice. Since we don't want to arbitrarily discriminate, it doesn't matter if your budget is $50 or $50 000 - your question goes here.

If you want to ask a gear purchase question, it's of help if you read this guide first.

Headphone-related question?

While we will not remove headphone-related questions from this thread, it is highly suggested that you use the /r/headphones sticky thread instead - that post contains both guides and other good recommendations, and you'll be asking an audience whose primary interest is in headphones.

Recording-related question?

While we won't remove questions about microphones or recording gear either, you'll be much better off asking in the /r/audioengineering sticky thread, after you've studied their getting started guide.

Silly questions?

Well, this is a bit tongue-in cheek, but the idea is that you can ask whatever small audio-related questions you like, perhaps those that would not normally warrant a separate post.

This thread is stickied, and will be replaced every Monday and Thursday. If you wish to direct someone to this thread, using the link http://www.reddit.com/r/audiophile/about/sticky will ensure that they always get to the newest version of this post.

Proposed systems

In an effort to cut down on some of the repetitive questions, here is the absolutely cheapest system we are willing to recommend.

Answering questions?

It would be helpful if you sort the thread by new.

5 years, 1 month agogo_ninja_go posted on audiophile.
Sept. 5, 2014

I'm looking for a piece of hardware that will allow me to switch between my 5.1 speaker system and my headphones with one button.

I tried getting a switch but it only works for my headphones. When I siwtch to speakers, only the subwoofer and center speaker work.

I'd like to do this without getting another sound card, but that's starting to seem less likely.

Any suggestions?

What do I need to have two audio sources share one set of speakers, but separately (one at a time) ? 3.5mm plugs from two audio sources into a set of computer speakers. [R]

5 years, 3 months agoleftystrat posted submission on AskElectronics.
June 30, 2014

I have a 3.5mm plug splitter, but it doesnt seem to work backwards. It is meant to send one audio source to two different sets of speakers (like two separate sets of headphones). When I connect it backwards (sending two separate audio sources into one set of speakers) one source gets muffled somewhat. Note: I do not have both audio sources sending audio at the same time. I will mute one.

What I am connecting are my netbook and my small tv to a singe set of computer speakers.

I already have a male-to-male 3.5mm audio cable and a female-to-female adapter and the previously mentioned 3.5mm single male-to-two-female "Y" connector.

5 years, 3 months agoleftystrat posted on AskElectronics.
June 30, 2014

Need help with an audio issue. [R]

5 years, 5 months agoaziridine86 posted submission on pcmasterrace.
April 30, 2014

I'm running windows 8.1 and want to know if there is a way to have some programs (CS:GO, BF4, etc.) use my headset and some programs (Web browsing, Spotify, etc.) use my speakers.

If anyone could give me a step by step guide I would be indebted to you forever.

Thanks in advance for your help brothers!

5 years, 5 months agoaziridine86 posted on pcmasterrace.
April 30, 2014

You could probably install a 3.5mm audio switch.

I bet somebody makes something like this, but better quality and USB controlled:

http://www.amazon.com/Speaker-Headset-Switching-Manhattan-172851/dp/B000K8PH8C

Or you could just route your PC audio to a receiver, and then use the receiver's output selector (via remote or USB interface possibly) to switch between bookshelf speakers and headphones.

All these solutions would unfortunately require money though :(

How do I have my Headphones (5.1) and Speakers (5.1 also) plugged in and switch between the two? [R]

5 years, 5 months agomjones1052 posted submission on techsupport.
April 26, 2014

Hi guys,

I have the following hardware:

ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Roccat Kave 5.1 Headset Logitech Z206 (I think?) 5.1 Speakers

My computer is in a very awkward position right now, and it's a pain in the ass to have to unplug my speakers and plug in my headphones, especially when trying to get all three inputs in the correct position.

So my question is this: How would I do this effectively?

I realize I could put my speakers in my motherboard and headset in my soundcard, but the problem is that when I plug anything into my on-board sound card, I get a high pitched EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE sound constantly. I've had this problem since I got my Soundcard. I took it out and it still happens.

I took a video of this so you can see what I'm dealing with:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awAzGLODCGM

EDIT: Solved! Thanks to /u/redrag0nn, This is now what it looks like. I done different masking tape to show which one is which color. I also taped all the cables together so I don't have to go fishing for a specific one if it drops behind my computer. All in all, I'm happy with this setup! I don't know why I never thought to just buy extensions and have it in a more convenient place. Will probably put it in an even more convenient place when I have the time to sort out my cable management. Thanks again!

5 years, 5 months agomjones1052 posted on techsupport.
April 26, 2014

Something like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Speaker-Headset-Switching-Manhattan-172851/dp/B000K8PH8C/ref=sr12?ie=UTF8&qid=1398567006&sr=8-2&keywords=audio+switcher

Also saw this:

http://www.amazon.com/Syba-SD-CM-UAUD-Adapter-C-Media-Chipset/dp/B001MSS6CS/ref=sr165?ie=UTF8&qid=1398566730&sr=8-65&keywords=headphone+switch

Or this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Plantronics-Audio-PC-Headset-Speaker-Switch-with-flippable-switch-New-In-Box-/271263727873?pt=USComputerHeadsets&hash=item3f28940101

A bajillion questions on my PC audio setup, please help! [R]

5 years, 10 months agoPantsofthepinkwalrus posted submission on audiophile.
Dec. 18, 2013

There have been a couple videos on the /r/pcgaming subreddit talking about gaming headsets and soundcards. I've watched these videos and it's made me think about my current setup and how I'm now more confused than ever.

Can you fine folks let me know how best to setup my system without having to purchase new hardware? Here's what I've got:

  • On board Realtek ALC898 Audio Codec
  • Creative PCI Express X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro Series
  • Sennheiser PC350 gaming headset
  • Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Digital Speaker System
  • Windows 8.1

Right now, the on board Realtek is disabled in the BIOS and I'm using 3.5mm audio cables (green, black, orange) from the X-Fi to the volume control for the speakers. I have the crappy Windows 8 drivers from Creative installed, as well as ALchemy for older games to be able to use EAX on games that support it.

I typically play with my speakers and only switch to my headset if I need to team chat or if it's late and I don't want to wake anyone up.

It seems like everything is pretty great, but my main gripe is having to plug in the headphones anytime I want to use them, and unplug them when I don't. I plug them in to the volume control for the speakers.

I also have a major problem with one game in particular--Lord of the Rings Online. I don't know if that game just sucks for audio setup, but I have to turn the master volume in-game down to 0.02% and then crank the system volume up to max to be able to hear anyone speak using in-game chat. Of course, this means that if any other audio plays on the system, or I forget to turn it back down after a gaming session, bad things happen.

So, what do I do? Ditch the X-Fi and its crappy drivers and go with the Realtek on board audio? Use an optical cable instead of the 3.5mm cables? Is ALchemy/EAX stupid/worthless or does it actually do something good? Are there other 3rd party drivers that are better? How do I hook up my microphone if I switch to optical audio? How do I get movies and games that don't have 5.1 to use all my speakers to their best ability?

5 years, 10 months agoPantsofthepinkwalrus posted on audiophile.
Dec. 20, 2013

How about just getting one of these, or something similar? Granted it's ugly, but it should work.

As for the game, it seems it's a game problem, you could adjust the windows mixer sliders to make the game the only "loud" thing (I assume that still exists in win8).

I don't think EAX is a thing anymore. If you switch to optical, the mic remains as is, that would only be an optical out. To use 5.1 speakers from stereo source you turn on CMSS-3D, set to surround mode at 50%.

Is there anyway I can separate my headphones from my speakers without the realtek drivers? [R]

5 years, 10 months agoDec. 19, 2013

In my playback devices when I plug in my speakers and headphones (speakers in front jack, headphones in rear), it only shows up as one speaker, and defaults to the speakers. Is there anyway I can separate them? The realtek drivers give me horrible static in my headphones. Here's a screenshot of my sound panel: http://imgur.com/a/opswg

5 years, 10 months agomajoroutage posted on techsupport.
Dec. 19, 2013

Pick up one of these. I have one myself and I like the convenience of having the switch and plugs right on my desk alot. Another option is to buy a USB soudcard.

And, well, holy crap, I just went through my Realtek settings and there is an option to split the outputs. So I owe you an apology on that one. Do you still have trouble with your headphones when your speakers are unplugged? If it's not happening when you don't have the Realtek drivers installed, it's likely one of the new settings that's causing it, which you should be able to change.

What is this called, and where can I get another one? [R]

5 years, 11 months agoOct. 26, 2013

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5 years, 11 months agotraken posted on buildapc.
Oct. 27, 2013

Ah, right then. After a bit more thinking, the closest description I could come up with is an "audio switch". Searching for that led me to a Audio Speaker / Headset Switching Hub, Manhattan 172851.

Audio switch and audio selector seem to get the most relevant products.

Do i need an audio switch box? [R]

6 years agoSir_Beret posted submission on htpc.
Sept. 25, 2013

So I have a http://www.amazon.com/Sony-Bravia-V-Series-KDL-40V3000-40-Inch/dp/B000SB9K5W

and I plan to use it as a TV primarily, but for now its a monitor.

I also have a Xonar DG and these speakers and headset: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VKEFN2/ref=oh_details_o00_s01_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and http://www.amazon.com/Turtle-Beach-TBS-2214-Headset-Surround/dp/B0056L959K/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1380143651&sr=1-1&keywords=turtle+beach+za6

What should I get so I can manage these two audio devices without the hassle of unplugging and plugging?

Also I plan to hook up an xbox 360 to the TV later on if that matters

6 years agoSir_Beret posted on htpc.
Sept. 26, 2013

I couldn't get any adapter and male to female cables to make the receiver option more viable? I could get the http://www.amazon.com/Speaker-Headset-Switching-Manhattan-172851/dp/B000K8PH8C/ref=sr11?ie=UTF8&qid=1380221754&sr=8-1&keywords=Audio+Speaker+Headset+Switch+box

But I just dislike the look so much. I can't find another switch box like it, though.

That's why I wanted to get a receiver instead. Worst comes to worst, I'd get that hub and 2 long male to female cables for the headset.

Do i need an audio switch box? [R]

6 years agowhiplash64 posted submission on htpc.
Sept. 25, 2013

So I have a http://www.amazon.com/Sony-Bravia-V-Series-KDL-40V3000-40-Inch/dp/B000SB9K5W

and I plan to use it as a TV primarily, but for now its a monitor.

I also have a Xonar DG and these speakers and headset: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VKEFN2/ref=oh_details_o00_s01_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and http://www.amazon.com/Turtle-Beach-TBS-2214-Headset-Surround/dp/B0056L959K/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1380143651&sr=1-1&keywords=turtle+beach+za6

What should I get so I can manage these two audio devices without the hassle of unplugging and plugging?

Also I plan to hook up an xbox 360 to the TV later on if that matters

6 years agowhiplash64 posted on htpc.
Sept. 26, 2013

There are audio switches available such as this one from amazon that may be what you're looking for. In Home audio there are many more, but you may need 1/8" to RCA adapters to make them work with PC-generated audio.

Help finding speakers with a headphone/mic jack [R]

6 years, 6 months agoKattborste posted submission on hardware.
April 1, 2013

I'm not looking for top-tier audio, but I'm trying to find some average speakers that have both a 3.55mm headphone output AND a 3.55mm INPUT for a microphone. (Not an in-line jack)

I have a headset for gaming that uses separate plugs for headphones and mic, but I also have decent earbuds for listening to music. However, the only working jacks on my computer are on the back. So, I'd like to find computer speakers that have ports for both on them, for easier swapping of listening devices.

6 years, 6 months agoKattborste posted on hardware.
April 2, 2013

If you want easy swapping then something like this switch might be of use. Or an external usb soundcard and set up an autoit script to change sound device.