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How to Switch between USB speakers and integrated audio

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September 3, 2006 11:16:53 PM

My computer is in the basement and my monitor is upstairs. I ran the video cable and USB cable during a remodel. I have USB speakers that work great that are at the monitor. I have a audio cable from the computer to my stereo (which is in different room) in order to play music. Here's what I'm trying to do .... I want to switch the audio output from the USB speakers to the integrated sound card. Is there an easy way to do this? I have not been sucessful. thx

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September 5, 2006 4:04:18 AM

Its a matter of selecting the primary audio device that windows uses...

go to the Control Panel > Sound and Audio Devices > Audio TAB > Select device under "Sound Playback"

Hope that helps.
September 5, 2006 4:58:40 AM

nice answer, i have a related question. Is there perhaps a way to get both to work simultaneously, i.e. i have a headset and get frustrated when its enabled and i want my speakers to work without going through control panel. Perhaps a registry trick?
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September 5, 2006 9:30:35 AM

I don't think you can accomplish output to 2 audio solutions concurrently, but if someone has a practical answer it'd offer great utility.
September 5, 2006 10:06:45 AM

A mixer can do it.
September 20, 2006 9:36:04 PM

If your USB speakers have a 3.5mm output you could always just plug that in whenever you wanted to switch over to the other output device?