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Playing two separate audio sources to two separate devices?

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February 7, 2013 7:18:31 PM

First off, I apologize if this is the wrong place to ask this, but it seemed like the most logical choice to me.

Now, this is a little confusing, at least to me, so I'll try to explain it as best I can.

I have my TV hooked up to my computer via an HDMI cable and a monitor hooked up to it via a DVI cable.
I want to use my TV to watch YouTube videos and Netflix, but I also want to play video games on my monitor without the audio mixing.
Is there a way to make it so that YouTube and Netflix can play on my TV speakers while making any other audio play on my computer speakers?

I don't have an actual sound card, just the integrated sound on my motherboard, an ASUS M4A87TD EVO.
And my computer speakers are hooked up to my PC in the standard manner, I suppose? I can think of how to explain that.
February 8, 2013 3:03:28 PM

This was possible with XP, but last I checked, Microsoft left out this option in Win7. Still, there were limitations, as there weren't many applications that allowed you to choose the playback device.

In XP, you needed to do Extended Desktop view and have a sound card (mainly because HDMI wasn't available yet, and not all GPUs were capable of transferring sound). With your desktop extended, move Netflix to your TV and if possible, have audio played back on TV. If you can't specifically choose the playback device, then all you'd have is video. Finally, you'd do the same for the game on the monitor.
February 9, 2013 1:38:03 AM

I have exactly the same question as you RBrim. I have Windows 7 64 bit. I have a GeForce 550ti in which I have 1 DVI out to my monitor's DVI. I also have 1 DVI out to my TV's HDMI (DVI to HDMI cable). I admit I am slow on the HD technology.

I thought it was amazing finally having actual sound coming out of my TV's speakers while watching videos/movies. Before the new video card, I only had DVI to VGA and relied on my PC speakers. Not the case anymore, but unfortunately while watching movies on my HDTV, ALL of my PC's sounds go through the TV.

I want to have the option to split which applications output their sound on one of the two devices that I specify. My VLC player plays on my TV speakers as I do in fact want. BUT, I would like my Diablo III (or whatever games), any iTunes, youtube, etc... to output through my PC's speakers... not ALL through the TV.

I am experimenting quite a bit searching all over, I understand your frustration posting the question and I feel your pain. Hopefully we can figure it out!
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February 9, 2013 2:05:17 AM

If this helps I took two snip-its of the Windows "Sounds" and "Mixers" to identify what and where I would like specific things to be, it just does not seem to be as easy as we would like when moving an application like iTunes from say my Olevia232/HDTV to my PC Speakers. Currently the HDTV is selected as the Default Playback device as I had a movie playing and wanted the sound through the TV's speakers. For a moment I had what I wanted, my movies on the TV with the sound through the TV, and I was playing Diablo and had the game's sound through my PC's speakers. It either reset or I changed something and now everything is through the TV again... oh well hope this helps.









January 13, 2014 1:21:30 AM

RBrim08 said:
First off, I apologize if this is the wrong place to ask this, but it seemed like the most logical choice to me.

Now, this is a little confusing, at least to me, so I'll try to explain it as best I can.

I have my TV hooked up to my computer via an HDMI cable and a monitor hooked up to it via a DVI cable.
I want to use my TV to watch YouTube videos and Netflix, but I also want to play video games on my monitor without the audio mixing.
Is there a way to make it so that YouTube and Netflix can play on my TV speakers while making any other audio play on my computer speakers?

I don't have an actual sound card, just the integrated sound on my motherboard, an ASUS M4A87TD EVO.
And my computer speakers are hooked up to my PC in the standard manner, I suppose? I can think of how to explain that.


January 13, 2014 1:21:40 AM

Okay i know this is an old thread but last night i figured out a trick and thought i would share. So most people want to play movies on their second monitor (Tv) and also be able to play games and stuff using the pc sound.

All you need to do is download vlc player and in that once your movie is on go to the audio tab at the top and go Audio/Audio Device/(select your tv)
and hey presto you should have sound coming out of the pc(default playback device and the movie playing from tv
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