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Using separate speaker for Music & Desktop audio

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July 11, 2012 6:33:16 PM

Hi there,

I am trying to set-up my PC so that it uses different speakers for music playback versus other PC sounds.

It's a fairly old PC, but have a Cyrus two amp with Canon 'dome' speakers connected to it via the sound card. This allows me to get some decent playback on my music collection. I have also connected two small PC Line speakers via the motherboard which I want to set as the default for games/normal desktop sound as this is less intrusive (my PC is in the lounge) for others.

Is there a way to auto-switch between the speakers in this way perhaps via Windows settings or piece of software?

Many thanks.

PS - I use Media Monkey and Winamp for music (free versions).

July 12, 2012 10:02:14 PM

If you click your little speaker in your windows task bar, select mixer. in this sound control panel, you can click the application's icon, and it will bring up a separate control that will allow you to change that application's default sound device. I have run into a few issues with HDMI playing nice with this method, but if you aren't using HDMI, shouldn't be a problem. This does save the settings as default, so when you re open winamp, they should always play through your designated sound card. Also, using a USB sound device can cause issues, as headphones tend to take over sound assignments.
July 14, 2012 11:06:37 AM

Hi there. Thanks for your reply. For some reason it doesn't give me the option to set the defaults for Winamp as you described. I haven't managed to get the settings sorted yet using this, but will keep tinkering.

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