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post #1 of 21
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Hey everyone.

 

I have a creative titanium xfi soundcard.

 

I have connected my microhpone and headphone but if i want to connect my speakers, i simply take out the headphone cable and plug my speaker cable.

 

Now is there a way to connect the speaker + headphone but switch between them via software?

 

If yes i couldnt do it.

 

 

post #2 of 21
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Originally Posted by iARDAs View Post

Hey everyone.

I have a creative titanium xfi soundcard.

I have connected my microhpone and headphone but if i want to connect my speakers, i simply take out the headphone cable and plug my speaker cable.

Now is there a way to connect the speaker + headphone but switch between them via software?

If yes i couldnt do it.


not sure if this is right at all, since I dont have your card, but have you tried right clicking on desktop:

Personalize->Sounds->Playback-> select device you want (set to default or something).

I'm just shooting blind here

hope it helps!
post #3 of 21
I would do this if i were in your situtation.

3.5mm Y-splitter for speakers and headphones.

Connect microphone to onboard sound card and set it as default recording device.

Voilà!

BTW, i have x-fi platinum. This is how i was setup until i got an Optical S/PDIF connection.
post #4 of 21
If you can use front audio ports, they'll automatically deactivate the rear panel. I usually plug my headset into the front to turn off the rear. The audio quality loss is pretty minimal, but YMMV.
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post #5 of 21
You can change it in windows sound options but i find that unplugging the microphone is just less of a hassle.
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post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 

Thank you so much for the answers guys

 

I have a headset and the cables of the mic and the headphone are in the same line. They are only being seperated while being plugged in to the soundcard.

 

i have uninstalled and disabled the onboard sounds and i really dont want to use them as my creative xfi makes things sound much better.

 

However i just dont believe the setup i want is possible

 

I wish they could come up with a soundcard that had 2 line in jacks. 1 for headphone and 1 for speakers and I wish we could both connect our speaker and headphone to the soundcard and decide which one we want to use via the software. But it seems that this is not possible.

 

This is my soundcard

 

v2-36394.jpg

 

I am using the BLUE port (far left side) for microphone and the green for headphone or speaker, I hate to switch between them all the time when i want to use the other one.

 

I wish the other colors could have supported a headphone or a speaker too.

post #7 of 21
You could use a splitter to split the outputs.

Splitter
Edited by OCScrub - 3/29/12 at 4:51pm
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post #8 of 21
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Yeah I was also adviced about the splitter in another forum. Howevre would it have an effect on the sound quality?

post #9 of 21
Just volume AFAIK
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Just volume AFAIK

Be careful though. You're converting a single circuit into a pair of circuits in parallel. The reason it changes the volume is you're creating a net decrease in resistance seen by the sound card (although each device will see only a fraction of the current based on their individual resistances). Shouldn't be a problem for this card, but when you use a splitter like that you run the risk of putting too much current through an amplifier. The difference here is you are likely working with low level output that will be amplified by the speakers and the headset (presuming both are powered). If one sound source is higher resistance than the other, you will experience a volume imbalance (which may be alright, if you are using separate amplification at both the speakers and the headset).

In terms of general amplification:
If you have one headset at 50ohms connected, then use a splitter and connect another headset at 50ohms, instead of driving a 50ohm load the amp will be driving a 25ohm load. Always check your output ratings and resistance ratings before using a splitter like that.
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