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Hello,
I have Bose Companion 5 series speakers, I would like to use them on two computer at once. I.e. I would like them to output sound from both computers at the same time, could this be accomplished with some sort of USB splitter or some software?
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-Falven
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Hello,
I have Bose Companion 5 series speakers, I would like to use them on two computer at once. I.e. I would like them to output sound from both computers at the same time, could this be accomplished with some sort of USB splitter or some software?
Thanks
-Falven

You could try and get a cheap receiver with two optical in ports. Then all you need to do is switch between input sources. There are actually several other ways of doing that too.
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You could try and get a cheap receiver with two optical in ports. Then all you need to do is switch between input sources. There are actually several other ways of doing that too.
Thanks for the suggestion, however, the speakers are USB, and I would like to receive sound from both at the same time, sort of like a mixer.
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Thanks for the suggestion, however, the speakers are USB, and I would like to receive sound from both at the same time, sort of like a mixer.
You'd need a mixer that supported (dual) USB, if there is one I don't think it'll be in a reasonable price range - you can't split or combine USB like you can with analogue audio. I'm guessing one of the PC's has a line-in? I think use one PC as a mixer would work, Windows mixer will mix a line-in with whatever else it's playing.
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You'd need a mixer that supported (dual) USB, if there is one I don't think it'll be in a reasonable price range - you can't split or combine USB like you can with analogue audio. I'm guessing one of the PC's has a line-in? I think use one PC as a mixer would work, Windows mixer will mix a line-in with whatever else it's playing.

So you're saying I should output the audio from one machine into an input on the other machine?
Say the USB speakers are connected to PC A. I connect an analog output from PC A to an analog input on PC B, and windows will mix the audio?

Here are the motherboards on both PC's. Can this be accomplished?
PC A: http://www.asus.com/ROG/MAXIMUS_IV_GENEZ/#specifications
PC B: http://www.asus.com/ROG/MAXIMUS_V_GENE/#specifications

Thanks again,
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try Virtual Audio Cable.
    
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nevermind. misunderstood question.
    
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So you're saying I should output the audio from one machine into an input on the other machine?
Say the USB speakers are connected to PC A. I connect an analog output from PC A to an analog input on PC B, and windows will mix the audio?

Here are the motherboards on both PC's. Can this be accomplished?
PC A: http://www.asus.com/ROG/MAXIMUS_IV_GENEZ/#specifications
PC B: http://www.asus.com/ROG/MAXIMUS_V_GENE/#specifications

Thanks again,
-Falven

other way around, if speakers are on machine a, you would output the sound from PC b into PC a with PC a being the middle hub for the speakers.
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So you're saying I should output the audio from one machine into an input on the other machine?
Say the USB speakers are connected to PC A. I connect an analog output from PC A to an analog input on PC B, and windows will mix the audio?

Here are the motherboards on both PC's. Can this be accomplished?
PC A: http://www.asus.com/ROG/MAXIMUS_IV_GENEZ/#specifications
PC B: http://www.asus.com/ROG/MAXIMUS_V_GENE/#specifications

Thanks again,
-Falven
You'd connect the output from the PC not connected to the speakers to the input on the PC that has them, and I've never used the SupremeFX's, it should be green to light blue though.

On the PC connected to the speakers, in Control Panel>Sound>Recording, select the Supreme FX's line in, Properties>Listen and check "Listen to this device" (on the default playback device which will be the USB). It should work, having two sound devices can sometimes be a bit tricky though.
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try Virtual Audio Cable.

I actually have Virtual Audio cable! It's awesome, but not what I need in this situation smile.gif

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Originally Posted by AlaskaFox View Post

other way around, if speakers are on machine a, you would output the sound from PC b into PC a with PC a being the middle hub for the speakers.

Silly me xD, thanks for the correction.
However, wouldn't I need to do it both ways since I want to be able to hear output from both?

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Originally Posted by Darren9 View Post

You'd connect the output from the PC not connected to the speakers to the input on the PC that has them, and I've never used the SupremeFX's, it should be green to light blue though.

On the PC connected to the speakers, in Control Panel>Sound>Recording, select the Supreme FX's line in, Properties>Listen and check "Listen to this device" (on the default playback device which will be the USB). It should work, having two sound devices can sometimes be a bit tricky though.

Sounds good, so I can just use a regular audio cable, correct?

Thanks for all the help,
-Falven

p.s. +reped
Edited by falven - 3/3/13 at 2:00am
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