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Using USB Headphones with a separate subwoofer

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Hey all!

I've been working on a little home project, and thought i'd reach out for a little help. I am a headphone gamer, but truly appreciate the rumble of a good sub. My main goal for this project is to attach a stand-alone sub to the bottom of a chair and be able to use headphones, but 'feel' every bit of bass (or in my case, every shot fired and every zombie killed!).

Case and point, i need to find a way to have 2 outputs simultaneously. I have heard that using a splitter works, but the sound quality is poor, and thats just not acceptable!

One caveat: my headphones are USB. I paid good money for them and they are wonderful, i dont want to lose them. It seems like the splitter method only works with 1/4" jack headphones. I also feel that i would need some software help as well, i dont know if drivers would allow 2 outputs in different locations (USB and sound card). I'm new to the audio world, so break it down for me!



TL;DR: Want USB headphones and separate subwoofer to feel boom-boom. Also, am audio dumb. What do.
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TL;DR: Want USB headphones and separate subwoofer to feel boom-boom. Also, am audio dumb. What do.
well.. if you used a surround setup, like 5.1 (you wouldn't have to have all of them actually connected, just choose that as output and connect sub to correct slot), you could use the volume control to mute all but the sub, while also running the headset.
edit: you would right click on your volume control, choose playback devices and set both speakers and usb headset as active.
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This seems like suuuuch a simple solution! I'm not at my computer (at work trying to look busy) to give this a try, but do i need any special drivers to run 2 playback devices? I dont click around in there much, and i know ive done it by accident once or twice on my laptop.

I'm going to borrow a friend's speaker system and give this a try tonight to see if it works. I would love to avoid having to buy a new headset and use a splitter if this works.
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you shouldn't, the drivers that run your jack speakers are different from the integrated ones in your headset. those instructions were for windows though, so if you're running mac, linux, or bsd, it would be different steps. as long as speakers are the default device and both are active, it should play through both ( may have to mess with it a small bit, but I know it works as I have done it on accident a few times) and then to silence the sub, select usb headset as default device, and it will cancel out the speaker output.
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Hi,
A splitter will make no difference to sound quality unless it is a very very poor adapter.

I fail to see how you would use a splitter cable with usb headphones t achieve what you need ?

I know some software you can choose what audio adapter you can use but i've only seen this in media players.

Games will only use 1 soundcard so you have no way to attach a subwoofer.

I use usb headphones and 2 subwoofers off my other soundcard, this can only be achieved for me in racing games that use simvibe and there is nway for this to work in a normal game.

If you want headphones and subwoofer at the same time you will most likey need to sack your usb headphones and use analogue or dolby digital live encoding whle allso using analogue outputs.
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