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Hi, I bought some 5.1 speakers...Creative Inspire T6300.

I've got all three cables plugged in at the back of the PC, and my headphones are plugged into the headphone port on the front of the PC.

When I plug in the headphones, the speakers mute but I can't increase the volume by using the T6300's remote. I can only increase the volume through Windows and the Realtek HD Audio Manager.

Is the onboard sound different from the headphone port?

Thanks
Edited by A38907 - 10/10/13 at 2:56pm
post #2 of 10
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And isn't it weird for a set of surround sound speakers not to have a hole to plug headphones into?
post #3 of 10
You "remote" is hard wired to the speakers and only controls the speakers. Your speakers don't have a headphone jack. (that would probably allow you to use the "remote" to control the headphone volume).

You will have to use windows volume control or whatever app you are using to control volume.

On board sound is the front and rear ports.


Not really weird just a feature they chose to exclude.
    
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Your onboard automatically switches audio to your headphones when you plug them in, nothing you can do about that.
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Not unless there is a headphone jack on the speaker remote module... and I looked at the pictures on Newegg and Amazom and cannot tell. If you are plugging into the audio out jack on the front of your PC (and if it transfers audio properly to the front jack) best you get is speaker shutoff... volume control will be via windows volume control.

FYI - I tried these speakers (or ones that looked exactly like them) and I was not impressed with them at all. You can probably find another pair in the same price range that DO have a headphone jack on the speakers or a control pod, solving your problem. Assuming you can return these.

The Logitech Z506 is actually cheaper on Amazon and you will notice it has a headphone jack on one of the satellites with the volume control.
http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Surround-Sound-Speakers-980-000430/dp/B003VAK1FA/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1381441977&sr=8-7&keywords=logitech+speakers
    
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Originally Posted by DrGroove View Post

Your onboard automatically switches audio to your headphones when you plug them in, nothing you can do about that.

Nope. There's an easy and non intrusive shortcut that I found helps me very well. I just place these shortcuts on my dock and I can switch audio output source at 1-click, without unplugging anything.

Link here.

Hope this helps OP/others.
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post #7 of 10
Tried to edit post and it wouldn't let me. Odd.

The surround set is the Z506... THIS one is the Z523.

The logitech z523 is cheaper still if you are ok with a 2.1 unit, and it has a really decent subwoofer for the $65 asking price. It also has headphone out AND in, so you can hook up you mp3 player/phone/etc.

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Speaker-System-Z523-Subwoofer/dp/B002FU5QMK/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1381442110&sr=8-9&keywords=logitech+speakers
    
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Originally Posted by neo0031 View Post

Nope. There's an easy and non intrusive shortcut that I found helps me very well. I just place these shortcuts on my dock and I can switch audio output source at 1-click, without unplugging anything.

Link here.

Hope this helps OP/others.

Doesn't this just switch the default device? That would only work if you had separate devices, like headphones plugged into onboard through the front panel and speakers plugged into a soundcard in the rear.
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post #9 of 10
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Thanks for all the replies I just read them all.

The thing is I have always used 2.0 speakers on my computer and they of course always had a headphone port to plug in to. Just thought it was strange for a subwoofer and five speaker setup not to have a single headphone port anywhere. I was going to buy those Logitech speakers, I picked these ones instead, damn.

I have a new computer now a small one, even the processor can't be removed or anything. Anyway the back of it has three coloured holes....green, blue, pink.
The front has a headphone port and a microphone port.

http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing-accessories/components-upgrades/sound-cards/creative-sound-blaster-x-fi-surround-5-1-pro-audio-station-07656725-pdt.html - would buying this solve the headphone thing?
Edited by A38907 - 10/10/13 at 3:07pm
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Thanks for all the help, I realise after reading some of the above replies what the problem is. I'll buy the Logitech speakers instead.

Bye, thanks smile.gif
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