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There are lots of threads of people asking how to use 3.5mm speakers and headsets at the same time and with mobo manufacturers adding tons of prosumer features to their boards, it baffles me that they haven't latched onto this and marketed the hell out of it. Just think, Asus could have the "Dual SupremeFX ROG Strix RGB 3D Print audio-outs" that allow users to plug in both speaker AND a 3.5mm headset!

Why must I be forced to use the front panel connector on my case (and thus having cables lolling out in the open) and then open the audio settings to switch the default output between devices (Yes, Asus's SonicStudio does have the ability to set up app specific audio profiles) or buy an external 3.5mm switcher? There has to be a better way!
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Amen to that thumb.gif

Even if the software could just re-route the outputs on the back - say Green and Pink for headphone out and mic in, and black for speaker out or something like that. It would at least keep cables tidy without the need for extra I/O ports. Not sure if that's a hardware limitation or not though.
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There is an option in the realtek audio settings to have front panel audio and rear io be separate streams, and some codecs allow Port remapping. I have an old pci sound blaster card that allows dual output as well, but no Port remapping.
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There are lots of threads of people asking how to use 3.5mm speakers and headsets at the same time and with mobo manufacturers adding tons of prosumer features to their boards, it baffles me that they haven't latched onto this and marketed the hell out of it. Just think, Asus could have the "Dual SupremeFX ROG Strix RGB 3D Print audio-outs" that allow users to plug in both speaker AND a 3.5mm headset!

Why must I be forced to use the front panel connector on my case (and thus having cables lolling out in the open) and then open the audio settings to switch the default output between devices (Yes, Asus's SonicStudio does have the ability to set up app specific audio profiles) or buy an external 3.5mm switcher? There has to be a better way!

I'm guessing it comes down to cost (best guess).
The added cost for have two separate jacks, one for headphone and a separate one for front speaker out, is an added cost that may not improve sales for motherboards and pre-built computers.

Also a lot of computer speakers (or their included control box) come with a headphone jack and having those speakers (or speaker control box) right on the desktop gives the user an easy to access headphone jack.
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post #5 of 10
most motherboards and high end audio cards have pin outs for dedicated front mic and headphone jacks, still leaving you with speaker jacks in the rear, and the more decent speakers have headphone jacks, as well.
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Originally Posted by acheleg View Post

most motherboards and high end audio cards have pin outs for dedicated front mic and headphone jacks, still leaving you with speaker jacks in the rear, and the more decent speakers have headphone jacks, as well.

As mentioned, I want to avoid having wired plugged into the front of the case all the time, and while speakers generally have a headphone jack, they dont have a mic jack, and on many headsets (like my hyper x clouds), those wires are fused together.
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Amen to that thumb.gif

Even if the software could just re-route the outputs on the back - say Green and Pink for headphone out and mic in, and black for speaker out or something like that. It would at least keep cables tidy without the need for extra I/O ports. Not sure if that's a hardware limitation or not though.

This would be ideal!
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you could take generic ac97 or wmd audio headphone/mic headers off their faceplates/dismount... then find a way to send them thru tiny holes on an empty pci slot shield. you can do whatever you want with those motherboard headers, and some motherboards are rather flexible when switching inputs/outputs and switching between codecs for the "front panel" audio.

I dont like front usb jacks myself, you tilt the pc forward, and you bend the jack, causing it to short and hang on boot. i generally move my usb front ports to an empty pci slot shield, f they seem to be in a risky placement on the front of the case.
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ooh, to have dual stereo outputs would likely require asio audio codec/drivers. its just a bit more programming, and many motherboard/soundcard end producers choose to impliment less than the optimal software support for their audio chipsets. if you shop around, you can find what you are looking for, but it may have to come in the form of a 3rd party "mixer" type software, or in a new, well-researched soundcard or motherboard.
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heres a way to do what you want to do with windows mixer with some realtec audio drivers. Use "stereo mix" under recording devices to allow dual simultaneous outputs. speakers + headphones. You may have to v"view disabled devices" and enable "stereo mix"- if not, your chipset doesnt support it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LV46UXLsVW4
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