Play audio in speaker AND Bluetooth headset

Posted on 2009-04-19
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Last Modified: 2013-12-14
My Vista can either play audio in bluetooth headset or the speaker, depending on which device I set as the default.
Now can it send audio to BOTH the headset and the speaker?
Question by:uxlin
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by:Gary Case
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You can't.   Windows only allows one output device per audio adapter.   If you need audio to both speakers and a headset, get a simple splitter cable [http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021802&p_id=667&seq=1&format=2 ] and connect both the speakers and a standard headset to the speaker output.

... if you want to use your bluetooth headset, you can add bluetooth capability to the standard audio output with this adapter:  http://www.diguniverse.com/PERSONAL-AND-PORTABLE/PERSONAL-AUDIO-/YTMRBT10.html    You simply connect this to the Y-cable above and both your speakers and headset will work fine.

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thanks garycase. my bluetooth headphone is connected to the computer thru a generic bluetooth doogle, which is a separate audio adapter - the bluetooth headphone works on computers that don't even have soundcards. So the issue is how to output audio to 2 adapters at the same time.
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Gary Case earned 2000 total points
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You can still only output to one device, unless you're running two different audio programs which allow you to set the output device independent of Window's default device.  

But to send the SAME output to more than one device, you need to use a splitter cable as I noted above (and, if you want to use a bluetooth headset or speakers, you'll need a bluetooth device that's drive by the audio output, such as the link I gave above).

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Thanks for your help!

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