using headset & speakers

  User-271645 11:02 29 Sep 05

I use Skype and a headset,it works very well,clear etc,now all my sounds come through the headset,is there any simple quick way of switching to speakers when wanted?

  johnnyrocker 11:09 29 Sep 05

if you unplug the headset sound should be restored to speakers, (may need re boot)


  Stuartli 11:13 29 Sep 05

I use a 3.5mm jackplug adapter which has two outputs from one connection to the sound card.

If I'm using Skype with my headset and mike I turn the speakers off and the headset's volume control up - it's the reverse if I'm using the speakers for music etc.

Such an adapter will cost around £1.50 - an example is shown in this link:

click here

  Stuartli 11:17 29 Sep 05

Sorry, wrong one (output to 6.5mm jack plugs)

This is the one:

click here

  User-271645 11:22 29 Sep 05

Thankyou johnnyrocker & Stuartli

  bosmere 11:24 29 Sep 05

Same as johnnyrocker, I leave the mike jack plugged in and pull out the speaker jack.

One drawback is that the person at the other end often gets 'echo' that way.

  Stuartli 11:30 29 Sep 05

Crystal clear my way and that includes Skype calls to the Caribbean...:-)

Interestingly I have to keep the mike input muted in the mixer but it works as it should with Skype (including the Echo test) and I don't have to keep plugging and unplugging jack plugs from the back of my system.

  Bingalau 13:09 29 Sep 05

My headphones are plugged into a USB2 socket. My speakers are plugged into the normal outlet somewhere at the back of the computer (I think). So far I hadn't even thought about having them plugged into the same outlet. I just unplug the headphones from the USB2 socket and the speakers come on automatically....Bingalau

  Stuartli 13:40 29 Sep 05

Both my speakers and the headset use 3.5mm jack plugs so the question of USB doesn't come into my equation...:-)

Plugging the adapter into the speakers output socket of my SoundBlaster Live! and permanently connecting the speakers and headset's jack plugs into the two outputs saves plugging/unplugging every time you need to switch from the headset to the speakers and vice versa.

The headset's mike jackplug is also permanently plugged in alongside the jack plug adapter.

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