Windows 10: Audio Device Switching

  1.    27 Sep 2015 #1

    Audio Device Switching

    This is a problem I haven't found by searching, although the search terms are a bit tricky for this issue. Since upgrading from Windows 7, I have not been able to find an easy way to switch between audio devices easily on Windows 10. What I'm trying to do is switch between my system speakers and headphones. The only way I can find to do this is to right-click the speakers icon in the taskbar, select playback devices, right-click either "speakers" or "headphones" and select "Set As Default Device." From then on, all sounds are routed to that device. But I have to do this every time I want to switch between headphones and speakers. I think on Windows 7 there was a way to route all sounds through BOTH speakers AND headphones. I could then just use the physical device's switches to control where the sound comes from. I haven't found a way to do this on Windows 10. Am I the only one with this problem? Or the only one who hasn't figured it out? I haven't been able to find anyone else complaining about it.
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  2.    27 Sep 2015 #2

    It'd certainly help if you told us what sound device we are talking about. With some sound cards you can choose between speakers and headphones in the driver settings. Others don't offer such a setting.
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  3.    27 Sep 2015 #3

    Yeah I was thinking the same thing. It's the integrated sound on my motherboard which is a Gigabyte Z87X-UD3. I downloaded the audio drivers from the website and re-installed but there is no change. It is a RealTek device. There doesn't seem to be a separate application to control sound levels, etc. It's all done through Windows.
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  4.    04 Oct 2015 #4

    Have you tried the drivers by realtek? It has been a long time since I last used an integrated sound solution but I remember there being some kind of driver software too. It should appear as an icon in the notification area.
    Last edited by altae; 04 Oct 2015 at 17:21.
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  5.    04 Oct 2015 #5

    I have Realtek and no problem when I plug in Analog headphones. If you are using USB headset then the USB headset is not being properly detected. If USB, do you have a driver for it? USB devices do not use the PC's sound card, they take digital audio and convert it inside the headset.
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