How can I use 2 USB Type A speakers together on one laptop?


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    How can I use 2 USB Type A speakers together on one laptop?


    So I recently got 2 HP 'sound bars' and they both have USB-A male connections. I used them once on my MacBook and I just went to AudioMIDI setup and created a multi-output device and selected both speakers once they were plugged into the MacBook.

    However now that I have switched to my HP laptop (running windows 10) I haven't managed to make them work simultaneously, and I've tried for a couple of weeks. I have tried using StereoMix but it didn't work when I had them both plugged in using USB-A, I also used a USB-A splitter which also didn't work. I bought an AUX cable and plugged one in using AUX and the other using the USB-A, then it seemed to work but there was a noticeable delay between the two speakers which is very annoying. Then I used an AUX splitter which also didn't work.

    If anyone has experienced/solved similar issues please do let me know how you went about it.
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    coolperson1468 said:
    So I recently got 2 HP 'sound bars' and they both have USB-A male connections. I used them once on my MacBook and I just went to AudioMIDI setup and created a multi-output device and selected both speakers once they were plugged into the MacBook.

    However now that I have switched to my HP laptop (running windows 10) I haven't managed to make them work simultaneously, and I've tried for a couple of weeks. I have tried using StereoMix but it didn't work when I had them both plugged in using USB-A, I also used a USB-A splitter which also didn't work. I bought an AUX cable and plugged one in using AUX and the other using the USB-A, then it seemed to work but there was a noticeable delay between the two speakers which is very annoying. Then I used an AUX splitter which also didn't work.

    If anyone has experienced/solved similar issues please do let me know how you went about it.
    Have you tried a powered usb splitter?
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    cereberus said:
    Have you tried a powered usb splitter?
    I did actually try using one but the laptop wouldn't recognize the speakers.

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    NavyLCDR said:
    Ah, that seems like a possibility, I have already spent so much on the hardware part to make these speakers work. I was wondering whether there was anything software-wise to either fix the StereoMix delay or else-wise.
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    Windows just does not handle 2 simultaneous audio devices, at all.
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  6. HeM
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    coolperson1468 said:
    ...If anyone has experienced/solved similar issues please do let me know how you went about it.
    Hi,

    Unfortunately, there is no way for Windows to simultaneously send audio to different audio devices, without delay.

    On Mac that's easy. On Linux you can do that too, but it's a little bit complicated.
    Ubuntu Studio offers all the tools for that, like "Jack connection kit" (now called "Studio Controls") which can handle different audio devices and "Carla" which can create connections between them, with no delay at all. And of course, for free!

    Good luck, if you go for it... :)
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