How to Use USB Headphones & Laptop Speakers at the Same Time

Written by frank dioso
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USB headphones have a single connector plug that connects directly to your laptop via USB ports. USB headphones can also be wireless and have a built-in microphone. If you play a lot of computer games and listen to a lot of music, you may want to route your music to your laptop speakers and your other programs or games to your USB headphones, or vice versa. It is possible to use your laptop speakers and USB headphones to listen to audio simultaneously.

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    Insert the USB cable of your USB headphones into a USB port of your laptop or computer. Install the drivers for your USB headphones. The drivers should be on a CD that accompanied the product. If you don't have the CD, visit the manufacturer's official website and download the drivers.

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    Launch a file with audio such as a music file, video file or computer game.

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    Adjust the volume settings of the USB headphones and laptop speakers. You should now be able to hear audio coming out of your laptop speakers and USB headphones simultaneously.

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    Go to the settings of the programs you are using to change the default audio device. For example, if want to use your instant messenger to chat and want the audio to come out of your USB headphones, go to the settings in your instant messenger and set the default audio device to your headphones to avoid conflict with your laptop speakers.

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