USB Speakers for a PC. Will there be problems?

  wee eddie 12:27 06 Aug 2019

Mostly I use a set of Headphones, from a Jack Plug on the front of my PC. If I plug my Creative Speakers into the Rear Jack Socket, the Headphones cut out, I cannot have both connected at the same time. It appears that I need to decide between having one set or the other, plugged in.

My Question: If I were to get a set of USB Speakers (much cheaper than USB headphones) with a built in On/Off switch. Would I be able to just switch off the Speakers, without unplugging them and carry on using the Headphones?

  Menzie 15:41 06 Aug 2019

In theory yes but some hardware is better than others at autodetecting things. My soundcard for instance has to be manually switched from speaker to headphones.

Going with two separate devices (as you're about to do) it might not switch automatically. You may need to create a shortcut to your sound settings on your desktop.

If you happen to be running Windows 7 or 10 you can also right click on the speaker icon in the taskbar and access the sound settings.

Have you considered USB speakers with a headphone port?

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