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- Step 2: Soldering
- Understanding Sound Devices
- Using A Hardware Solution
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- How to play audio on both headphones and speakers at the lower-left Multi-Output same time on MAC
- 1. Make some adjustments to your MAC
- 2. Use an audio splitter
- Use Third-party Audio Mixer Software
- How to Play Sound On Speakers and Headphones on Mac
- Adjust your Mac’s settings
- Use an audio splitter
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Step 2: Soldering
Before soldering I’ve used crocodile cables to find out which cable belongs to which audio channel.For audio cable, you can just cut a audio extender cable. Soldering wasn’t easy for an amateur like me. First, burn thin cables carefully with a lighter so it will remove the protector part over the headphone cables then you are ready to solder.
Understanding Sound Devices
Before we get into the nuts and bolts of how to achieve playing sound through your headphones and speakers at the same time, it’s worth briefly explaining how sound devices work in Windows 10.
Each sound device is registered in Windows 10 as a distinct target for audio. You might think that only the sound card really counts as an audio device, but to Windows there’s no difference between your sound card’s audio output and your Bluetooth headphones.
HDMI devices, such as your GPU, are also audio devices, because HDMI can carry audio data as well as video. Audio sometimes doesn’t work because Windows chooses the HDMI-out on the graphics card as the audio device, but most computer monitors don’t have speakers!
Audio devices are also dynamic. When you plug in USB headphones, a new audio device will be registered in Windows within seconds.That audio doesn’t pass through your soundcard at all. The headphones actually have a small sound card device (a “DAC” or digital-to-analogue converter) built into it.
This means that, assuming your computer has the CPU power to spare, you can send audio streams to each one of these devices independently. At least in theory. To make it work, you also need to take advantage of a feature that’s been added to Windows 10.
Using A Hardware Solution
All of the above involves some mildly technical messing about with software settings and devices, but what if you just wanted a way to use both your speakers and headphones at the same time, playing exactly the same audio with 100% reliability and no messing about with software? The answer is super-simple. All you need is a headphone splitter!
These are exactly the same splitters you would use to connect two headphones to the same audio jack. People use them all the time when, for example, two people want to watch the same movie on an airplane.
The only difference here is that you’re plugging a set of speakers into one jack on the splitter and headphones in the other. Instead of two pairs of headphones.
When you want to use headphones, simply turn the volume knob on your speakers down to zero and put on your headphones. If your headphones have in-line volume controls, you can do the same there. This is probably the easiest way to duplicate an audio source. Especially on a laptop that only has a single headphone output.
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How to play audio on both headphones and speakers at the lower-left Multi-Output same time on MAC
Compared to PCs, playing audio on many devices at the same time on MAC is much simpler.
- Make some adjustments to your MAC
- Use an audio splitter
How to play audio on both speakers and headphones at the same time on MAC
1. Make some adjustments to your MAC
This is the best way to play audio on both speakers and headphones at the same time on MAC. Whether you are using two wired devices or two wireless devices, this method is available.
- Step 1: Start by connecting your MAC, headphones, and speakers together.
- Step 2: Navigate to “Finder, click on “Apps”.
- Step 3: Go to “Utilities”, click on “Audio MIDI Setup”
- Step 4: Left click on the “+” button in the lower-left corner. Then click on “Create Multi-Output Device”.
- Step 5: At the left panel, go to “Multi-Output Devices”. Then, click on “Use This Device for Sound Output”.
- Step 6: In the right panel, click on the device you want to use. In case your device is a wired device, you need to select Built-in Output.
- Step 7: At “Master Device”, select the main device in the drop-down menu.
- Step 8: Select the Drift connection for the slave device.
- Step 9: Go to “Preferences” to open the “Sound” pane
- Step 10: Click on” Multi-Output Device” at the “Output” tab
- Simple and quick
- Available with both wired and wireless devices
- Sometimes you will have problems with the volume control
2. Use an audio splitter
If you only want to play music through 2 devices, you should be fine with the above. However, if you want more than that, it is time to consider an audio splitter (or Bluetooth adapter)
- Plug-and-play design
- No audio delay
- You have to spend money
Use Third-party Audio Mixer Software
If you want a quick, hassle-free solution to connect your Bluetooth headphones, go for the third-party applications/software.
There are a few audio mixer applications and servers that can be installed in your Laptop and smartphones.
All you need is an efficient WIFI connection.
Audio-mixer software allows you to manage multiple sounds at once and put them together into multiple channels.
You can seamlessly connect your two headphones to a laptop and listen to your favorite audios while walking around the home.
Soundwire, Ultimate Ears, Ultra mixer, and Just Mixer 5 are a few good names.
You can easily download the software on your Laptop and enjoy streaming Netflix with your friends.
How to Play Sound On Speakers and Headphones on Mac
In general, it’s much easier to have two or more speakers and headphones on at the same time using Mac.
Adjust your Mac’s settings
The best way to play sound via speakers and headphones at the same time is to set up a Multi-Output Device via your Mac’s System Preferences.
This method works whether you’re using two wired or two Bluetooth devices or you have one wired and one Bluetooth device.
- Connect the speakers and headphones to your Mac.
- In Finder, open Applications.
- Go to Utilities and open Audio MIDI Setup.
- On the lower-left corner, click the + button and select “Create Multi-Output Device”.
- On the left panel, right-click Multi-Output Device and choose “Use This Device for Sound Output”.
- On the right panel, check the boxes next to the devices you want to use. If one is a wired device, check the box next to Built-in Output.
- Choose a Master Device in the dropdown menu.
- Choose a Slave Device by checking Drift Correction.
- Launch System Preferences and open the Sound panel.
- Under the Output tab, choose Multi-Output Device.
Simple and straightforwardListen with two or more devices at onceCan be used with wired/wired, Bluetooth/Bluetooth, and wired/Bluetooth combinations
What We Don’t LikeMay have issues with volume control
Use an audio splitter
If you’re using one pair of headphones and one set of speakers, you typically don’t need to go beyond creating a Multi-Output Device.
But if you’re a power user with more than two devices, you may want to use an audio splitter or Bluetooth adapter for that.In case you’re wondering, can you also play music through your headphones and speakers at the same time using your Android or iOS device?
Yes, but there aren’t any built-in settings for Android or iOS that let you do this.
The easiest way is to use an audio splitter to send the sound to two or more devices.What We Like
Plug-and-play mechanismListen with more than two devices at the same time
What We Don’t LikeRequires a purchase
Hopefully, this article contains useful information for you. With the above methods, you can enjoy songs through your favorite headphones. Meanwhile, you can still share the song with those around you through the speaker. It is a win-win solution for everyone, right?