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Can I play sound through two devices at the same time?

  1. #1


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8.1

    Can I play sound through two devices at the same time?


    I've never encountered this before, but...

    We have 5 pet birds in the room next to my home office here. They enjoy music and certain music relaxes them.

    So I bought a Creative D80 bluetooth speaker and just hooked it up in there, and linked it to the PC on my desk in the office here. I linked it and tested it and it was fine, but then I found out that the PC's sound was turned off. Ack.

    So I right clicked the speaker icon in the Task Bar and clicked Playback Devices. It showed the bluetooth as the default device. So I set the speakers as the default device too. Nope. I have to disable one or the other, to get each one to play.

    This is important, folks. These poor little birdies need some music to brighten their day, and I need my PC sound to work too. Isn't there a way to make them both work simultaneously?

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  2. #2


    Windows only allows one default audio playback device. The may be a 3rd party program that will get around this (don't know but a thought).
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    Posts : 20
    Windows 8.1


    I don't care if it's the "Default" player. Is there a way to play MP3 files to the BlueTooth, while playing other system sounds to my PC?
    Sounds like "no"?
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  4. #4


    The short answer is NO. Because of the limitation, you can have the PC sound card as default sound device (so you get PC sound) OR you can have the Bluetooth as default and you will get sound on the Bluetooth device. In Windows XP, SOME PC sound systems would allow two default sound devices but starting with Vista that capability was removed. Windows 10 is the same way, only one.

    As I noted there may be a 3rd party application somewhere that will allow both, I haven't researched to see if there is, just something you may want to research.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8.1


    I found this, so far: CheVolume, Liberate your Audio.
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  6. #6


    Good job. Looks like that will do what you want. I didn't look at it in depth but from the screens and description on the home page it looks like it will do it.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks! Will let you know...
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