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I have a hearing impaired person in the house and want to equip her with a bluetooth headset while the rest of us listen over the speakers. I am able to connect the headset and get it to play by setting it as the default speaker. Problem is that the speakers are then turned off.

Working with windows 7 and Samsung bluetooth headphones.

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VB-Audio's Virtual Cable is donationware - you can make any donation.

I paid EUR 2 for the drivers and EUR 2 for their excellent mixer software. Once you register, you get two additional audio cables, bringing the total to 3 + 1 for the mixer. It's excellent. I takes a while playing around with Windows' Audio settings (you have to set in the output devices "Listen to this device" on the virtual audio cables A + B and set these 2 to the 2 devices you want to listen to) and then the standard output to the voicemeter. Then in the voicemeter, set "A" to MME: cable A for "B" to MME: cable B and voila.) am sending input from Google Play to laptop speakers + bluetooth speakers at the same time. Great surround!

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Looks like this one might be easier to configure. Also free.

http://www.datanab.com/audio/VAcard.htm

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Link is dead and I can't find it on their website. Appears to be discontinued. –  CoDEmanX Mar 22 at 13:34

Jack audio connection kit does that for free. http://jackaudio.org/

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See if Virtual Audio Cable will work for you. You can basically create a virtual audio device which will send sound to both the speaker & BT headset.

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It does work, once you get the hang of the utterly user-unfriendly interface. Make sure to use Audio Repeater (MME), not KS (Kernel Streaming) - Bluetooth device names are all Unknown in the latter and the application hung up badly when I tried to stop the streaming (the process can't be killed!). Works fine with the former, although I have use a different buffer size for the second repeater to get synchronous audio playback (iTeufel Air Blue 1000ms / BT Bamster 985ms). equalify.me is required for Spotify in order to change the audio device, but tricky to use in latest app. –  CoDEmanX Mar 22 at 12:57

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