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I have two speakers stereo speakers but when I use the sound control panel applet to test my audio configuration I get sound in the right speaker when the user interface indicates the right speaker and vice versa. Is there a way to swap the audio output from left to right and right to left?

UPDATE: The reason for this question is that I've recently rearranged my workspace and because of physical constraints the left speaker has to go on the right side and vice versa. I could of course solve this problem with a hardware solution but I'd rather use a software solution if one is available.

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Rewire the speakers properly. –  Nick Aug 13 '09 at 22:40
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I'm actually surprised there's no (easily found and implementable) software solution out there. –  Ciaran Aug 13 '09 at 23:14
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@ Ciaran - To allow this to work in software in on all PCs would either require swapping around the audio datastream in software (something that would have to be done/allowed by Windows and generally accessible via an API), or to have all hardware agree to a specification that allows you to swap streams. I can guarantee you that the latter is not true (my soundcard has no swap option on my PC), and the former, AFAIK, isn't true either. Thus, your'e left with applications and specific hardware that support the option. –  J. Polfer Aug 13 '09 at 23:24
    
@ Ciaran - other OSs / audio systems might allow you to do this on other platforms though. –  J. Polfer Aug 13 '09 at 23:25
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@Ciaran - What's wrong with just switching the speakers, or just switching cables ? It's not like, where audio's concerned, there's a shortage of cables. –  ldigas Aug 14 '09 at 3:44

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You could get a cable that splits into two channels and one that merges them again. Then just swap the channels inbetween. For example this kind and this kind, if I read correctly... cables and audio isn't my thing :p Anyways, something along those lines should work maybe work?

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+1 and you can normally pick those 3.5mm to AV cable splitters up on eBay and similar places for pennies. –  GAThrawn Aug 14 '09 at 10:52
    
Yeah. And even buying them new anywhere shouldn't be especially expensive. –  Svish Aug 14 '09 at 11:00
    
+1 for a suitable hardware solution, although i'd preferred a software solution. –  Manga Lee Sep 1 '09 at 13:01

I experienced this same problem with a set of Logitech speakers whose cable wasn't long enough to be placed the right way round on my (long) desk - they seem to assume that the PC will always be underneath the monitor, or on the right hand side.

My sound chipset doesn't have any support for swapping channels, so I had to make an adapter plug/socket combo. Find someone who can use a soldering iron, and get a 3.5mm plug and socket, and several inches of stereo audio cable - should be done in less than 5 minutes.

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Some soundcard drivers actually have an option to swap the left and right channels in their Control Panel applet (eg. A Realtek adapter I used to have did). I imagine this might have to do with the features of the specific sound chipset. Other drivers/chipsets don't.

Some games/applications have software methods to swap the left and right channels in their settings/configuration window/file (eg. Final Fantasy VII PC, Winamp). Others don't.

The only guaranteed-possible way to swap is to physically swap the wires/speakers in hardware.

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Most media player software should be able to do it for you, so at least you can listen to music and watch movies properly — this should solve at least part of your problems.

Here is the solution in VLC player: Audio > Audiochannels > Reverse Stereo.

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If this is a simple 2.1 stereo speaker setup (just a L + R + subwoofer) with a 3.5mm jack that plugs into your computer, then you can find a 6ft headphone extension cable that simply extends the reach of any 3.5mm plug.

I used to use one with my TV to extend the reach of my headphones from the TV's 3.5mm headphone out.

I just used that same cable to extend the reach of my speaker setup that had the same constraints as yours — the right speaker has the plug but it would not reach my PC's jack. Hope this helps.

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