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Using Windows 7, on an older Dell, I want to be able to use two sets of USB headsets simultaneously for watching Hulu/etc. for me and a friend without waking up my roommate. Can I just put the second set into a spare USB or is there such a thing as a USB "splitter"?

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You could probably use the onboard sound card, and a 3.5 mm headphone out splitter to do what you want to do. Its a much more elegant solution –  Journeyman Geek Mar 26 '11 at 14:42

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If I recall correctly, using a USB device, will turn your headset into an audio device, and in Windows or any OS for the fact, you can only use one Audio Device at a time.

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then I guess I'm going to have to use a USB splitter (one male, two female) – though such a thing even exist? –  greenber Mar 27 '11 at 11:35
    
I just took a look (thank goodness for Google!) And it looks like I might have to resort to splitting the analog signal going to the headphones the old-fashioned way: looks like wire cutters and a soldering iron, alas – does seem a bit of overkill to simply allow two sets of headphones to listen to the same Hulu movie at the same time. I bet that Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Harry Dresden could do it in a moment: either put a stake in the heart of the problem or wave a hand. Maybe I have to go to Merlin… –  greenber Mar 27 '11 at 15:01

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