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Enable multiple audio outputs on Windows 7

I want to listen to music via my headphones while the speakers play something else. I've searched the Internet but couldn't come up with anything useful so far.

How can I do this? I'm using Windows 7 64-bit.


This (generally) isn't a Windows 7 issue, but one of hardware. The output to your headphones is typically linked to the one going to the speakers. The device/drivers have to support the behavior you are asking for, and most don't.

You would be best off adding a second audio interface. You can pick up a $2 interface for your headphones, and leave your good sound card for music your speakers, or vice versa. There are higher quality interfaces out there.

Another alternative (depending on your sound card/drivers) is to use the surround sound outputs independently of each other.

  • Realtek HD Audio Manager gives an option "Make rear and front output devices playback different audio streams simultaneously" but I don't know how to use it – Failed_Noob Jun 2 '11 at 5:54
  • @Failed_Noob, enable that option. Then go into the options of your audio player (Winamp, for example, allows you to do this) and pick the other sound device for playback. – Brad Jun 2 '11 at 14:09

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