I have realtek HD Audio, and I'm pretty satisfied with its settings — my main speakers are connected to the rear panel and whenever I turn headphones in on the front panel, the former go silent and I use headphones.

However, I noticed that the volume level for both panels is constant, so whenever I change one the other changes. That is kind of annoying since my headphones are way more louder than the speakers.

So, I would like to keep the volume for rear panel output at 100% and front panel at say 20%. Is that achievable?

  • Did you ever find a solution for this? – Joel Barsotti Sep 1 '15 at 3:09
  • @JoelBarsotti No, I did not. I keep swinging the volume level up and down. – AgentFire Sep 1 '15 at 7:53

I just figured it out. It seems pretty counter intuitive, but works correctly.

You have to go into the advanced options. enter image description here

Then select "Make front and rear output playback two different audio streams". enter image description here

And presto. If you make the headphones your default device, then when you unplug the headphones windows falls back to the rear panel for audio.

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  • Thanks. I know the method (I tried it before), yet I refused to go on with it since some applications (games mostly) require a restart after changing current audio output device. Without separating into two streams they do not need a restart. However, now I see that there is indeed no simple solution to that and yours are the best there could be without programming. – AgentFire Sep 2 '15 at 9:01

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