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A/V 5.1 to 5.1/headphones switch?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Elledan, 30 Jul 2010.

  1. Elledan

    Elledan What's a Dremel?

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    Is there such a thing as an audio switch which can take a 5.1 input and can switch between 5.1 and headphone (2.0) output? All the audio switches I have seen so far are 2.0 only.

    What I'm trying to do is find a way to use headphones with my system together with 5.1 speakers. The case doesn't have front audio connectors, and the case is too far away from the desk for this to be practical anyway.

    At this point I'm thinking that I'll have to build such a switch myself. :dremel:

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. c0rnzey

    c0rnzey What's a Dremel?

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    How are the speakers connecting to the PC?
     
  3. Elledan

    Elledan What's a Dremel?

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    Using the connectors on the back. I use the onboard Realtek audio feature. The speakers are the Creative Inspire 5300.
     
  4. c0rnzey

    c0rnzey What's a Dremel?

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    Am I right in saying there are 3 x 3.5mm jacks that go into the back of the PC?

    If so can you just not put a 2 way audio splitter on the green audio input?
     
  5. Sexton

    Sexton Minimodder

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    Yep, thats what I do - easiest option tbh.
     
  6. Parge

    Parge the worst Super Moderator

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    I have Medusa 5.1 headphones, they come with an amp which has 3x3.5mm inputs, and 3x3.5mm outputs - basically allowing you to pass through a 5.1 signal from the headphones to your 5.1 system, and lower or raise the volume of each independently.
     
  7. Elledan

    Elledan What's a Dremel?

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    I got a 2.0 audio switch lying around, I think I'll give it a whirl :)
     
  8. Elledan

    Elledan What's a Dremel?

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    Alright, using the green line-out connection in combination with a 2.0 switch works fine. Thanks for the idea :)
     
  9. boiled_elephant

    boiled_elephant Merom Celeron 4 lyfe

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    I do the same but with a Y splitter rather than a switch. Then I don't have to fumble to switch it when I move onto headphones. There is a slight power drop due to the signal going down both, but it's easily compensated for in the drivers.
     
  10. Elledan

    Elledan What's a Dremel?

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    I located the switch in a convenient spot on my desk :) Takes 5 seconds to switch it over and the speakers off.

    I'm using AKG K701 headphones with it at the moment. There's no distortion or noise as far as I can tell, even with a few meter of cables and a cheap onboard Realtek audio solution :)
     

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