02-24-2009 07:52 AM
I recently bought some Z-5 speakers, which work brilliantly - great quality sound, very stylish and using USB is great. However, I now find that when the Z-5s are plugged-in, my headphones no longer work. This is going to cause problems with my wife when I want to play Call of Duty as the PC is in the living room (
At first I thought it was because when you switch off the Z-5 speakers, it appears to just mute the sound in Windows so there is nothing to broadcast, as opposed to the sound continuing to play but the speakers being powered down. So, I tried listening through headphones with the Z-5 speakers still powered on - but I realised that there is no sound broadcast through the headphone socket at all when the Z-5s are plugged into the USB socket.
If I unplug the Z-5s then the headphone socket works again.
Is this normal? I was hoping to be able to leave my headphones and the Z-5s permanently plugged-in, as unplugging the Z-5s is going to be a pain due to where my PC is positioned. It wouldn't be a problem if the Z-5s had a headphone socket like the Z-10 ones do, but they don't so I can't see any other way of getting this to work (unless buying a 3.5mm -> USB adapter and plugging the headphones into a USB socket would work...?).
I am using Realtek on-board sound at the moment, although I do have a Creative X-Fi card which I could install in this machine if it would make a difference.
I really don't want to have to send back my Z-5s because I really do like them and they sound awesome. Please can you tell me whether the speakers and headphones can be used together, if I'm doing something wrong and what I need to do to get this working without having to unplug the speakers each time I want to use the headphones.
Thanks in advance.
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02-24-2009 09:50 AM
If you want to use the headphone jack you will have to go to Control Panel/Sounds and switch your audio output device to the sound card. Unplugging the Z-5's accomplishes the same thing. You will have to restart your application to put the change of devices into effect.
This is a problem with the way Windows implimented the audio mixer in XP and Vista.
The Beta version of Windows 7 I tested has this issue fixed inso far as you can switch devices on the fly.