Setting up Windows sound systems may be a messy job. Drivers may collide, Windows can misread any sound like another and you may need to dig in the sound settings and see what is occurring exactly.
Of course, you should all be able to plug in a sound system and make it function, so if you do not you will be able to slow in and save this guide.
How to switch between speakers and headphones
Make sure all headphones and speakers are attached and activated to your computer.
- Press on the Windows taskbar on the tiny speaker icon next to the clock.
- Click the little up arrow right on the audio output system you are actually using.
- Choose your desired performance from the list that exists.
I press the arrow up to the right and in the second picture you see a list identical to that. Choose the system you want to use and Windows will automatically turn performance.
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As an added benefit, Windows 10 remembers each device’s performance speeds.
Often the volume control may stop functioning while flipping between devices. I’ve noticed this many times while in Windows 10 I move between headphones and speakers. If you see it too, it’s easily repaired.
- Right-click the work bat for Windows and choose Task Manager.
- Navigate to and right-click on Windows Explorer.
- Choose Reset.
Windows Explorer often gets confused for whatever reason when flipping between audio devices. You should have a quick reset and run again in no time.
Adjust the headphone’s “Default Format”
Click the Replay button in the Sound pane. Right-click (if plugged in or in “2nd audio output” or the like, they can show as “Lauts”) and click Properties” and the Advanced tab.
Try to play with the “Default Format” on the headphones, and each time you adjust the “Test” press to see whether you start to hear audio.
If you run the Windows 10 Developers Update, a new audio setting named Windows Sonic might or may not have been found. The latest function wasn’t much fanfare so you’d be justified for not learning anything about it. You may have to pick the headphones to use Sonic by design.
This is how it can be enabled:
- Right-click the Windows Task Bar audio button.
- Choose Surround Room from the menu.
- For speakers, pick Windows Sonic.
The app was developed for Windows Sonic to simulate 3D spatial sound. If you don’t have a pair of surround sound headphones, this functionality could bring something different. Microsoft launched Windows Sonic as a free competition for Dolby Atmos, which performs very well.