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Windows 7 -- switching audio devices ?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
I have a USB DAC that I use for music and onboard HDMI 5.1 for dolby digital.

Problem is I have to go all the way back to control panel > sound and change which device is DEFAULT for either one to work.

If I simply choose one of the 2 devices by right clicking the speaker icon in the taskbar -- that does NOT work -- it will always use whatever device has been made the default device.

WEIRD.

Don't remember this happening in XP.

Any fix or software I can add ?

THANK YOU.
post #2 of 6
when i had 2 audio cards i set windows default to a card, then the movie/sound playback software (MPC-HC) set to output to the other card
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
thanks.

not using media player at all though -- want to stick with media center for everything.
post #4 of 6
There is no easy way to do it as Windows doesn't have a direct API function to select specific auto devices. There are some utilities around that essentially consist of macro scripts that execute the commands for you (ie they open the appropriate windows, move the cursor to the appropriate commands, etc).
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Originally Posted by ralphcramdon View Post

thanks.
not using media player at all though -- want to stick with media center for everything.

If you want to stick with Media Center, then you could take a look at this plug-in that allows switching of the audio devices from within Media Center...
post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
Ok thanks.

Almost a GOOD thing I don't have a receiver with HDMI because of this.

Now thinking about just using a seperate audio card with digital out to feed my B&K preamp which can automatically kick in for 5.1 and then use it's own DAC for music.

It's ridiculous really that something so simple is a problem.


Like nobody is going to use HDMI for TV and USB for music?
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