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Old 03-22-05, 07:00 AM
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Splitting audio - Important Question....

Hey all,

I just set up one of these (http://www.kb-electronics.com/aw-811.html) in my Grandma's house -- and it works flawlessly! (how many Grandma's do you know that want streaming internet audio throughout their entire house...haha) However, her computer, although brand new, doesn't have a dedicated audio line out. The two outputs available in the sound card are speaker out (doesn't SAY speaker out, but it's the icon with the arrow pointing out of the sound wave) and a headphone out.

Now, ideally, I would have liked to plug this unit into the line out so that we could have the regular computer speakers working at the same time as this unit. For now, however, when she wants to use the wireless speaker, she just plugs the transmitter into the headphone jack (luckily, it's in front of the tower). This, obviously cuts the computer audio from the regular speakers. N

Now, I was thinking about putting a splitter into the rear speaker out jack, and having the regular speakers in one jack, and the wireless transmitter in the other. However, the manual strictly states not to plug the transmitter directly into the speaker output jack, and to only use line-out or the headphones jack because using the speaker out will cause permanent damage to the transmitter.

So, my question is

1) What’s really the problem with using a splitter and plugging this in the speaker out (i know i may lose a bit of volume, but i can compensate i am sure)?

2) if i am able, according to you guys, to use a splitter in the speaker out without damaging the transmitter, would this be the best solution? The splitter could be a simple $3 headphone splitter from R. Shack, right? It wouldn't have to be amplified, would it?

3) Is there a way to tell the computer/soundcard NOT to cut out the regular computer audio when something is plugged into the headphone jack? If this is an option, everything would be solved.

I hope the situation is clear now.... I look forward to your responses....

Thanks,

Matt!
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2) if i am able, according to you guys, to use a splitter in the speaker out without damaging the transmitter, would this be the best solution? The splitter could be a simple $3 headphone splitter from R. Shack, right? It wouldn't have to be amplified, would it?
I've used multiple splitters on PC sound cards with minimal volume loss, though maybe different sound cards will vary. I think the transmitter says not to plug into the speaker out so it won't get too much signal..
but either way I don't think it'll matter since sound cards don't exactly have any kind of real amplifying power.

3) Is there a way to tell the computer/soundcard NOT to cut out the regular computer audio when something is plugged into the headphone jack? If this is an option, everything would be solved.
Sounds like this is a hardware based thing, though if there were an option, I would check the sound card drivers in the control panel or any mixer applications that came with the sound card.. also would try newer drivers to see if they had the option.

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