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Old 01-20-2006, 02:51 PM   #1
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Default Splitting the sound output

I use a y-splitter from the audio jack so that I can listen to speakers and also use my headset to talk to teammates in Ventrilo.

I never had a problem before but now my bud gave me his old mobo for better performance (Abit, dont' have model #). Now if I have them both plugged in, they both sound tinny and distant.

If only one is plugged into the splitter (or directly to jack) then it's fine. As soon as I plug the other one in though, the problem occurs.

Is it a problem with the output not being powerful enough to do both? If so, is there a way to boost it?
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Old 01-20-2006, 03:07 PM   #2
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Usually the y splitter will split the stereo signals into left and right.

Plus, these days, the inputs/outputs for speakers and Mic are on a seperate connection if they weren't before.

Can't you just plug the speakers in the designated port (possibly green), and the headset to send stuff in the Microphone port? (Possibly red?)
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What type of splitter do you have, its it one of those cheap plastic things or is it a gold plated one?

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Default Re: Splitting the sound output

The problem with that is that the sound from the speakers gets picked-up by the microphone and you get a weird feedback/echo effect when you talk.

In truth, I mute the speakers when I have the headset on for this reason. I just hate having to pull out the PC and switch jacks everytime. It used to work fine before.
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What type of splitter do you have, its it one of those cheap plastic things or is it a gold plated one?

It is a plastic housing but I believe the connectors are gold.
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Like rusbo said, a quality splitter cable makes a huge difference as opposed to a cheap one. A person would make no mistake to pay for the high quality gold plated ones.
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