Audio output changer in Windows 7

Colonel_Panic

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I have a set of 2.1 speakers that I use regularly for music and videos, but also a Logitech USB headset for gaming/Skype convos and I regularly switch between them. Right now that means going into Control Panel and choosing default output. I've tried a number of different utilities that claim to change the audio output from the taskbar, but none of them work really well.

Has anyone else found a good utility that can switch between audio devices easily and unobtrusively?
 

Joe Average

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In Windows 7, the easiest way to switch audio output devices is to right-click directly on the volume icon in the Tray - that brings up a context menu for choosing which device is enabled or the default. Right-click on the volume icon, select Playback devices, then choose which device you want as the output - that device is designated by the green and white check mark.

When you're done with one device, choose the other, etc.
 

stop!theradio

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Exactly what Joe Average said. I do that very thing and it works fine.

When I watch movies on the home theater system, I choose my onboard S/PDIF output, when I wanna use my headphones, I switch to the X-Fi for its full sized headphone output.

All it takes is right clicking the volume icon in the tray, selecting "playback devices", clicking the one I wanna use, and clicking "set as default".
 

Zepher

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If you make your headset your default playback device, then it will enable it when you plug it in and switch back to the onboard sound when you unplug it.
 

Colonel_Panic

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Thanks guys. I'm surprised I didn't try the right click method before... that looks like the easiest way of doing things.
 
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