How To Turn Your Favourite Pair Of Headphones Into A Headset

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Assigning Apps To Specific Sound Devices In Windows 10

The feature in question lets you assign specific applications to certain sound outputs. In this way, you can make one app play its sound through your headphones, while another plays through your speakers.

This is also pretty easy! Here’s how to do it:

  1. Right-click on the speaker icon in the notification area and select Open Sound Settings
  1. Select App volume and device preferences
  1. Next to each app you want to route, select the output dropdown menu and choose the audio output you want to play that app’s audio from.

You should hear that application’s sound coming through the set of speakers you want. You might need to stop and restart playback for this to take effect. Also, if you don’t see the app you want to route in the list, you need to start audio playback in it first. For example, we had to start a YouTube video in Google Chrome before it appeared on the list.

Once all your apps are properly assigned, you can close the Window. If you want to undo all the routing, simply select the Reset button to go back to default.

Checking sound output in Windows 10

Once you have the headset connected to the PC, it’s time to make sure Windows has sound levels and the like set up and configured correctly. Firstly, we need to check Windows has the headset selected as the default output device.

  1. Left-click the sound icon in the taskbar.
  2. Select the sound device in the drop-down menu.

    Source: Windows CentralSource: Windows Central

  3. Choose the connected headset.

This could have in brackets either USB or the brand and model of the onboard motherboard audio — it depends on which connection type the headset utilizes. It’s possible to rename each entry on this list to make it easier for you to decipher which is which. (See below how to rename a connected sound output.)

Now we’ll need to test the output to make sure we’ve selected the correct device, and everything is working perfectly. You can do this by firing up some media on the PC or utilize the test function in Windows.

  1. Right-click the sound icon in the taskbar.
  2. Select Open sound settings.
  3. Choose Sound control panel on the right.
  4. Select the headphones (should have a green tick).

    Source: Windows CentralSource: Windows Central

  5. Hit Properties. (You can rename this sound output right here to make it easier at switching.)
  6. Select the Advanced tab.
  7. Hit the test button.

If you hear sound through the headphones, you’re good to go. If not, check if you have the correct device selected for sound output and that the headset itself is plugged in (we’ve all be in the position where something doesn’t work because it isn’t physically connected).

How Do Bluetooth Headsets Work?

Bluetooth headsets work very similarly to Bluetooth headphones, with one notable difference: rather than only sending audio information one way (from the device to the headphones), headset communication has two-way audio transmission.

The headphones portion of the headsets works the same way as Bluetooth headphones.

The microphones portion works similarly, only in reverse.

The Headset Profile is typically used when a headset (headphones + microphone) is connected via Bluetooth. This leads to poorer audio quality.

Note that microphones are inherently analog, just like headphones. Therefore, their transduced signals must be processed by an analog-to-digital converter via the HSP Profile (which may use CVSD or PCM encoding).

The mic signal is then used to modulate the Bluetooth UHF carrier wave via PSK modulation so that it can be properly transmitted wirelessly via Bluetooth.

The device’s receiver then decodes the digital signal (from the radio carrier signal and then the HSP codec) before using the mic’s signal for the device’s own processes (which may or may not include converting it to analog for playback).

Step 2: Disassemble the Old Headset

1. Remove the cover..

2. Remove the battery wires soldered on the chip..

3. Remove the Left and right speaker wires soldered on the chip..

4. Now, the part with the fitted chip and the battery will be seperated..

Step 7: Final Assembly

We have other cover of the headset where the battery is placed.

1. Put the battery in it’s place in the cover.

2. Glue the battery so it won’t misplace.

3. Put the cover on the other one having the chip and aux jack.(see picture)

4. Place it properly and glue it from the outside.(see picture)

Using A Hardware Solution

All of the above involves some mildly technical messing about with software settings and devices, but what if you just wanted a way to use both your speakers and headphones at the same time, playing exactly the same audio with 100% reliability and no messing about with software? The answer is super-simple. All you need is a headphone splitter!

These are exactly the same splitters you would use to connect two headphones to the same audio jack. People use them all the time when, for example, two people want to watch the same movie on an airplane.

The only difference here is that you’re plugging a set of speakers into one jack on the splitter and headphones in the other. Instead of two pairs of headphones.

When you want to use headphones, simply turn the volume knob on your speakers down to zero and put on your headphones. If your headphones have in-line volume controls, you can do the same there. This is probably the easiest way to duplicate an audio source. Especially on a laptop that only has a single headphone output.

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Best Bluetooth Audio Transmitters for Nintendo Switch

If you’re looking for the best Bluetooth audio transmitters for your Switch, check out the list below.

Homespot Bluetooth Audio Transmitter

Homespot Bluetooth Audio Transmitter (From: Amazon
Homespot Bluetooth Audio Transmitter (From: Amazon)

This Homespot Bluetooth Audio Transmitter is exclusively made for the Nintendo Switch. It has a high fidelity audio streaming feature that can be used in both headphones or speakers. Moreover, it is compatible with both Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite.

It can be used to stream audio to two headphones at the same time. It is also the first Nintendo Switch Bluetooth audio transmitter that has a built-in microphone.

When using this device, it’s advisable to remove your Nintendo Switch’s protective casing first. The casing may prevent the USB-C port from being fully inserted.

The downside to this is that it doesn’t have a USB-C pass-through charging port. Also, you can’t use this Nintendo Switch Bluetooth Adapter while on dock mode.

Genki Bluetooth Audio Transmitter

Genki Bluetooth Audio Transmitter (From: Amazon)
Genki Bluetooth Audio Transmitter (From: Amazon)

This Genki Bluetooth Audio Transmitter features a dual headphone connectivity technology. This feature works great for multiplayer games. It allows two headphones to connect to one adapter simultaneously.

It comes with an audio adapter, a boom mic accessory, and a USB adapter for dock mode. It’s compatible with PS4, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite, Android, iOS, Windows PC, and Mac.

Unlike the Homespot Bluetooth Audio Transmitter, this has a USB-C pass-through charging port. This will enable you to charge your device while playing.

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