Sometimes, you may want to play music simultaneously on your computer speakers and external Bluetooth speakers. There’s either someone in the other room who wants to hear the music better or you are throwing a party and want the music to blast everywhere.
However, it’s a drag most of the time. Often when you connect the Bluetooth speaker to the computer, the sound will stop playing through your computer speakers. In other words, you either play music on the Bluetooth speakers or the computer speakers. But is there a way to play them simultaneously? Let’s find out.
Playback Device Settings
This option is very simple. It doesn’t require that you to buy any additional programs.
First, you must connect your Bluetooth speakers with your PC.
After, right click on the sound icon in the taskbar and go to “Sounds”.
Following that, you want to go to the “Playback” tab.
You need to make sure that the default speakers on your PC are enabled in the menu, depending on the drivers that you own. It must be set as the default device and default communication device. To do this, right click on the given playback device and tick the two following boxes.
If the unit shows a green “check” icon, you’re good to go.
Next, you will have to go to the recording tab, right click on the empty space, then on “Show disabled devices”.
That should give you a new option that is called “Stereo Mix”. Right click on it and click “enable”. After that, you should double-click on it to see the options, go to the “Listen” tab, then click “Listen to this device”.
After that, you want to select the “Playback through this device” dropdown menu just below. Here, you have to choose your Bluetooth speaker. It should show up if it is correctly connected to your PC.
The name of this device will obviously vary depending on which Bluetooth speaker model you have. If you’re unsure about what it is named, please reach out to the manufacturer or check the manual for the specifics.
Then, you should go to the “Advanced” tab and uncheck the setting that allows applications to take exclusive control over the device. That will prevent certain programs from messing with the audio levels.
3rd Party Applications
When other methods don’t seem to work, what you can do is simply look for applications that help calibrate the sound. They can help you play the sound on multiple devices at once, thus allowing Bluetooth speakers and computer ones to play simultaneously.
There are many applications that do this, you just need to look for the right one. Maybe you will have to pay for some of them, but if you are eager to play music on 2 devices at the same time, it shouldn’t be a problem.
Depending on the program, you may have to focus on the hardware output, not the input one. For example, you can set A1 and A2 to your speakers. A1 can go to PC speakers, while A2 goes to your Bluetooth speaker.
Additionally, you may have to adjust the delay of music to sync the speakers. You can do that by going to the settings of the program.
Making both the Bluetooth speakers and computer speakers play at the same time may give you headaches after failed attempts.
However, now you should be able to do so through one of these methods. So, if you want to, say, connect a soundbar to your PC, it can offer you a surround sound experience by playing at the same time as the computer.
About the Author: Subhankar Sarkar
A fitness lover and a Tech blogger by profession, Subhankar also love to ride bikes in his free time. Staying fit and writing blogs are two things he swears by.