Go Back   AnandTech Forums > Hardware and Technology > Peripherals

Forums
· Hardware and Technology
· CPUs and Overclocking
· Motherboards
· Video Cards and Graphics
· Memory and Storage
· Power Supplies
· Cases & Cooling
· SFF, Notebooks, Pre-Built/Barebones PCs
· Networking
· Peripherals
· General Hardware
· Highly Technical
· Computer Help
· Home Theater PCs
· Consumer Electronics
· Digital and Video Cameras
· Mobile Devices & Gadgets
· Audio/Video & Home Theater
· Software
· Software for Windows
· All Things Apple
· *nix Software
· Operating Systems
· Programming
· PC Gaming
· Console Gaming
· Distributed Computing
· Security
· Social
· Off Topic
· Politics and News
· Discussion Club
· Love and Relationships
· The Garage
· Health and Fitness
· Merchandise and Shopping
· For Sale/Trade
· Hot Deals with Free Stuff/Contests
· Black Friday 2014
· Forum Issues
· Technical Forum Issues
· Personal Forum Issues
· Suggestion Box
· Moderator Resources
· Moderator Discussions
   

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-07-2009, 10:25 AM   #1
ScorcherDarkly
Senior Member
 
ScorcherDarkly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Kansas City, MO
Posts: 450
Default Does a USB headset work with a sound card?

Probably falling under the stupid question category, but how do a USB headset and a sound card interact with each other? The headset I have (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826158075) says it has a built-in X-Fi chip. If I plug it in to a computer with a discrete sound card, does the sound card override the chip in the head phones or do the headphones ignore the sound card? I assume there might be a way in Windows to select which source you're wanting to use, but will a USB headset still push the sound if the sound card is selected as the source? I did some google searching, didn't come up with much, hoping someone with experience will be able to clue me in.

Thanks.
ScorcherDarkly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2009, 12:10 PM   #2
ChaiBabbaChai
Banned
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: L.A.
Posts: 1,090
Default

Let me ask you a question. How are you gonna plug a USB headset into a sound card? You can deduce the answer from there, so I won't insult your intelligence. But, yes you can select which sources go to/from whichever sound card (the USB headset is like an additional sound card) in the Windows Sound Control Panel.

Last edited by ChaiBabbaChai; 12-07-2009 at 12:16 PM.
ChaiBabbaChai is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2009, 01:59 PM   #3
ScorcherDarkly
Senior Member
 
ScorcherDarkly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Kansas City, MO
Posts: 450
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ChaiBabbaChai View Post
Let me ask you a question. How are you gonna plug a USB headset into a sound card?
I wasn't sure if the presence of a sound card made it the primary audio driver for the system or if you had to be physically plugged in to the card for it to work. I was hoping for the former, but not particularly surprised that its the latter.
ScorcherDarkly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2009, 02:40 PM   #4
Niku
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 151
Default

The way it works is that you select one installed sound device, OR the other. Not both. So, it will NOT use the sound card, other then the one built in to it. If that USB head set didnt have its own sound processor, i am pretty sure it will do nothing. Otherwise, a nice head set will just use a 3.5mm jack. You have to go in to windows and select the primary device to make any thing like switching sources happen.
Niku is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2009, 03:43 PM   #5
ChaiBabbaChai
Banned
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: L.A.
Posts: 1,090
Default

@Niku - It depends on the OS and drivers. You can have 2 sound cards simultaneously playing the same sounds.
ChaiBabbaChai is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2009, 08:49 PM   #6
Niku
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 151
Default

Thats interesting. Ive never been able to make it work. Can you elaborate? It also sounds relevant to OP.
Niku is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2009, 09:42 PM   #7
ChaiBabbaChai
Banned
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: L.A.
Posts: 1,090
Default

All I remember was it was in XP and I had a PCI pro-sumer level card installed which you could choose from ASIO or Windows (WMD? not weapons of mass destruction!) drivers in Windows and then whatever else in the recording program. It had on-board sound as well and you could route the media player's audio to the windows mapper which would either go to on-board or PCI card and vice versa. There were no tricks to it, but that's all I can remember. I'm looking in Win7 with my new firewire audio box and I don't see anything like it, so maybe it was an old Windows thing.
ChaiBabbaChai is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:01 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.