Using 2 headphones in 1 PC without using splitter

I guess you are now thinking “why the hell do I need 2 headphones working in one computer?” For all those parents who already have their baby, I think this will be very useful for you. I am a father of a baby girl and I love watching movies on my PC. Lately, we wanted to watch movies late night while the baby is sleeping but we couldn’t turn the volume up even in a normal loudness because she will probably get awake.

So I came up with the idea of using 2 headphones in one computer so that me and my wife can enjoy watching the show without disturbing our sleeping baby.

First of all, let me tell you what motherboard I am using before I proceed because the following steps might not be suitable for your setup.


Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3


Some useful information:


Ok here we go! Follow the few easy steps and you’re done!



Open your Realtek HD Audio Manager and click on the “Device advanced settings” that can be found on the top right corner of the window.  You may need to select the option “Make front and rear output devices playback two different audio streams simultaneously” and click OK.



Plug your first headphone on the usual port. (Green) 



In your Realtek HD Audio Manager, The current connected device window will pop-up and try ticking “Headphone” then click OK.



Plug your second headphone in the “IN” port (Blue) or wherever you think is the right one since we all have different motherboards. If all fails, you can always do your own experiment.



In your Realtek HD Audio Manager, try ticking “Front Speaker Out” then click OK.

The reason why you need to select a speaker is because the “Headphone” has already been selected and your first headphone is already using it. That is why when you are trying to make 2 headphone works in one computer but  then you keep on selecting the option “Headphone”  in the audio manager, it will just keep on overriding the first one and the only thing that will work is the last headphone that you plugged in.

Question: Why does it works even I have chosen “Front Speaker Out” ?
Answer: Because headphones are also speakers. It is just made differently for the purpose of wearing it on your head.


There you have it! Hope this helps. 🙂

May 26, 2012 // Blog // 9 comments

9 Responses to Using 2 headphones in 1 PC without using splitter

  1. markitek says:

    nayswan pre…thanks

  2. Susan boyle says:

    it works!!

  3. Alvin says:

    Can’t get it to work for me

  4. Majd says:

    thank you sooo much you’re awsome 🙂

  5. krish says:

    thanks man

  6. Ali says:

    Thank you very much for your detailed tutorial. I dont have realtek soundcard. I have a builtin soundcard in laptop and one 3.5mm headset and another usb headset. Can I use both together? I have exact same situtation as you. I have a small baby and cant turn on speakers at night.

    Thanks alot.

    Please reply to me on:



  7. wel says:

    Hello thank you for this tutorial but i have a problem, my laptop (TOSHIBA NB505) have a built in sound card, when i go to device advance settings on realtek hd audio manager you mention in step 1, there is no “Make front and rear output devices playback two different audio streams simultaneously” please help me, 🙂

    • Mark Ryan Eugenio says:

      Hi Wel,

      If that’s the case, I think there’s no other solution but use a splitter. 😀

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