How to use two headphones on PC/Mac

It is usually the norm to use a single headphone with a PC. That is the reason why it’s called a Personal Computer in the first place because it’s meant for personal use, right?

But there are times when we may want to share the experience with someone else. In such situations, it becomes extremely tricky to connect two or more headphones at the same time. Things get even worse if you wish to connect two Bluetooth headphones.

So here is a guide which explains to you some of the best ways to use two headphones on a PC. Without wasting any more time, let’s get into it.

Hardware solution

Probably the most preferred way to connect two wired headphones to a single PC is to connect them with the help of an audio splitter. This method works on both Windows 10 and the OSX as it doesn’t depend on the software.

You can buy one such audio splitter for under $10 online and use it to connect two wired headphones.

Here is what you need to do after getting your hands on the audio splitter:

Step 1: Plug in the single end of the audio splitter into the speakers/headphones port of your PC (usually colored red).

Step 2: Plug in the other ends of the audio splitter into your headphones.

With this method, you can connect multiple headphones to your PC. It all depends on the audio splitter that you have purchased.

Software solution

If you have seen those big audio mixing consoles, then you might already know what audio mixing software is. These are the programs that let you edit audio clips and change a lot of other settings related to the audio systems.

Now obviously, using this software is no child’s play. It requires a sound understanding (literally) of computers. Here are the two best sound mixing software that you can use to connect two headphones to your PC.

The common problem with most audio mixing software is that they are paid. Adobe Audition requires a license to work. Voice Meter, on the other hand, is free to use. You will have to purchase a license only if you plan to use it for commercial purposes.

Let us see how Voice Meter can be configured to output audio to two devices on a Windows10 PC.

Step 1: Visit the official VoiceMeeter website.

Step 2: Download the Voicementer ZIP package or the EXE file. The application is compatible with almost all the distributions of Windows starting from Windows XP to Windows 10 (32 and 64 bit).

Step 3: If you have downloaded the ZIP file, extract it. Otherwise, simply run the EXE file as an administrator.

Step 4: You will have to reboot your PC once to finish the installation.

Step 5: After the PC boots up, run the VoiceMeeter application.

Step 7: Now right-click on the speaker icon in the taskbar and open ‘Sound’ settings.

Step 8: In the Sound settings window, switch to the ‘Playback’ tab.

Step 9: You will find the newly added VoiceMeeter Input here. Right-click on it and select the ‘Set as Default Device’ option.

Step 10: Switch back to the VoiceMeeter application.

On the left side, we get an option to mix the two audio input channels, but we are not concerned with that. We are concerned with the Hardware tab. 

Step 11: Press the A1 and A2 buttons and select the speakers that you want to assign to these audio channels.

Once you assign the two headphones that are connected to your PC to the A1 and A2 channels, you can enjoy listening to the same music on both of them.

Conclusion

That’s pretty much what you have to do to connect two or more headphones to your PC and enjoy the music on both devices. We suggest you use the 3.5mm audio splitter to keep things simple.

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