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I want music (played e.g. via Audacious) to be played on speaker system, and all other sounds produced by other applications (including ubuntu sound effects) to be played on headphones.

  1. My computer has sound connectors at its back, and also connectors on its front panel. When I connect both headphones and speakers, only headphones work (I take it, the front connectors take precedence?). Should I purchase another sound card (in addition to the motherboard-integrated sound I have)?

  2. When I go to Audacious output settings, I see only the ouput plugin selection list, with PulseAudio selected and options like ALSA, OSS4 etc. But there's no facility to select particular output device (and I guess it wouldn't magically appear even if I had the second soundcard). Is this at all possible to bind specific application to particular output device?

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You don't have to buy another sound card in order to hear the output sound on multiple devices. Take a look at this item from Best Buy.

There will be no quality loss by using this approach, however the amplitude may be reduced - meaning: you may have to turn it up louder and you'll be just fine.

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Thanks for your comment. I'm afraid, it's not exactly what I want: it allows hearing the same sound from multiple headphones. But I want to hear different sounds (from different programs) through different headphones/speakers. –  Mike Nov 20 '12 at 16:47

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