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Can I separate audio output in two device? Devices that I want to output are laptop speaker and headphone.

There was no results in googling. And in setting, there was no button for generate for separating.

My laptop is MSI62 2QF. I frequently change hearing position so I want to change setting.

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    I don't know your hardware, but I'd try using pavucontrol (Pulse Audio volume control) to see if you can select output. I've had great success on some machines with this, less on others & assumed it was hardware that controlled what functions I could/couldn't do (I didn't care enough to explore further)
    – guiverc
    Jan 18, 2019 at 5:23
  • separate audio output in two device it is unclear: do you want two playback sources each in a separate output or do you want one playback in both internal speakers and headset?
    – user47206
    Jan 18, 2019 at 7:57
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    Possible duplicate of Play sound through two or more outputs/devices
    – user47206
    Jan 19, 2019 at 21:46

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separate audio output in two device it is unclear: do you want two playback sources each in a separate output or do you want one playback in both internal speakers and headset?


If you want two or more playback sources each in a separate output: that is possible with pavucontrol (PulseAudio Volume Control): you should be able to output each different playback source to a separate device, like for example VLC to headset and Qmmp to internal speakers.

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Depending on your desktop the same options may be present in the default audio volume settings (e.g. in Plasma:Audio Volume Settings > Audio Volume > (tab)Applications).

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If you want playback in all output devices at the same time (e.g. in both internal speakers and headset): as indicated here install paprefs and set it (selecting the “Simultaneous output”).

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But I am in Kubuntu 18.04, and in Plasma 5.12 paprefs is not needed, as a similar setting is already there:

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A new output option should become available after reboot, called “Simultaneous output”.

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  • In 18.10 with Plasma 5.13.5 that “Simultaneous output” option has been removed, so aprefs is needed.
    – user47206
    Jan 21, 2019 at 8:09

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