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Controlling Which Application Uses Which Audio Output

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Is there a simple way of shifting applications between audio outputs?

 

Platform:

Windows 7

Gigabyte Z77-D3H [VIA Audio]

Gigabyte HD 7950 [HDMI Audio]

USB PnP Direct3D Audio [sometimes i use this as well]

 

I'm running 3 LCD monitors in my room and 4th is the LCD Television in the Lounge. The 4th is running through HDMI which has audio support...

 

Now when I'm playing a movie i usually do some other stuff but it seems all audio output gets channeled to the TV, so i'm wondering if there's a way of quickly selecting which application to output through which port? Or is it a matter of each application being set individually?

 

 

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Well, technically I don't know the answer to your problem. And I would really like to know.

 

However, what I am intrested in is your setup. You said you are running 3 LCD monitors and a 4th LCD television. This setup amazes me for a number of reasons. First, how did you manage to connect so many displays to a single computer. It would be understandable if you use them alternatively but if you are using simultaneously, this is really amazing. I say amazing because I haven't seen a normal computer which allows you to connect 4 displays simultaneously. On laptops, there is a VGA port and a HDMI port. So you can connect one display via VGA and one via HDMI so you get a total of 3 diaplays.

 

On a normal desktop graphics card, there is a HDMI port, a VGA port and/or DVI port, So at most you can connect 3 displays to it.

 

Unless, I am wrong in my understanding of normal graphics cards of laptops and desktops, you should have done somethign out of the normal to achieve this and I am really interested in knowing this.

 

Secondly, this setup amazed me because I really can't imaging why would someone need 4 displays. 3 displays are more than enough for almost all types of users. In fact, for most 2 displays is the limit. So I would really like to know why do you use 4 displays, It is some special kind of work that requires you to have that much screen space, or is it just because you like it this way.

 

Third reason why I am amazed by this setup is based on "excess of anything is bad". So I would really like to know whether so much extra screen size have any negative effects on user experience and productivity.

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So I would really like to know why do you use 4 displays

I guess that display 4 is used in order to watch movies which are physically files on the PC :D

And the reason is that probably the Television in the Lounge has a wider display and there is more room for friends watching the movies.

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I guess that display 4 is used in order to watch movies which are physically files on the PC :D

And the reason is that probably the Television in the Lounge has a wider display and there is more room for friends watching the movies.

 

exactly :)

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Well, technically I don't know the answer to your problem. And I would really like to know.

 

However, what I am intrested in is your setup. You said you are running 3 LCD monitors and a 4th LCD television. This setup amazes me for a number of reasons. First, how did you manage to connect so many displays to a single computer. It would be understandable if you use them alternatively but if you are using simultaneously, this is really amazing. I say amazing because I haven't seen a normal computer which allows you to connect 4 displays simultaneously. On laptops, there is a VGA port and a HDMI port. So you can connect one display via VGA and one via HDMI so you get a total of 3 diaplays.

 

On a normal desktop graphics card, there is a HDMI port, a VGA port and/or DVI port, So at most you can connect 3 displays to it.

 

Unless, I am wrong in my understanding of normal graphics cards of laptops and desktops, you should have done somethign out of the normal to achieve this and I am really interested in knowing this.

 

Secondly, this setup amazed me because I really can't imaging why would someone need 4 displays. 3 displays are more than enough for almost all types of users. In fact, for most 2 displays is the limit. So I would really like to know why do you use 4 displays, It is some special kind of work that requires you to have that much screen space, or is it just because you like it this way.

 

Third reason why I am amazed by this setup is based on "excess of anything is bad". So I would really like to know whether so much extra screen size have any negative effects on user experience and productivity.

 

i use three monitors (by default) because Playing games with Infinity on three monitors is pretty awesome - Try playing Tomb Raider 2013/Crysis 3 etc on three monitors and trust me you won't wanna fall back to single display. Also when doing stuff on the computer having three screens means you can have more visible applications...I'm running a Gigabyte HD 7950 video card which has 3GB GDDR5 video memory, It has two miniDisplay ports, one HDMI, and one DVI

 

3 LCD in my room runs of the two miniDP and DVI, Lounge TV runs of HDMI... i can even play Crysis 3 on three Monitors while watching a movie on the 4th (have tested but i don't think its cool sitting in the room playing a game while everyone else is watching a movie in the lounge lol)

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i use three monitors (by default) because Playing games with Infinity on three monitors is pretty awesome - Try playing Tomb Raider 2013/Crysis 3 etc on three monitors and trust me you won't wanna fall back to single display. Also when doing stuff on the computer having three screens means you can have more visible applications...I'm running a Gigabyte HD 7950 video card which has 3GB GDDR5 video memory, It has two miniDisplay ports, one HDMI, and one DVI

 

3 LCD in my room runs of the two miniDP and DVI, Lounge TV runs of HDMI... i can even play Crysis 3 on three Monitors while watching a movie on the 4th (have tested but i don't think its cool sitting in the room playing a game while everyone else is watching a movie in the lounge lol)

hmmm... so basically you consume a lot of multimedia... I can imagine that playing games on three monitors would be very exciting and fun..

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well with 3 monitors you get the panorama view, which is pretty awesome... mind you i'm only using 3 4:3 screens... when i'm able to afford 3 16:9 monitors, it will be a lot better, especially if they all run 1080p

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My personal opinion is that when you have more than one screen, 4:3 serves better than the 16:9. The opinion will be especially stronger when there 3 screens involved. Now I don't have any practical experience with 3 screens and this opinion is obviously based on speculation. The logic behind this speculation is that 16:9 would sometimes make you feel that it should have more height (the "9" part) to it. Now is you have 3 such screen lined up horizontally, you are definitely going to feel for more height (again my personal speculation) because it is going to be too wide as compared to the height.

 

So if I ever get the luxury of having 3 screens and choosing which ones to go for, I would definitely go for the 4:3 screens.

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My personal opinion is that when you have more than one screen, 4:3 serves better than the 16:9. The opinion will be especially stronger when there 3 screens involved. Now I don't have any practical experience with 3 screens and this opinion is obviously based on speculation. The logic behind this speculation is that 16:9 would sometimes make you feel that it should have more height (the "9" part) to it. Now is you have 3 such screen lined up horizontally, you are definitely going to feel for more height (again my personal speculation) because it is going to be too wide as compared to the height.

 

So if I ever get the luxury of having 3 screens and choosing which ones to go for, I would definitely go for the 4:3 screens.

 

i guess it would come down to personal preference... but i have tried 3x 22" (16:9) at a friends place and its just amazing really... you get a better panorama view and feel with wide screens

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Your experience is more practical than that of mine, so I guess it deserves more weight. If it feels nicer as compared to the 4:3 screens (as you say after having experience with both), then it should be preferred...

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Your experience is more practical than that of mine, so I guess it deserves more weight. If it feels nicer as compared to the 4:3 screens (as you say after having experience with both), then it should be preferred...

 

at first it feels weird (ime)... but then once you're use to the wide multi screen its quite nice and you wouldn't wanna go back to playing single screen

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What about the Bezel portion of the screens in between. I am definitely sure it would ba annoying but how much ???

 

initially it did... eventually it somehow disappeared - hehe well feels like it when you use to it

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