[Solved] “Make Front And Rear Output Devices Playback Two Different Audio Streams Simultaneously”

In Realtek Audio Manager, “Make front and rear output devices playback two different audio streams simultaneously” is an option that proves handy on many occasions. By making use of that option, people could play audio from two output devices at the same time. That being said, it’s not uncommon to see complaints about the “Make front and rear output devices playback two different audio streams simultaneously” not working. Continue reading if you want to get the option to work as expected and put Realtek Audio Manager to good use. 

Solutions

Solution 1: Run Playing Audio Troubleshooter

  • Step 1: Press Windows + I to open Settings.
  • Step 2: Select Update & Security then choose Troubleshooting.
  • Step 3: Click Additional troubleshooters and pick Playing audio.
  • Step 4: Hit Run the troubleshooter then wait until the troubleshooting completes.
  • Step 5: Assuming that the troubleshooter manages to identify the cause, click Apply this fix.

Solution 2: Disable Front Panel Jack Detection

  • Step 1: Open Realtek Audio Manager.
  • Step 2: Click the folder icon on the top right.
  • Step 3: Check the Disable front panel jack detection checkbox then pick OK.

Solution 3: Set As Default Device 

  • Step 1: Navigate to the right side of the taskbar, right-click the speaker icon and click Sounds.
  • Step 2: Go to the Playback tab, right-click your device and pick Properties.
  • Step 3: Select the dropdown menu next to Device usage then choose Use this device (enable).
  • Step 4: Click Apply and pick OK to save changes then unplug your headphones 
  • Step 5: Restart your computer, plug in your headphones back in and see how things turn out. 

Solution 4: Update Driver

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type devmgmt.msc and press Enter to open Device Manager. 
  • Step 2: Expand Sound, Video, and Game Controllers, right-click Realtek High Definition Audio and pick Update driver. 
  • Step 3: Hit Search automatically for updated driver software then let the process run from start to finish. 
  • Step 4: Restart your computer.
  • Step 5: When the screen comes back on, determine whether the issue persists. 

Note: Depending on the situation, you have to uninstall and reinstall the driver.

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type devmgmt.msc and press Enter to open Device Manager. 
  • Step 2: Expand Sound, Video, and Game Controllers, right-click Realtek High Definition Audio and pick Uninstall device.
  • Step 3: Check the checkbox next to Delete the driver software for this device before hitting OK.
  • Step 4: Restart your computer. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Realtek Audio Manager?

As the name suggests, Realtek Audio Manager is a program that manages audio on Windows computers. Via Realtek Audio Manager, you can change the sound quality in times of need. It’s possible to use Realtek Audio Manager to modify the sound format and play audio on a wide range of output devices too.

How do I use Stereo Mix?

In layman’s terms, Stereo Mix allows you to play audio from more than one output device. To enable Stereo Mix, go through the step down below:

  • Step 1: Navigate to the right side of the taskbar, right-click the speaker icon and click Sounds.
  • Step 2: Go to the Playback tab, select your preferred primary playback device and choose Set Default.
  • Step 3: Go to the Recording tab, right-click Stereo Mix then pick Enable. If you cannot see Stereo Mix, right-click an empty space then pick Show Disabled Devices. After you finish enabling Stereo Mix, right-click Stereo Mix again then pick Set as Default Device. Proceed to right-click Stereo Mix one more time then pick Properties. 
  • Step 4: Navigate to the Listen tab then check the Listen to this device checkbox. Next, select the drop-down menu and choose the second playback device.
  • Step 5: Click Apply and pick OK to close Properties. You then have to click Apply and pick OK again to close Sound. Last but not least, restart your computer. 

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