Play Music Through Speakers While Using Headphones (For both PC and Mac) (COMPLETE)

Imagine a situation when you are listening to music on your Computer using your headphone and someone else also wishes to listen to it but on a Speaker. With technologies getting better and better every day, it is now possible to listen to music through the speaker while using your headphones at the same time. It does not matter if you are using Android or Apple because you are just a few steps away from enjoying your music.

So, how do you play music through speakers while using headphones for both PC and Mac? Here is a simple solution for you.

For Windows/Personal Computer

There are three ways to play music through speakers while using headphones with Windows such as

  • Adjusting your computers sound settings
  • Using software from a third-party audio mixer
  • Using a Bluetooth adapter or an audio splitter

For Mac

To play music through speakers while using headphones with Mac there are two ways such as

  • By adjusting the settings on your Mac
  • Or by using an audio splitter

Let us now learn about all these ways in detail so that next time you wish to use both your headphones and your speaker you will be able to do so easily.

On a Personal Computer

Adjusting your computers sound settings

Before adjusting your computer’s sound settings ensure that your headphones and your speakers are properly connected to your computer and they are turned on. Also, make sure to keep the volume of both devices low to avoid the sudden outburst of sound.

  • Go to the taskbar on your computer screen below and right-click on the volume icon
  • Click on open sound settings
  • Click on the playback tab and navigate to speakers. Right-click on that and select Set as Default device

Sound Setting

  • Now go to the Recording tab and right-click on Stereo Mix
  • Now click on properties and then click on the Listen Tab
  • Under the listen tab select the ox that says Listen to this device
  • A Playback tab will now appear
  • Click on it and select your headphones from the drop-down list
  • Now click on Apply

The second way to play music through speakers while using your headphones on your Personal Computer is by

Using software from a third-party audio mixer

Adjusting your sound settings temporarily is a good-to-go method however if you are a professional and playing music is your profession then you might want to consider using an audio mixer. An audio mixer will let you produce better sound quality and is great if you prefer to use your headphones and your speaker frequently.

There are a lot of free audio mixer apps available in the market that will allow you to do this process easily such as the Voicemeeter app, Chevolume app, and the Audio Router app. These apps are very easy to download, install and use.

Using a Bluetooth adapter or an audio splitter

The third way of playing music through speakers while using headphones on a personal computer is by using a Bluetooth adapter or a good audio splitter. This is one of the simplest methods of connecting both devices and not making any changes to your software settings. The Audio splitter allows you to connect the splitter to your computer and plugging the headphones into one port and the speakers into the other.

Audio splitter

Using a splitter allows you to listen to the same music on both your PC and your headphones without any disturbance. Splitters also come with multiple port options which allow you to connect multiple devices to your computer at the same time. Some splitters also come with an option to connect your mic so that you can sing along while listening to music.

In case you are using a Bluetooth speaker and Bluetooth headphones then you can use a Bluetooth adapter with it which will work as a splitter for your devices. To use your Bluetooth adapters you will have to connect them to your computer USB port and connect your Bluetooth devices to the adapter.

On a Mac

Let us now see how to play music on your speaker while using the headphones in Mac.

By adjusting the settings on your Mac

To play more than two speakers and a headphone is much easier on a mac compared to windows. For playing the speaker and the headphones at the same time, you will have to use the Systems Preferences in your Mac to set up a Multi-Output Device. Setting up a Multi-Output device works on any device whether it has two wires or only one wire.

To set up the multi-output device on your Mac, ensure that your speakers are charged and are connected to your Mac including your headphone. As a precautionary measure, we suggest you keep the volume of your speaker and headphone low to avoid the sudden sound outburst which might cause harm to your eardrums.

  • Click on Finder on the taskbar below and go to Applications
  • Now go to Utilities

Mac finder

  • Click on MIDI setup
  • Now click on the + sign on the lower-left corner and a drop-down will appear
  • Select Multi-output device or Audio Midi Setup
  • Move your cursor to the Multi-output device and two-finger click on it
  • Select Use this device for sound output
  • Now go to Multi-output device again and click on the boxes towards the right side which you would like to use
  • Click on the Master Device now and select the device that you wish to make your master device
  • Now click on the checked boxes again on the right-hand side and choose the device which you wish to make your secondary /slave device
  • Now go back to the Systems preferences tab again on the taskbar
  • Open the Sound panel
  • Click on the Output tab and select Multi-output device from the drop-down list

Your Mac is now set to start playing music through the speakers while using the headphones

By using an audio splitter

The second way to use the speakers and the headphones at the same time on a Mac is to use an audio splitter. Do make a note that an audio splitter is required only if you want to use more than two devices at the same time for example two speakers and one headphone. If you are using only one speaker and one headphone, then a Multi-output device will do the job.

Using a splitter will give you the freedom to use your Mic while listening to the songs which is a great way to enjoy your Karaoke evenings. However, the issue that comes with having a splitter is that it requires you to spend money. Ensure you invest in a good Splitter for your Mac as investing in a cheap one might damage your system and your devices someday.


We really hope that you have enjoyed reading this article today. It will be great if you found the article interesting and helpful. So the next time you wish to play music through your speakers and use your headphones at the same time try the methods given above.

We hope you will be able to fix your speaker and the headphones to your system following the steps mentioned here and enjoy your music the way you want to.

Evan Grant

A Musician, headphones lover, boyfriend and also the lead Editor of ElectricFieldsFestival, Evan Grant is the guy who runs this site. He's a great Roger Federer fan and is always up for a game of Tennis.

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