I have two computers. I want to share a set of speakers between them. This should be more straightforward than it is.
The most obvious solution was to get a KVM switchbox (a dohickey that lets you control multiple machines using one mouse, keyboard and monitor) with an audio throughput. However to get one that fulfilled all my needs was a bit pricey. And overkill, since I already have two keyboards, two mice and a monitor with a switchable video input.
So I looked at splitters. It's possible to do what I want with a cable splitter but it messes up the sound quality and might damage my sound cards. Another option is to daisy chain the PC's together via audio out/in. But this would mean 1 PC would always have to be on.
This is the solution I've come up with:
Speakers (ending in male headphone jack) -> (female - female adaptor) -> (headphone jack) Audio Component cable (Red/White connectors)->
Video switchbox (yellow/red/white component but I'm just using red and white) Switching between:
1) (Red/White Connectors) Audio COmponent cable (Headphone jack) -> Computer 1
2) (Red/White Connectors) Audio COmponent cable (Headphone jack) -> Computer 2
I don't see any reason this won't work, and can't think of a better way of doing it. Anyone else got a better idea?