Changing Winamp’s Output Device

I forgot my headphones last week and wanted to make Winamp output to a USB headset instead. It wasn’t immediately obvious how to achieve this, so I thought it may be useful to share the knowledge.

  1. Open the Winamp Preferences box
  2. Go to ‘Output’ plugins
  3. Locate the ‘Nullsoft DirectSound Output’ plugin and click configure
  4. Select the device you want from the dropdown and click apply
  5. Click OK to close the box
  6. Restart Winamp! (this is not obvious!)

Alternatively, you might be able to do this via the OS as well. I run Windows 7 and did it as follows:

  1. Right click on the little speaker in the taskbar (next to the clock) and select ‘Playback Devices’
  2. Choose the device that you want to use, right click on it and select ‘Set as Default Device’

I noticed when I changed the USB headset to be the default playback device that for some reason I lost sound in Google Talk voice conversations. No idea why and I didn’t spend any time investigating it. Hence the method above for Winamp only.

Hope this is useful.

5 thoughts on “Changing Winamp’s Output Device

  1. Finally, thanks alot!
    most important step: RESTART WINAMP! i wondered why it wouldn’t work, then i saw the last step 😀 really not obvious ^^ but after you restarted it, it works. thanks

  2. Hi,

    This post ‘Changing Winamp’s Output Device’ helps me a lot.

    Today is 04 june 2015, I’m Porto Alegre, city from south of Brazil, waiting 5 hours to my flight to Rio de Janeiro.

    Me headphones stop working so… thanks!


  3. thanks for this, been struggling to play games (paladins) with music on speakers and game sounds on headphones as isn’t an in-game toggle.

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