I have a set of wireless headphones and I am trying to connect them to my computer using optical (spdif). When I first plugged them in, I was using ALSA with pulsaudio disabled and I was able to get proper output from them. I then turned pulseaudio on, to see if they still worked. They did not, so I turned pulseaudio off, but now I cannot get any output from my headphones.
I tried playing with my .asoundrc file, but I did not help at all (probably because I have no clue what I was doing).
I am using kde 4.10.5, using my motherboard’s sound card. The headphones I am using are these. The transceiver looks a little bit different, but it should be similar. Sound works perfectly fine with my 3.5mm jack headphones. Let me know what else I need to let you guys know about my system
I would recommend you install and use the application ‘pavucontrol’ (pulse audio volume control) and with that application running, and when you are playing a multimedia file with a multimedia application, redirect the sound to the USB sound device (using pavucontrol).
I did that and found that in the pavu window when playing a file with VLC, on the Playback tab, beside the ALSA plug-in listing, there is a button that was on the built-in sound. Clicking the button gives a drop-down list that includes the bluetooth headphones as their name “AF32”. I clicked that, and there was sound.
The pavu window also had a configuration tab to switch the bluetooth profile to the A2DP setting that goes with these headphones.
I see you have spdif, not bluetooth, but pavucontrol should offer a similar fix for you.
Thanks for the suggestion, installing pavucontrol and playing with the suggestions works. My system seems to try to add new input devices to my monitors soundcard.
However I now have another issue, whenever I start skype and try to play any sound, my audio just turns into intense buzzing and wont stop until I quit the program. Without pulseaudio skype works fine. Does skype not like to play with pulse audio?