This guide is going to be in very detail as it will cover all HTC Vive Sound related issues and their solutions. Currently we have compiled a list of problems that many HTC Vive users are facing and have reported on various forums.
Sound coming from HTC Vive Earbuds but not from TV connected to PC via HDMI
There are quite a few users of HTC Vive who use their PC with their TV to experience VR. Using HDMI means that you are using TV’s display and audio as well. But, when you connect your HTC Vive, the HTC Vive earbuds take over and you hear no sound from TV.
Modifying SteamVR Audio Settings
This fix will use SteamVR to fix this issue. Follow the steps below to solve the issue.
- Open SteamVR.
- Go to Setting.
- Select Audio from options.
- From the first option Set Playback device to select your TV’s audio from the available options.
If you want the audio to come from both the TV and your HTC Vive earbuds, you need to set mirroring device as well.
- From Step 3 above, look at the option Mirror audio to device. Select your HTC Vive from the available options.
- You can also set this option to Do not mirror if you don’t want to have any mirroring device.
Hopefully by now, you will be able to get the sound on your TV and on your HTC Vive as well if you opted for mirror device too.
No Audio Through HTC Vive Headphones After Setting Playback to Speakers
This happens sometimes if you have any external speaker system connected to your PC. The sound comes from these speakers but not from the HTC Vive headphones. Follow the steps below to fix the audio issue.
- Right-click on the volume icon in your tray bar. It will show you few options
- Click on Playback devices.
- It will open a new window which will list all of the playback devices available in your system similar to the screenshot below.
- Right-click on the device that you want to make your default audio playback device. It can be your TV or your external speakers etc.
- Click on the Set as Default device from the options.
- Now open SteamVR and open Settings.
- Go to Audio settings.
- Here, set Mirror audio to device to your HTC Vive.
- Set all other options to Do not change device.
This should solve your issue and you should now be getting audio from both HTC Vive headphones and external speakers.
No Audio When Using HTC Vive Extension Cable
Now there is another scenario where you are hearing no sound while using HTC Vive extension cable. Follow the steps below to get your HTC Vive sound back.
- Open SteamVR.
- If you have not used the HTC Vive headset for a long time while it’s still plugged to your PC, there’s a chance that it’s on standby mode. You need to wake up your HTC Vive headset by shaking it a bit or moving it from its place.
- From SteamVR, open Settings.
- Go to Audio menu options.
- Under When SteamVR is active, choose HTC Vive from the drop-down options for Set Playback device to.
- If you are using any speakers, choose those or USB-Audio device if it’s a USB based speakers or headset from the drop-down options for Set Playback device to.
- Check if your HTC Vive is set as default device for audio in Windows. Follow Step 1 to Step 5 in guide No Audio Through HTC Vive Headphones After Setting Playback to Speakers to set your HTC Vive headset as primary device to receive audio from Windows.
Mono Sound while using HTC Vive headphone jack
Sometimes, you don’t hear the sound properly and only receive mono sound in your headphones. This occurs when the 3.5mm jack is not pushed in completely into the port. Make sure that you have properly plugged into the HTC Vive headphone jack.
No Audio When Using USB Headphones using HTC Vive Extra USB Port
Audio stops When Plugged into HTC Vive Headphone Jack
Some users have also reported that they don’t hear any sound when they connect their USB headphones via HTC Vive extra USB port. In order to get the sound back on your headphones connected via HTC Vive extended USB port, follow the steps below.
- Right-click on the volume icon in your tray bar and select Playback devices.
- On the next window, you will see a list of playback devices that you can choose from.
- Right-click on HTC-VIVE-0 and select Set as Default Device.
- If you can’t see the HTC-VIVE-0 option there, it might be disabled or disconnected.
- Right-click anywhere inside the list and select both of the following options one by one.
- Show Disabled Devices.
- Show Disconnected Devices.
- Now you should see the HTC-VIVE-0 playback option. Make it your default playback device.
Common Fixes for HTC Vive No Sound problem
Following are few of the common fixes that worked for many HTC Vive users who were not getting any sound from HTC Vive.
Checking Volume slider for HTC-VIVE-0
- Right-click on volume icon in tray bar and select Open Volume Mixer.
- Under Device option which is the 1st option, select HTC-VIVE-0 from the drop-down list.
- Slide the volume from 0 to 50.
Use HTC-VIVE-0 HMDI
According to some users, using the above option worked for them. Technically, this option is also better because of extra latency it provides when delivering audio over a USB connection.
Disable NVIDIA HDMI Output
Sometimes, even though you are using HDMI connection between your LED or LCD and PC but you are using any other device like headphones or speakers to hear the sound. When you upgrade your NVIDIA drivers, it also installs NVIDIA Audio drivers every time unless you opt for for custom installation. This always change your default playback device to NVIDIA Audio. You need to disable it.
- Right-click on the volume icon in your Windows tray bar
- Select Playback devices option.
- On the next window, you will see a list of playback devices including NVIDIA HDMI Output as well.
- Right-click on each one of them if you have more than one and select Disable.
- Now right-click on HTC-VIVE-0 and select Set as Default Device in order to tell Windows to make this as your default playback device.