How to Use a Gaming Headset with the Realtek Audio Manager

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Updated October 25, 2022

Knowing how to use a gaming headset with the Realtek audio manager is easy. It hardly takes any effort outside of ensuring you update driver software regularly.


  • Navigate to the audio device configuration panel, and set your connected headset as the output device. Do the same for your headset microphone device.
  • After you switch over from the default devices, go into advanced settings to ensure your headset microphone audio settings are correct.
  • If you run into problems with this process, check for audio driver updates for your device. You may need to check the sound card, as well.

If you have Windows, you already use Realtek sound drivers. All that’s left is to buy the best gaming headset in your budget and ensure your computer uses the correct driver.

What is a Realtek Optical Audio Driver Software?

Realtek creates the most commonly found sound drivers in Windows computers. They allow your high-definition audio device to work, like amazing Corsair gaming headsets.

But, headsets can sometimes not work correctly if they’re not properly calibrated, which is why you’ll want to figure out why your PS4 headset has no audio or if you set up your gaming headset correctly for OBS.

While advanced settings are available, just plugging into an audio jack will make your Realtek default audio driver work. If you want to get fancy, learn how to use a gaming headset with an audio mixer.

How to Use your Realtek Audio Driver Software

Today we’re talking about how to use a high-definition audio device with your computer headphone jacks. This is vastly different from similar tasks, like learning how to use an Xbox 360 gaming headset on an Xbox One.

Device advanced settings can also be toyed with to your specifications. Either way, keep reading to learn how to get your input jacks to recognize your independent input devices with Realtek.

Insider Tip

You can solve many common user issues through the User BIOS menus with some research.


Search for “Device Manager” in your search bar at the bottom of the screen. You can also right-click on the speaker icon, go to “Sound Settings,” and access sound devices that way.


Once you’re in the Device Manager, look for your audio output. The default output device should automatically switch to your connected headphone.


If your connected headset is not the default audio device, you need to switch it over from any current default devices.


After your audio outputs are set, it’s time to check the sound quality. You can adjust this using the sound settings in the sound control panel.


Make sure the microphone device is set to your headset microphone in the audio inputs section. Now, head to the recording tab to check your headset microphone volume.


Use the microphone volume slider to adjust until you have a desirable audio quality. Finally, head over to the levels tab. Here you can see if your headset mic has the correct volume level.


You should now have a working headset microphone and perfect sound configurations. If the device manager throws any errors, update your audio driver.


Always follow on-screen instructions when they’re available to avoid configuration issues.


How do I install the Asus Realtek HD Audio Manager on Windows?

To download the Asus Realtek HD manager, head over to the Asus manager. The audio driver installation process is easy, and there are on-screen instructions provided in most cases.

How do I access the device’s advanced settings panel?

To access the device advanced settings panel, navigate to the search bar at the bottom of your screen. Type in “Control Panel,” and then go into whichever settings you’re trying to access.

What should I look for in a gaming rig headset?

There are a few questions you should be aware of while shopping for your gaming rig headset:

  • Is having a headphone jack important?
  • Will it work with your current game controllers?
  • Does the mic cable have reports of premature wear?

Are USB devices better than wireless for gaming?

USB devices provide better connectivity and won’t cause lag. This is also true of audio jack ports. Wireless is convenient but can cause audio issues. If you go for a USB audio adapter, watch out for damage to your audio cable.

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