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Upgrading to 5.1 Surround Sound (or better?)

Q: Upgrading to 5.1 Surround Sound (or better?)

Hello all I received some wonderful help here in replacing my graphics card which is working out absolutely smoothly and so I m wondering if any of you would have any recommendations for going from 5.1 Upgrading to (or Surround better?) Sound stereo to surround sound for my computer I m a bit of an audiophile so I m looking for something that can produce the greatest audible range of notes sounds in the best clarity richness resonance possible - basically I m flat out looking for the best QUALITY of sound I don t necessarily need a subwoofer that hammers the floor but I m looking for something as crisp and Upgrading to 5.1 Surround Sound (or better?) immersive as possible hopefully within about dollars for the speakers willing to spend more for something fantastic that is built to last Stereo just isn t cutting it when I know that a few extra speakers can add a LOT of atmosphere to my games and music I have two cheapy Bose speakers right now I miss my second-hand haha I m less familiar with peripherals than with the hardware itself so whatever information you need - additional specs how many slots the back of my tower has - whatever you need to recommend me something that will work with my system just let me know Windows Vista Ultimate bit Intel Core Quad CPU at GHz GB RAM CX Corsair PSU quot NVIDIA High Definition Audio quot Under sound card my computer is just listing quot NVIDIA High Definition Audio quot yikes Does that mean this system doesn t even have a proper sound card It s a year old pre-built Dell Top of the line when it was released but a bit old even with the upgraded graphics and PSU nbsp

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A: Upgrading to 5.1 Surround Sound (or better?)

You're not an 'audiophile' if you just know a few buzzwords like "clarity". Music is not encoded in surround (99%+ of cases), so that won't help you with immersion. Also, powered stereo monitors will give you the best quality for music. If you want surround sound for games, however, see below.

You have some options:
1. Use analogue outputs (like headphone plug, you should have at least three at the back of your PC for this to work) connected to a high-end Logitech or Creative etc 5.1 system.
2. Purchase a sound card (make sure it will fit) with Dolby Digital Live encoding, use the optical output, and connect to any surround sound system that has Dolby Digital Live decoding. This will give you the best quality.
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Also, I can't open Realtek HD Audio Manager (RTHDCPL.exe). Only RTLCPL.exe (Sound Effect Manager) works. When I click on RTHDCPL.exe nothing happens. Please do help out.


A:No Sound From Surround/Centre/Subwoofer In Realtek Sound Effect Manager Test

try this:

1) try to go to the settings of your sound effect manager & there are selections there for 2.0, or what ever you may find that corresponds to your speaker channel.

2) if nothing corresponds to the given selections,try to download the latest audio driver from your motherboard's manufacturer website.

3) otherwise,you need to plug-in a sound card that has the feature to play with 6.1 channel audio.

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A:Solved: sound help setting up 5.1 surround sound

You only have 2 Channel audio.

You can use the Matrix(Surrround) button on the speakers to get audio from all the speakers when using only a 2 channel input but its not as good as having true 6 channel output from the PC.

Or you can buy a Creative Live! Or Audigy card such as this:
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A:how to get 5.1 surround sound through TV's USB

5.1 comes through coaxial, fiberoptic or hdmi.
Why didn`t you get a Sony Blueray player ?

Don`t know of any dvd player that uses usb for video transmission.
Why aren`t you using the home theater for 5.1 ?
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A:5.1 Surround Sound

According to the PDF Manual for the device...which I found with a Google search...this is a 4 Channel audio device.
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A:Help with surround sound

You need to make sure your audio management software is set to 5.1 and spdif for it to work correctly!!!!
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A:Surround sound

make sure your sound card is set to suround sound and not sterio, this should be somewhere in the creative volume panel.

also check your cables and connectors, it often helps to unplug everything and start again

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A:Need to set up surround sound help =(

the fact that it's working with your realtek software is a positive sign. at least you know the problem is not with your speakers and sound card.

you will need to check your wmp settings, will not be a codec problem since wmp (v11 with vista) will support playing all music, maybe not dvd's!! recommending powerdvd for that. just wonderful software, but not free!!
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* * wmp settings: go to tools > options > devices > speakers > properties, make sure that the correct audio device is being used, in your case, realtek.

if that's correct or doesn't fix the problem, try uninstalling your realtek software and do a new fresh installation. just to make sure you didn't skip a surround sound setting somewhere maybe. will only be a setting, can promise you that. i'm not familiar with realtek software so can't really guide you to the specific setting problem.
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A:Surround Sound!!!

I have surround sound with my sound blaster. Not sure of current prices, but as far as you neighbors go, it depends on how loud you turn it up!
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A:No Surround Sound

If reinstalling the "whole system" did not fix it, I would suspect something other than the Realtek drivers.

What speaker system do you have? 2.1, 5.1 or 7.1? Is the speaker type set correctly in the Sound Panel, Playback section for the type of speaker system you have?

In the Sound Panel/Recording section, Stereo Mix should be set as default recording device.
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A:5.1 Surround sound

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A:5.1 surround sound help

That should be "x86" not "x84" in your system specs just to let you know for the 32bit.

Which Creative model are you running? If you have one of the Audigy 4 models or any X-Fi series card no problem on the drivers and audio console launcher! I've been through the Creative support site for those enough times. You system specs show SigmaTEl for the sound card.
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A:no surround sound on dvd

Hi folks, hope someone can help me out on this. Thanks.
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A:Surround sound

Do you have a multi-channel sound card or onboard audio? Older onboard audio is only 2 channel.
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A:Surround sound

You may need to use the optical or Coaxial out, vs a stereo adapter as well as setting it to 5.1 in Windows.
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A:Help with Surround Sound

The best you are going to get from that Panasonic is a stereo connection from the computer, as it only has stereo audio inputs (red and white RCA jacks). If you do connect it the only way to get suround out of it is to use the Dobly Prologic II setting.
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Get the real deal.

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Read the customer reviews.
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A:7.1 Surround Sound?

Hillian said:

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A:Need Surround Sound

Quote: Originally Posted by web

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A:Can't set 5.1 surround sound. Please help

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A:5.1 Surround sound ?

try reinstalling the software that came with it if any and any programs that play music like winamp and windows media player try to look at those settings.

if that dosent work get new speaker brand w/center... 5.1 try that.
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A:5.1 surround sound

You have to have a 5.1 surround sound speaker set connected to your system.
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A:5.1 Surround Sound

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A:Help me with 5.1 surround sound?

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A:Surround sound issues

Quote: Originally Posted by hungrytoheal

. I then plugged a Y adapter from the red and white AUX IN ports on the main unit into the green jack on my sound card

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Does this happen on all servers, and what happens if you disable it ?, also, what makes you think it's the surround sound thats the issue ?.
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A:Surround sound Problem

have ya tried just settin the up in stereo rather than 5.1?

that might just split into left and right. when its in 5.1 it might only play through the back speakers if your watchin something in 5.1.

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A:no surround sound windows 7

Quote: Originally Posted by flynt169

no matter what i do, nothing will give me true surround sound. I only have 2 options of outputting sound from my computer, 3.5mm jack, which im pretty sure doesnt support surround sound, and hdmi out. Heres the kicker: when i change my output source via control panel/sounds, to the hdmi output, I get only stereo. but when i change the output to the 3.5mm jack, I can hear from all 5 speakers. Isnt that *** backwards? I mean im pretty sure hdmi supports digital audio and 3.5mm jack does not, so youd think it would be the other way around. Ohh, and i say i can hear from all 5 speakers when using the 3.5 jack, but it isnt true surround sound, i think. i think my receiver is emulating it (although it has a surround sound emulation setting, and i make sure it is off and that its on dolby pro logic 2 surround sound) and the reason i think this is because when i have the audio out set to the 3.5mm and run audio test files to test each speaker, (you know the ones that say audibly 'left front speaker ...... right front speaker ..... and so on) i can only hear when she say front left and right speakers, in the correct speaker. but when i have it set to hdmi audio, i can hear front and rear left out of the front left speaker, and i can hear front right, rear right, and center out of the right speaker. also, when its on hdmi, i can go to the control pannel/sound and click on realtek digital audio (the hdmi) and under advanced tab under default format there is only 2 channel options (a lot of em, from 16bit 44,110 hz up to 24bit 192,000 hz, but all of em are proceeded by 2 chanel) But when i select the speakers under control panel/sound (the 3.5mm jack) i have the same options, only none of them are proceeded by ANY channel numbers. heres a screenshot of each so you can see what i mean:

Here are my specs and connections:
computer:gateway gm5474
surround sound reciever: rca rt2870
tv: vizio vx52lfhdtv10a

further specs on computer:
windows 7 ult. 64x, using realtek hd audio manager or just the control pannel/sound. i found out they both do the same thing.

i have the hdmi going from the computer, into the tv. and then an optical audio out from my tv to the reciever.
i have the 3.5mm jack going directly into the reciever

Hi and welcome.

Don't know much about surround sound but here it goes.
It sasy your motherboard has Integrated 8-Channel (7.1) High Definition Audio.

Another idea is have you set up your sound and speakers in Media Center?
I know that has selection for surround sound.

If that doesn't work I'd check your BIOS.
If you are not getting the proper output from the audio jacks I'd look in your bios and see what you have in relations to sound.
Sometime a minor change in the bios makes it all work.
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cwirick, welcome to the Seven Forums.

I would start with checking you have the Nvidia HDMI audio driver installed,


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I have a surroundsound system which I've plugged into my speaker/headphone output.

I don't expect it to work in full surround sound put when i put it into surroundsound mode the extra speakers crackle and then cut out, and the whole system stops making any noise. It only works with surround sound feature disabled on the soundsystem.

I have looked into the sound settings on my laptop and it doesn't give me the option of any satellite speakers, that box is just greyed out.

Does anyone who knows more than me about sound systems (not very difficult) know how I can make use of my extra speakers?


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You forgot to mention what sort of sound device you are using on your laptop...
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I got the same problem with my X-fi, no sound from the rear speakers, despite them testing out fine in the Creative sound applet. In games they all work, just in music they dont (now). They were working before and I had sound from all speakers, but dont know what happened, sound stopped coming out from the rear ones recently.

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A:Question about surround sound

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