Windows 7 5.1 surround sound not working

December 25, 2011 at 10:11:39
Specs: Windows 7, 2.661 GHz / 6142 MB
Just got a Logitech 5.1 X-530, I have a Gigabyte gigabyte Ga-x58a-ud7 motherboard, plug everything in and the Realtek HD audio Manager pops up, set up so when I click the test button it goes round in turn and there is sound from each speaker, problem is whenever I do something else e.g. play music on Itunes I only get sound from 2 speaker and some sound from the sub although there is very little bass, so I am left with the 2 side speakers and centre speaker so working? Please help

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December 25, 2011 at 21:54:55
Pop in a DVD or Blu-ray and you'll get surround sound.

Most music isn't encoded in surround, so you'll have to upmix to 5.1 using Dolby Pro-Logic (or a similar algorithm). I haven't used the analog audio outputs on my PC for a couple years now, but iirc, the audio driver did feature Dolby PLII upmixing.

If your audio driver doesn't allow you to upmix, download AC3Filter and have it upmix the output of a DirectShow player (for example, MPC-HC). You'll have to ditch iTunes, which is a plus--that bloatware makes Windows Media Player seem wonderfully efficient.

As for the lack of bass--I'm blaming the set's small subwoofer. You could try boosting the low-end with your audio driver's EQ, but that'll probably lower the sound quality.

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December 26, 2011 at 14:31:14
I have the x-530 plugged in to my laptop by the headphone jack. set up by 3.5mm jack from the headphone socket on the laptop to two phono's (red + white) into the box. then by green, black and orange 3.5mm jacks into the left speaker. is yours set up the same way? mine is in 5.1 even watching youtube. the little black box converts stereo into 5.1.

Hope this helps

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