Solved Sound Issues Hardware vs Software

April 12, 2018 at 01:22:40
Specs: Windows 10, 16GB
In the past I believed dedicated Sound cards were the way to go and it was a no brainer. Today I have heard similar quality from OBAudio with Audio software as compared to Dedicated cards with their OEM software.

My issue is this, I have a custom build with a Fatality Mobo that has a Realtek HD set up and at some point in driver and Windows 10 updates the sound is comparable to Stereo spread over 5.1 speakers... I have a Dell Gaming rig that comes with Maxx Audio software and at some point in driver and Windows 10 updates the sound is comparable to Stereo spread over 5.1 speakers...

I don't understand what it is I need to do to get a real 5.1 experience back... Both PCs have physical 5.1 speaker setups that have sounded great for years. Now though, they sound like stereo fillers. One has Realtek HD audio app and the other has Maxx Audio and no matter the settings I choose it sounds like Stereo filling the room instead of 5.1.

I don't know if I need to get a certain driver, software, go back to dedicated sound cards but I am sick of Crap sound from my Gaming Rigs.. its down right sad!

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April 12, 2018 at 01:56:14
a headphone with 7.1 for 80~100$?

my gf bought me a Turtle beach ear force Z60 7.1 DTS, can say its really really good
was priced at 120$, but because of a sale it was priced at 80$

it came with a little box on the cord which lets me change audio settings on the fly:
(media, gaming,music)
lets you select mono, stereo, 5.1 & 7.1 outputs
setting it up does take a few minutes, but definitely worth it

i5-6600K[delid]@4.8GHz/4.5GHz@1.385v | 2x4GB Crucial-DDR4-2133@14-14-14-30 1T 2800MHz@1.37v
ASUS Z170K | Samsung 250GB SSD 850 EVO
MSI Armor RX 570 4GB@1413@1.212v/1920 BiosMod

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April 12, 2018 at 13:46:47
You need to be specific about your motherboard. There are dozens of Fatal1ty boards. Try downloading the audio drivers from ASRock rather than Microsoft.

As for your Dell, do you mean Analog Devices (ADI) SoundMAX audio? They sold out to Conexant several years ago. The 1st place to look for drivers would be the Dell website. If no luck there, try Conexant, but you will probably need the model # of the audio chip.

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April 12, 2018 at 14:03:13
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Reference drivers from Realtek should only be used as a last resort. As riider stated, get the correct sound drivers for your exact motherboard from Asrock.

If the file was NOT encoded to play as a 5.1 file then the software will attempt to simulate. So, be sure the file is compatible before making judgements.

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April 12, 2018 at 21:01:36
If the correct drivers do not help. since you have the speakers already a decent sound card is probably much less than the head phones referred to above.
The right drivers should make a big difference though.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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May 6, 2018 at 01:11:01
The MoBo for my custom build is an AsRock z170 K6. I have the latest drivers for the board from their siite installed.

The drivers for the Dell are Realtek Maxx Audio drivers the latest from Dells site.

Not sure why this got flagged as Solved but...

Both PCs no matter the content; Videos supporting 5.1+, music supporting 5.1+, Games supporting 5.1+, all sound like Stereo Filling the speakers and not true 5.1+.

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May 7, 2018 at 12:01:25

So then you don't feel #3 above solved your problem? If so, I can remove the best answer designation. I don't know how that got marked either. Normally that is done by the person asking for help.

You may want to actually check the drivers in use by digging down into the sound hardware listing.

The correct driver for that board is listed below with a link to the download.

Realtek high definition audio driver ver:
Windows® 10 64bit 233.65MB 2015/11/27

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