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Using stereo speakers with a 5.1 sound card

Q: Using stereo speakers with a 5.1 sound card


I recently purchased an inexpensive sound card. However, it's a 5.1 card, and I only have stereo desktop speakers. I really don't want to splurge, and the El-Cheapo card didn't come with anything but drivers. Anyone know how I can make the sound card output in stereo as opposed to 5.1.

Note. This is WIndows 2000. I may or may not have posted in the wrong forum (may be a windows issue)

Preferred Solution: Using stereo speakers with a 5.1 sound card

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Using stereo speakers with a 5.1 sound card

I have windows xp but the way to do this should be the same. Go to control panel, then go to sounds and device. There should be an option for speaker settings there. click on advanced and then change your speaker set up. hopefully this will solve your problem. :wave:

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Hi I want to know if I can get surround sound with my SB Live and two sets of stereo speakers. How?
And is there a way I can use all 4 speakers and only 1 transformer?

A:Surround sound with stereo speakers

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I have a pair of stereo speakers, and because of the length of the power cord, and the length of of the 3.5mm jack cable, switching the speakers around is impossible. When I put headphones into the headphone jack in the left (or right channel) speaker, the channels are restored to their proper place. Now every time, as a result, every guy trying to murder me on the right sounds like they're on the left.

I have a Realtek sound driver, and no idea what sound card I have.

A:Stereo speakers sound reversed

Sounds like an inexpensive electrical extension cord would solve this ...

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I have a real issue with my new hp notebook 17 - windows 10. I work with playbacks and sequences and I got this new laptop to play them using both stereo channels (Left and Right). The problem is tha the output from my laptop is NOT STEREO there's some left in the right channel and there is some right sound in the left channel.... THIS A BIG PROBLEM! Can anybody help me solve this issue? This is an urgent matter for me.... HELP Please! I already use an USB Audio Card, download the latest audio drivers, anything any forum has try and that didnt solve the problem! It is unthinkable that I can use stereo output in a laptop, specially when that was the main reasin I got it! My specs>Win 10 - 64bitsAMD A6-6310 APU4Gb RAM8130 25.12 System board Realtek High Definition AudioRTKVHD64.sys version driver My hp comes with DTS Studio Sound (if that helps... Some forums propose an uninstall of this "enhacement" as a solution but This can't be uninstalled) Thanks! Juan 

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The big overarching problem is that I'm not hearing voices coming out of my center channel when there should be voices coming out of my center channel. For example, when playing DiRT 2 there is clearly an icon showing that someone is talking to me, but I can't hear them. This also happens during Left 4 Dead 2's intro movie, lots of ambient sound effects and music but no dialog. Odd.

I think this is being caused by a larger problem though. My motherboard is a Gigabyte 790XTA-UD4 running Realtek audio drivers and a Logitech THX 5.1 surround system plugged into the line in jacks on said mobo. Here's what's happening:
The audio manager clearly indicates when I plug in the subwoofer/center channel, rear speakers etc, but when I do the audio test I only get sound from my left and right channels.
I tried hooking up my speakers to my SPDIF out, but I get no sound at all when conducting the speaker test. The cable is good, so that's not the problem. Unlike the line in inputs, there is no indication whatsoever that I have plugged in an optical device which seems odd to me. The red light is on in the SPDIF out port which means it should be working correct?
Same deal with the coax output. No sound or indication that anything has been plugged in.
Here's where it gets more odd. When I play my games the sound comes from all speakers. All 5.1, except for the utter lack of voices from the center channel even though I can hear other sound coming from the c... Read more

A:5.1 speakers only delivering stereo sound. Could this be part of a larger problem?

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Hi Lenovo and everyone, I have two issues with the sound of my Y700-15ISK:I.When any Realtek driver is installed that includes support for the subwoofer, a high pass filter is applied on the main stereo speakers, making sound poorer and more mono-like, especially with enhanced bass using an equalizer.(High pass filter removes low bass frequencies from the main stereo speakers.)(When the default Microsoft driver is installed that does not have subwoofer support, no high pass filter is applied on the main stereo speakers.)Is there a way to disable the high pass filter? I would like bass to come from the main stereo speakers as well. I see no such option on any of the available GUIs, is there such an option from a Command Line Interface?If there is no such option currently, could you put this option in a subsequent driver release, or simply remove the high pass filter from the driver?If you do not have the resources to do so, could you enable us to modify the driver source code and create a custom driver without high pass filter? I am sure the community would love the enhanced music coming from this and similar laptops using the updated driver.(Win 10 or Win7) II.Only on Win7:Subwoofer is out of sync with the main stereo speakers resulting in echo.Happens using Lenovo's Win7 64-bit, Win10 64-bit, and Realtek's generic driver as well. Could you guys fix this? Does anyone have a solution for these? Thanks,Andras

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I have no audio, but when I go to (right-click sound icon in tray) --> Playback Devices --> Playback tab --> right click "Speakers / Headphones Realtek High Definition Audio" --> Configure, then in Speaker Setup dialog:
* If I select Quadraphonic in the "Audio channels" list, I hear sound for the RL (rear-left) and RR (rear-right) speakers, with my stereo speakers plugged into the black jack in back. I cannot get sound when testing the regular L and R speakers in Quadraphonic mode; I've tried all 5 jacks.
* When I select Stereo, then clicking L or R speaker icon to test results in no sound, again no matter which of the 5 jacks i plug my stereo speakers into.
* So the only way I have sound is in Quadraphonic mode, but only for the back speakers. Therefore I cannot hear regular stereo output from applications, such as Youtube in Chrome.
This seems like a bug, or a highly unintuitive aspect of Realtek's or Dell's software at best. Any ideas on how to solve? (Beside buying full surround sound speakers)

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This is what I heard. You can use matrix mode and when playing music, still get sound from all 5 speakers without a 5.1 card

A:Logitech Z5300 speakers: Doesnt require 5.1 sound card to run from all 5 speakers?

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I cant get these things to work together I think I just dunno what Im doing..

Installed my PCI card and setup my speakers and plugged em in etc.. Installed the drivers for 7.1 sound as the instructions suggested for me to do, even though my speakers are actually 5.1 (Logitech X-530) wonder if thats whats wrong...anyway

now my woofer works and so do my front two speakers but my other 3 are left out..what to do?

Thanks all!

A:Chaintech AV710 Sound Card and Logitech 5.1 Speakers: only 2 speakers work

I'd say install the 5.1 drivers and be sure the speakers are plugged into the correct ports

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I recently changed my motherboard (to Asus Maximus Extreme II) and it came with a soundcard (SupremeFXII 7.1).

I have tried to record sound from the card, but the stereo mixer is missing in the sound menu. The only icon is CD Volume, mic volume and line in.

I have tried the following method:

For Windows Vista users
- Go to Sound in the Control Panel's classic view
- Select the Recording tab and right-click any of the devices listed.
- Check "Show Disabled Devices" and "Show Disconnected Devices".
- Stereo Mix should show up. Set it as default.

But Stereo mixer doesn't show. I also installed drivers from Realtek without any positive results.

Any software that silves this problem??

A:Sound Card - SupremeFXII - Stereo Mix Missing

Any suggestions??? Any useful tips?

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I have a SB audigy Platinum soundcard and a logitech 5.1 speaker system.
I have my soundcard mixer set to 5.1, my wires are connected properly ( I try optical and analog jacks and the same problem occurs).

My problem is that I only have stereo sound (front and sub). I do a test withthe creative mixer, and there is only silence for the center and rear speakers. I tested my logitech speakers with it's own testing button and they show pink noise on all 5 speakers.

What is going on? I updated the drivers, and I still have the same problem...

A:Audigy platinum sound card: Stereo only

I'm desperate for help since Creative labs is not helping out anymore.

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Hi. ^^ Well, idk if you guys remember me from the Vista Forums but... I recently got a new Toshiba Laptop that has Windows 7 64-bit.
As far as I know it is running well, just with a little bit of problems that I [hopefuly] got them fixed.
*The biggest thing I have is the sound card not reading the "Wave Out" AKA the 'Stereo Mix". >__< I really use it, especially for Skype calls but I can't seem to fix this in any way (Toshiba has only the Win7 version).
I have the 'Conexant SmartAudio HD Version

Some Info I gather from DxDiag (NOTE: for some reason it's showing the wrong driver version. O_o):

Driver Name: CHDRT64.sys
Driver Version: 4.119.0000.0000 (English)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
WHQL Logo'd: n/a
Date and Size: 3/31/2010 01:50:16, 724536 bytes
Other Files:
Driver Provider: Conexant
Please, I want to fix this problem ASAP (though It may not be a problem, just something that Microsoft did for Win7) >_<

A:~Sound card... NOT reading Wave Out AKA Stereo Mix >_<

It's not really a "Microsoft" problem. It's the Toshiba or sound vendor's drivers. If you don't have the System Mixer you will have to try and find a different driver. Have you checked Toshiba for an update?

However, have you checked the Recording panel, in the Sound Panel to see if it's there but not enabled? Go to the Control Panel/Hardware and Sound and finally Sound. In the Recording Tab section if the System Mixer (or Wave Out) is not displayed, RIGHT click in an empty space in that panel and then click to show disabled devices and disconnected devices. If the function now appears on the Recording list you can select it to be the default Recording device.

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Advice needed. I have a new motherboard in my machine, an ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS - Newegg.com and my 2 soundcards the older Adigity 2 ZS with all the bells and whistles locsk up the machine and the X Fi Gamer SB 0730 in the PCI slot has very low audio to the stereo system. Another PC with he same card is considerably louder. I had a PCI e Recon 3D but it had a faulty line input so I could not plug my other PC into it (essential). It was plenty loud enough but not hi fi. I have a Yamaha 100 RMS per channel surround sound hi end unit RX V2090 and a pair of B&W DM6 monitor loudspeaker which I listen to music on from CD and the computer FLAC, 320kbs mp3 and some lower resolution (not many). Another machine hooks up as a media center for surround sound from Blu Ray, DVD's and HD over the ai TV and Netflix. Amazon etc. I am looking for the sound card in this machine to be for Stereo playback only. The other machine does the home theatre movie experience. I sometimes listen to cheapo headphones at low volume late at night but mainly this will be fairly moderate listening levels. I have read about Asus cards and some of them suffer from high pitched whistling and hum from ground loops. I am interested in the obliviously being phased out Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card powered by THX TruStudio Pro - Newegg.com. I also like the Assus ASUS Xonar Ess... Read more

A:Sound Card for playing music in Stereo

OK so I took my own advice and ordered the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card powered by THX TruStudio Pro - Newegg.com
I have installed it and I am testing it through the hi fi whilst tweaking options, the driver disk I got seems to be bang up to date with Windows 8 7 drivers only and more updated than drivers on the web. I'll post a further diagnosis after a few days of testing but I am impressed and that is pretty hard to do to this old fart.

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I recently changed my motherboard (to Asus Maximus Extreme II) and it came with a soundcard (SupremeFXII 7.1).

I have tried to record sound from the card, but the stereo mixer is missing in the sound menu. The only icon is CD Volume, mic volume and line in.

I have tried the following method:

For Windows Vista users
- Go to Sound in the Control Panel's classic view
- Select the Recording tab and right-click any of the devices listed.
- Check "Show Disabled Devices" and "Show Disconnected Devices".
- Stereo Mix should show up. Set it as default.

But Stereo mixer doesn't show. I also installed drivers from Realtek without any positive results.

Any suggestions??


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I upgraded to Windows SP3 few months ago and didn't notice that I can't record sound anymore. Recently I started recording game videos and found the recording program does NOT record sound. But it USED TO.I tried various programs for video recording until I found out that the problem isn't in the programs,its in the sound card.I checked the sound card options and saw that all the input volume control is grayed out.
Then I checked the sound options in the control panel:
Can't move the volume there too :|

Help me..I've been trying to fix this for a week and starting to lose hope :/

p.s When I use fraps for recoring and my microphone is in the plug I can hear myself in the recorded video.

A:Stereo Mix grayed out. Realtek Sound Card

The first thing that I suggest is to install current Realtek
sound card drivers from the Realtek website.

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I am a newbie to PC audio and to this board, so thank you to any assistance ahead of time.

I want to connect my computer to my stereo so I can listen to my digital music through my house (my stereo has speakers in the walls throughout my house). I've tried wireless and I've given up - my walls are too thick and the quality is just poor enough to annoy me. So now I'm left with wanting to run a cable through my basement from my den to my living room (about 40 feet of cable is needed). I've run the monster cable and it works. However the sound quality is poor at best. I think it is probably my sound card. I have a Dell 8500 with the standard integrated sound card. I'm no audiophile, but I want to get decent sound. I'm not a gamer and I don't want to spend $100 on a complex gaming sound card. Am I correct in thinking that a sound card could make a difference? And what kind of sound card can help for this? I see SoundBlaster Live! cards for $15 on ebay - would these help? I just have so little experience with sound cards that I don't know what makes a difference.

Thanks for your help in advance.


A:newbie question about connection a sound card and to a stereo

Any SoundBlaster Live card would be an improvement.

40 feet of cable could be the problem. Do you have flouresent lights in your house?

Something like a network media streamer might be more what you want.


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I am trying with no luck to record from sound card stereo mix using any audio recorders. I have no problem recording from microphone. I checked all devices work fine. When recording from Realtek HD Audio Input the Stereo Mix Audio Levels go to zero. What seems to be the problem?

A:Can not record from sound card stereo mix using any audio recorders

This is what happened to me also did you ever find the problem

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HI All

How do I find out if the line-in 3.5mm jack connector at the back of my PC on my sound card is stereo or mono - is there a way to find this out?

I have a Korg Synth that I want to connect to my PC and record a .wav file through the line-in connector...


A:Sound card Line-In Socket.... stereo or mono?

I have a Creative Live 5.1 sound card with a record function for the Line In plug.The record function has left & right channel adjustments....Tom

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Hi everyone,

I've been researching and pulling my hair out, and starting to think what I'm after is somehow not possible to achieve.

My goal is to be able to record my screen, my speakers, and my mic (narration), while also being able to playback ONLY my speakers to my headphones.

Basically, I wish to monitor ONLY the speaker audio, WITHOUT my mic (narration).

I thought I could achieve this by using Realtek HD Audio Manager, which allows you to playback two different audio streams simultaneously. However, it would seem that only certain Windows applications which are written to give you the option of changing the playback device can take advantage of this feature. The particular Windows application which I am recording does not give me that option.

So essentially I am wondering if there is a way to force an application to output to a particular playback device, ie. the Realtek HD Audio 2nd Output. The Realtek HD Audio 2nd Output would play to my headphones (application audio ONLY) while at the same time I would be able to record my screen, my speakers, and my mic all together at once.

I did find this post which broke my heart as it seems this might not be possible due to Windows only providing a single mixer, but wanted to try asking around here too -> Different audio output for certain programs [Solved] - Multimedia - Apps General Discussion

PC Info:
Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1 (64 bit)
Intel Pentium Dual Core E5300 2.6Ghz
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A:Record Stereo Mix (mic+speakers) AND output ONLY speakers to headphone

Windows only allows one default audio playback device. There may be some third party program that will do what you want, but not with the default Windows options.

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I have a P300 with Realtek internal sound card and updated drivers.
I NEED a stereo mix in Recording Devices but I currently only get a MIC input, even after checking "Show Disconnected and Disabled Devices"

Yes, I HAVE updated the HD Audio Drivers from both this website and Realtek and still nothing.
The only other thing that might affect this but I can't see how is that I use ASIO4ALL sound drivers in conjunction with the Realtek drivers.

I'm running Vista 32bit Home Premium Edition


A:Satellite Pro P300 has NO Stereo Mix in Vista with Realtek sound card

Hi mate

I?m confused? do you know why?
Because you are talking about Realtek sound driver and sound chip and from my knowledge the Satellite Pro P300 has been equipped with the Conexant sound chip!

It?s NOT Realtek chip! It?s Conexant!

From my experience Conexant sound chip does not support stereo mix in Recording Devices!


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I have a new ACER Aspire 5250-0810 and i have not been able to find a stereo mixer. This is not a huge deal. But i would like to share music i am listening to while video chatting w/out having to use mic. The sound is distorted and i don't want chat partner to hear me. Is there no Stereo Mixer driver for Conexant sound cards?

A:can't find Conexant sound card stereo mixer driver

Anything here of interest?

Audio Mixer at Conexant Software Informer

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I am trying to broadcast music (Rhapsody) from my computer to an FM channel on my stereo using a "Beam It" device. I have a Soundblaster "Live" Card in the computer (about 4 years old). The output from the computer is digital so I am just picking up hiss on the stereo. Any ideas about how to work around this would be appreciated.

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i have a $400 Magnovox home threatre stereo that i bought 3 years ago that i want to connect to my PC that has a standard sound card.

The audio cable i would connect to the back of my PC , is slightly too big to plug into the PC hole. My PC has a holes for a headphone,microphone, and pc speakers.

I assume i need to get another sound card, to marry the home threatre audio cord and the PC. Does this sound right?

(i have never done a sound card upgrade, but have done memory,graphic cards,and a hard drive successfully)

A:Solved: Connecting a $400 Stereo to PC with standard sound card(should be easy Q to answer)

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Hi all!
I have a CREATIVE Sound Blaster ZxR PCI-E Audio Card, and would like to connect my Yamaha PSR-E433 Electronic Keyboard and a Tivoli Audio Digital Radio to my INTEL Core i7-6700K computer preferably on the same input, running MS Win 10 Pro 64-bit.
And hence, my question is as follows;
Can a 3.5mm Stereo Plug to 2 x 3.5mm Stereo Jack Splitter Adaptor INPUT sound?
Thank you very much in advance!

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I installed a internal sound card months ago when my original ports on my PC stopped working. Just recently sound started coming from my monitors built in speakers and not my sound card.
I purchased a new sound card to no avail. I still get static and no sound and control panel says device is working properly.
What is going on it has to be something simple I am looking over.
Help please.

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Recently I opened up my computer for the first time since I've bought it (I bought it in like August '08 or so) and I took all the casing off just to put in another hard drive for my friend because he wanted to save everything from his hard drive and put it on my hard drive.. Anyways, at once we let it run without the casing and the sound was working perfect, then when we unplugged everything, took out the hard drive, and put the casing back on, then turned it on, the sound stopped working.. I only noticed this the following day. I have a subwoofer and two speakers.. Now the cable in the back of the main part of the entire set of speakers (aka the subwoofer and where I can turn up the volume up and down and even scan for the radio) is very sensitive (the cable which has a weird ending and you have to put it in a certain way and then you have to press on two things to make the cord go in properly), and I have a hard time getting both speakers two work, so usually my left speaker always works.. Well when I plug in the entire set (which is just the one cord from the speaker into the computer), there is no sound. BUT when I plug in my iPod headphones into the computer, there is sound. BUT when I plug in my iPod shuffle into the speakers, the speakers work! I'm highly confused, as this just happened to happen AFTER we were moving around the computer a lot and what not, which makes me wonder.

So in general, my speakers are working and are turned on, my sound card se... Read more

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hi do i need a sound card to have speakers? (please don't email me as it is down) thank you

A:speakers & sound card?

You don't need a sound card to have speakers.

You don't need a sound card to listen to speakers if those speakers are not connected to your PC.

If the speakers are connected to your PC and you want to listen to them, yes, you need a working sound card or integrated sound chip.

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Hello Harry Hood. I recently posted a problem I was having with my Harmon Kardon HK695-01 speaker system. Is a sound card or any other piece of hardware necessary for the speakers to work on my HP desktop pc?

Harry Hood

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Hey, I'm having some issues getting my 5.1 speaker system to produce sound in all 5 speakers simultaneously. There are 3 plugins that go from my speakers to my sound card: orange, black, and green. There are 6 slots on my sound card excluding firewire, 3 of which are probably input jacks.

So here's the problem: no matter what combination of plugging in the 3 plugins to any of the 6 jacks, I can't get sound to be produced in more than 2 speakers at a time. Some combinations cause only the middle speaker to produce sound, while others cause sound to be produced only in one left and one right speaker.

I've found that plugging any of the plugins to the 3rd jack causes sound to be produced in 2 speakers, which is the best I am able to do with any combination, so the other 2 plugins are effectively useless.

So does anyone have a solution to this? I should also note my sound card is NOT color coded in any way, but it doesn't really matter cause I've tried every possible combination of plugging in the 3 cords.

By the way, my speakers are LOGITECH X-530 5.1 70-WATT SPEAKERS and my sound card is CREATIVE SOUND BLASTER AUDIGY 2 ZS 7.1.

A:Need help with speakers and/or sound card

You will ALWAYS plug the front left and right speakers into the GREEN. usually orange is subwoofer and black is back l/r. Make sure you have configured it correctly with the software that came with your card.
Oh, and it might help if you usually 5.1 surround is only used in 3d games and movies.
(to make it work in games visit the sound settings and select 3d audio.)

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Hi all,

I am planning in upgrading a PC I bought in February '05 (my home PC) The current Specs are:

Mobo: ????
CPU: Pentium 4 3.2GHz HT
MEM: 1024Mb PC2700 RAM
HDD: 500GB (200GB, 300GB)
Optical drives: HP DVD+/-RW DL Lightscribe Drive and Sony DVD ROM Drive
Soundcard: EXT (USB) TRUST 5.1 Sound card
Speakers: Trust 1600p 2.1 Soundforce
550W PSU Brand Colours IT
15" Neoview monitor

In the past I have added the Sound card (and speakers), PSU, HP Lightscribe dvd RW

but I now would like to upgrade my pc again to make it better for Vista and gaming etc.

I feel that I need to upgrade my CPU (?) and definetaly the memory and graphics which is a AGP Card (only AGP is supported by my motherboard) so therefore also the motherboard - Am I right.

Oh and I would like to upgrade my sound card and buy new speakers - does anyone know a sound card and speakers that would be a massive leap in quality compared to my current set up?

So what upgrades would be adviseable and could anyone advise on what I should buy, I am in UK.


Or in another way I wonder if I would be better off waiting a while and just buying a whole new PC from PC World or something? any thoughts ?

A:Upgrading PC (in particular Sound card + speakers)

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After reading the threads below and figured you guys might provide me with some usefull advice.

I just had a new comp build via a combination of friend builder and New Egg.

Currently missing a new sound card and speakers. The motherboard is p4p800-vm.

Certain questions that come to mind

Is a new sound card neccessery or will the one on the board work?

What are the features that which are important in speakers? I am mostly interested in music and games. Do brands matter?

7.1 vrs 5.1- do games have now , or will they in the future use 7.1?

thanks in advance

A:Advice on new speakers and sound card

Zunachy2, welcome to TechSpot. I'm no expert on motherboards, by any means, but since nobody else has answered you I'll take a stab.

I think that the only motherboards that currently will get 5.1 from games are from nVidia, and you would have to use an AMD cpu. And the only game I know of right now, that has 5.1, is Ureal II, but more are sure to come, and there may be more now, I'm not sure. I would imagine the future for 5.1 in games is bright, but 7.1/6.1 is a ways off.

As far as playing music, your motherboard will probably do ok on this. But, a good soundcard would give you a lot more flexability in hooking up your speakers, and also would have a lot more features, and more than likely would have better quality sound, after all, that's why they sell audio cards.

All the above is for sure subject to debate, as I said I'm no expert, but maybe someone else will jump in if I'm wrong.

As far as speakers are concerned, you want to look for clarity in the highs and midrange and deep, solid, punchy bass. When I play games, I want to be able to turn the volume up, and here the explosions of MOHAA shake the room. When I listen to music, I want deep, solid bass, with no boom to it, and to here the finest details of the music.

What this all boils down to, is how much you want to spend on the speakers. If you look at the threads you were referring to, or do a search, you will see a lot of choices listed in many price ranges. The be... Read more

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basically I have an audigy 2 creative soundcard, and whilst I like my 5.1 speakers I wanted to play my music over something a little more beefy!

these speakers come in the form of two huge ones which connect to an amp, this amp has red white input (and possibly another one plug input looks similar size to headphones) and I was wondering if you could direct me to the type of cable which I need to slap the sound across!

thanks in advance louie

A:5.1 sound card to red white speakers

I've had success using the lineout from the sound card and running it into the linein in an amp.
Very easy, I assume the red/white connector on the amp is a pair of RCA connectors.
Just visit your local Tandy/whatever but make sure your familiar with what plugs you have on your computer.
Take a digital photo if you really have no idea.

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I was wondering if I should get a better sound card and/or speakers. My current sound card is a Sound Blaster Audigy SE. I was thinking about getting an x-fi xtreme gamer sound card, but my brother doesn't think the sound will be any different and doesn't think it's worth going for. My current speaker set is Boston Acoustics BA735. They're digital speakers. Are there other speaker sets that are better than the BA735?

A:sound card and (possibly) speakers

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My sound card has apparently died. Maybe a dumb question, but do I need to match new speakers to a new sound card? Also, how do I know what kind of sound card to buy? Thanks for any input here.

A:Match sound card & speakers?

Hi Merrymarry,
no, you don't need to match your sound card with your speaker if your speaker have a normal 3.5mm connector, like your ipod earphone's connector .

to know what kind of sound card you would need;
1. open your computer case and see if you have a pci slot available. most sound cards goes in your motherboard's PCI slot. if there are no PCI slots (very rare chance), you might need to buy a new mobo.
this is how your PCI slots would look like --> http://www.hothardware.com/reviews/images/tualatin/pci_slot.jpg

2. if your mobo has the slots, i would recommand you buy any Creative Soundblaster card.

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hey i was wondering what speakers are best for heavy metal and gameing **also shold i need a sound card for best quality too? plz help me i want a good bass sound and a speaker set that i can turn up high yet have low and powerful for gaming i appreciate any help you can bring me
sincerly the swat 4 gaming leader and technical supervisor
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A:speakers and sound card suggestions

i have

oh and my pc is a - sony vaio vgc-rb43 with integrated audio

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will 5.1 speakers work in a 7.1 channel sound card?

A:Solved: new sound card and speakers

any one know?

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I was recently given some Cambridge SoundWorks "PCWorks FourPointSurround" speakers - a subwoofer and 4 satellites.

After a lot of fiddling, turning them on and off at the rear of the sub, they suddenly came to life with a bit of a pop (like when you startup a PC with the speakers on and connected normally - nothing to worry about). The sound was *amazing*, and they worked brilliantly all day long. Then I turned them off, the next morning, I had the same problem. After 5 minutes or so they came to life. Not so the next day!

I've tried adjusting the volume and bass knobs, leaving it on... or off to no avail.

My old speakers still work fine (just not very good speakers).

The next stage would be to take the sub apart, but I don't have a screwdriver long enough to reach the recessed screws!

Has anyone had anything like this? Will taking the sub apart do any good, or is it probably dead?

Thanks guys

A:Speakers (definitely not the sound card) have died?

If you other old speakers are working of the same set up then probably the speakers gone.Talking it apart won't find anything to fix except at the very outside a broken wire but more likely a blown speaker.The only thing to check is the outside wiring and make sure that they are hoop-up correctly.

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I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for a good sound card/speakers. Right now I'm using the built-in audio from my motherboard and the built-in speakers on my monitor (audio wasn't my biggest concern when building my desktop).

I'd like to upgrade to a 2.1 speaker setup, but I don't know too much about sound cards or speakers. Any suggestions would be great.

Budget: $80-90 max for sound card, $150 max for speakers
**Canadian dollars, not U.S.
**will be purchasing from Tiger Direct, Canada Computers and Newegg... although the first two are preferred

A:Recommendations for sound card/speakers

Have a look at the Logitech LS 11 speakers. They are just stereo, plug into your audio out socket, they have a mains transformer you will need to plug in, but will be a big improvement on what you have.
If you want a lot more bass sound, then 2.1 is far more effective, and I bought the Logitech X230 for my PC, but now use them on my TV !
In my opinion, the bass can be too much, but if you roll up some paper and push it into the bass port, it reduces the bass output quite a bit, and with that mod I am happy with the sound I get. These still plug into the audio 'out' socket, and no mods needed to your pc.
If you want better sound than that, then you will need a 5.1 sound card, there are many, Trust, Genius, Soundblaster, prices vary greatly and could depend on where you live as to what choice you have.

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hi i just recently install vista on my system. i installed all the right drivers and apps. but i just get a funny crackling noise coming from my speakers non stop. any way to fix this? ive tried uninstalling the drivers and reinstalling them. still didn't help me out. thanks...

A:Sound Card/Crackling Speakers

has anyone figured this out? I recently had to reinstall my Vista and i hear a crackling sound. In no way is my speakers blown.....any luck anyone?????

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hi guys.

anyone care to recommend a great sound card and set of speakers for my new setup?

i want to put together a sound system for pc, with speakers like professional studio monitor speakers.

i want something really high end without getting too crazy about changing my system.

is there any such thing as using an amplifier to power computer speakers?



A:Recommend Sound Card / Speakers

I don't know if this is high end enough for you but check out the Sound Blaster Audigy2 series.

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I just installed a used sound card that I got from a friend free, a Soundblaster Live! Value card. Before I had a cheap SB card, 128D or something. Anyway, I removed my old card from device manager and then I turned off the computer and took the old card out and put the new one in. Then I switched the computer back on, it gave me some grief about the drivers and such but I fixed that and device manager now says its fine.

Also, before with my old card I just had the card appear on Device Manager and that was it. Now, I have this new tree appear that says "Miscallaneous Creative Devices" (?), and under that is "Creative Multimedia Interface", and "Creative SB Live! SB16 Emulation". I don't know what those are. Then under "Sound, Video and Game Controllers" I have the "SB Live! Value" card show up. I don't know why 3 new things appeared when I only installed the sound card, but whatever. Device Manager says there are no problems, conflicts, whathaveyou.

Everything looks fine and I have the little volume control thing on the taskbar as well as "SB Live! Mixer" on there, I used to have that with my old card but it had a different name but the same icon. Anyways...I started up Winamp and played an MP3, but there's no sound coming from my Boston Acoustic Speakers which have a subwoofer. I have the setup where you plug the subwoofer into the soundcard and then the two speakers are connected to the sub... Read more

A:new sound card -- no sound thru speakers with sub

Welcome to techsupportguy smoothcrimin
I think that you might have a problem with drivers ... Basically using the old SB drivers with the new SB card. It's normal to have a new entry in Device Manager ( why creative labs makes it , i really don't know). Try and remove all the entries in Device Manager ( SB wise) , restart in Safe Mode( if you have win98 or win ME , for win2k or XP is a different story) and do the same thing. Power down , then go ahead move the card to a different slot. Power up and install the lastest drivers for SB ( from www.soundblaster.com )

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Ok my computer has onboard sound from the mobo, but I have not speakers so how do i get the sounds to play through the headphones I have?

A:Sound with out sound card or speakers.

Plug the headphones into the green audio port on the back.

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I'd like to buy a set of 5.1 surround speakers, but I don't know wether my sound card is able to make 5.1 speakers work, and I can't seem to find the answer by googling...
So, I used Everest to identify my sound car : it seems I've got two :

then I went to the Settings Panel, and Realtek won't let me choose Surroun instead of Stereo :
so I went to the sound settings and got this, which seems to indicate my Nvidia sound card isn't activated?! :

So, my question is : does my sound card have the ability to make 5.1 speakers work, and if yes, how should I proceed?

Thank you for your help

A:Can my sound card make 5.1 speakers work?

hello and welcome to the forums please give some more details of the pc you are using here is a good program to find out its called speccy Piriform - Download
on the rear of the pc what connections do you have on the motherboard and the graphics card?

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I first noticed this a few days ago, when I was playing a video in VLC player. At the time I figured the audio of the .avi was either encoded badly or VLC was acting up, so I dismissed it as an anomaly. However, I started noticing it more as I watched something else later that day, on files that usually play sound and video perfectly. I still thought it was VLC player though, so I restored all the default preferences, which didn't work, and I reinstalled and fully updated it but that didn't make a difference either.

Today though, I realised the problem isn't VLC player because I noticed it while playing back a video on YouTube, and now I can hear it just playing audio through Foobar, which I couldn't before.

I've tested playing the audio through my headphones and there is no fading in and out or jumps up in volume but there is when I play through the speakers, which makes me think it's down to the speakers. I also checked all the connections, cleaned and rewired them back up. Still, no difference. I checked whether I had any stupid audio effects on that might mess things up too, but I don't, so that can be ruled out too.

Anybody have a differential diagnosis?

I suspect that my speakers are sort of dying, and they are pretty old so it's not a surprise, although it is a pain in the ****. I accidentally had the speakers so loud the output audio distorted today too, which could have made it worse and led to it becoming more not... Read more

A:Audio fades in and out from speakers, not sound card

I will say that replacing the speakers would be the next thing to do

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Hello everyone. I bought a refurb computer for my girlfriend (See here) and set everything up but can't seem to get the audio to work. I tried plugging in a pair of speakers I had (Durabrand UC-280 2 Channel USB Computer Speakers) but no detection at all. The audio driver is AMD High Definition Audio Device and is up to date, working properly, but says it's an HDMI Device, I have no HDMI cables running from this computer at all, so I'm wondering if there's any way I can install a sound driver that will actually utilize the audio jack ports on this PC?

I'm not sure what brand of motherboard I have on it but it has:

Intel Core 2 Quad CPU
Onboard Audio
XFX One Radeon HD 5450 (bought separately and installed)
Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit

Sound doesn't work with my headphones either (I have tried all audio jack ports).

So any suggestions might help.

EDIT: The motherboard is not AMD and there are no default HDMI Ports, so I'm presuming that the Graphics Card Driver overwrote the default sound driver since it's the only device with any HDMI Output at all... how do I find out which driver I need to get for my sound card and then uninstall the one the graphics card added?

A:New Computer: Sound card not detecting speakers.

Here is the drivers, from the HP site. http://h20566.www2.hp.com/portal/sit...hetoken#Driver - Audio

The Audio is ADI High Definition. Reinstall that and see if it helps. The "Speakers" must be set as the default audio playback device for the headphones to work. Not sure about USB speakers, I don't use USB speakers, I use "standard" analog speakers.

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