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rongon 3rd March 2013 04:48 PM

4 channel surround from PC w/ active spkrs?
 
A question for a friend who likes good sound from his PC for games and movies, in a compact nearfield setup...

PC games have a 5.1 soundtrack that is sent to 6 discrete channels (afaik).

The Realtek sound cards in most PC's have a setting for 4 CH (four speakers).

My friend is hoping the Realtek driver will somehow downmix the 5.1 to 4.0, so he can feed those analog outputs to his KRK front pair and M-Audio rear pair active (amplified) speakers.

Has anyone tried this? Will the games' center channel be routed to the Front L/R, or will the center channel simply disappear, lost in translation?

I tried to talk him into trying stereo, since he's sitting so close to the speakers, but he really wants rears. The PC games don't give you a 4 channel or Quad option. Just 5.1 or stereo.

Any info would be much appreciated.

phofman 3rd March 2013 06:33 PM

Most modern integrated soundcards are 5.1 or 7.1, or stereo in notebooks. I cannot recall where I would see an integrated 4 channel soundcard.

fastbike1 7th March 2013 01:36 PM

Mine gives me up to 5 speakers and a sub and lets me identify the configuration.


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