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Old 3rd March 2013, 04:48 PM   #1
rongon is offline rongon  United States
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4 channel surround from PC w/ active spkrs?
Default 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.
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Old 3rd March 2013, 06:33 PM   #2
phofman is offline phofman  Czech Republic
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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.
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Old 7th March 2013, 01:36 PM   #3
fastbike1 is offline fastbike1  United States
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Mine gives me up to 5 speakers and a sub and lets me identify the configuration.
I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now.
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