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5.1 sound in Windows Media Player?

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#1 thistle2


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Posted 28 May 2005 - 06:21 AM

Hi guys.

I am running windows media player 9 series, I have fully set up a 5.1 surround system using a Sound blaster Live 24-bit Sound Card. When I test the speakers on the Creative Speaker Test bar, each speaker says, "front left, Front right, Rear left" etc... Hoewver, when I play an Mp3 or Avi File in Media Player, I am only getting audio output in the front left and right speakers.
I have enabled 5.1 output in control panel/Audio/speaker settings, but still no joy. :thumbsup:

The man who built my PC tells me Media Player neeeds a codec to support 5.1 sound. Is this the case? What should I do next?

Many thanks in advance.

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#2 lucent


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Posted 28 May 2005 - 10:05 AM

hello thistle, i'm not too sure if this is your answer but i would have thought to get all of you speakers firing you would need to input a 5.1 source. To my understanding MP3 and avi's are stereo or mono only. Does your setup work when you play a 5.1 enabled dvd?
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#3 northerner


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Posted 31 May 2005 - 10:33 PM

Hi thistle, I just bought and installed 5.1 surround. I'm using WMP 10 and all is fine. The first time i changed my audio speaker settings to 5.1 surround, i just clicked on ok, instead of apply and ok ! when i restarted my computer it went back to desktop speakers!! The next thing i did is on the volume control i went to options, then properties and added the volume bars for the rear, center and sub to adjust them individually, sounds better too !! Don't know if this will help but i hope it does!! I didn't need any codecs !!


#4 02abarks


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Posted 30 December 2013 - 08:26 AM

Right click speaker symbol in your taskbar,


Click on "Playback Devices",


Right click your speaker device you use for 5.1 surround,


Click on "Properties",


Click on "Enhancements" tab,


Scroll down to find "Speaker Fill" and enable it.


this is how you do it on windows 7, other operating systems may differ.

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