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Is there a way to use my 7.1 surround setup to play in STEREO?

post #1 of 11
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Hi guys,

 

I have a 7.1 USB external sound card plugged into 7.1 surround sound speakers. 

 

The surround works well. 

 

However, I would love it if I am playing music or other STEREO audio (via spotify, youtube, WM player, etc.) it comes out from ALL 7 speakers rather than just the front two speakers. 

 

Is there any software plug-in or tactic that allows me to do this? 

 

Thanks

post #2 of 11
Your external sound card doesn't have any virtual surround options? Many do.
post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Your external sound card doesn't have any virtual surround options? Many do.

Thanks for the message. 

 

It doesn't seem to. 


Is there a 3rd-party plugin I can download to enable me to do this? If you are familiar with creative soundcards, they have a feature called CMSS which essentially puts out a STEREO signal in a SURROUND manner. 

post #4 of 11

It comes with a software suite, right? Did you check all settings? On HT receivers there's a Dolby feature that makes stereo come out through all speakers; most people disable that so they can listen to 2ch music normally. It's more likely a similar processor function is enabled rather than there is a plug-in that would disable it.

 

 

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Originally Posted by ProtegeManiac View Post
 

It comes with a software suite, right? Did you check all settings? On HT receivers there's a Dolby feature that makes stereo come out through all speakers; most people disable that so they can listen to 2ch music normally. It's more likely a similar processor function is enabled rather than there is a plug-in that would disable it.

 

 

 

The only option that comes close is the one indicated by the arrow in above picture. But it seems that it only allows me to move the speakers around to "virtually shift speaker position". 

 

I called their tech support as well. 

 

I'm looking for a feature similar to Creative's CMSS: http://support.creative.com/kb/ShowArticle.aspx?sid=4883

post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by bonoz View Post

 

The only option that comes close is the one indicated by the arrow in above picture. But it seems that it only allows me to move the speakers around to "virtually shift speaker position". 

 

I called their tech support as well. 

 

I'm looking for a feature similar to Creative's CMSS: http://support.creative.com/kb/ShowArticle.aspx?sid=4883

 

That's weird, this is the first time I've come across one that uses it by default and there is no visible option to disable it.

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Originally Posted by ProtegeManiac View Post
 

 

That's weird, this is the first time I've come across one that uses it by default and there is no visible option to disable it.

I was thinking about getting this: http://www.cnet.com/products/creative-usb-sound-blaster-audigy-2-nx/

 

The Creative cards definitely have the CMSS feature. What do you think?

post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by bonoz View Post
 

 

The only option that comes close is the one indicated by the arrow in above picture. But it seems that it only allows me to move the speakers around to "virtually shift speaker position". 

 

Do you know the make and model of this USB sound card?

What is the make and model of the 7.1 speakers?

 

My best guess

For getting "Expanding Stereo" audio with this USB sound card.

First set System input to 2 CH (2-channel)

As it has the Output Mode set to 7.1, it might automatically reconfigure itself to expanded stereo,

so the 2-channel audio comes out all 8 speakers

 

If just switching the System Input to 2 CH does not solve the issue.

Then click on the DSP Mode button and see what options it gives you.

Your looking for something called Expanded Stereo, or something that fits the same description.


Edited by PurpleAngel - 4/13/15 at 10:23pm
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by bonoz View Post
 

I was thinking about getting this: http://www.cnet.com/products/creative-usb-sound-blaster-audigy-2-nx/

 

The Creative cards definitely have the CMSS feature. What do you think?

 

If it has the CMSS feature that can be enabled to have stereo music come out of surround channels, then likely it should play stereo music normally when this feature is disabled.

post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

 

Do you know the make and model of this USB sound card?

What is the make and model of the 7.1 speakers?

 

My best guess

For getting "Expanding Stereo" audio with this USB sound card.

First set System input to 2 CH (2-channel)

As it has the Output Mode set to 7.1, it might automatically reconfigure itself to expanded stereo,

so the 2-channel audio comes out all 8 speakers

 

If just switching the System Input to 2 CH does not solve the issue.

Then click on the DSP Mode button and see what options it gives you.

Your looking for something called Expanded Stereo, or something that fits the same description.

It does work when I do the 2 CH thing. However, I would then have to change it back to  8 CH once I want to use a surround?

 

The creative products usually have an 'expanded stereo'?

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by bonoz View Post
 

It does work when I do the 2 CH thing. However, I would then have to change it back to  8 CH once I want to use a surround?

 

The creative products usually have an 'expanded stereo'?

 

Yep, put back to 8 CH (8-channel) input, for surround (for movies and games).

Expanded stereo has been around for over 15 years or more (Dolby?), so it's should be an included feature in any Creative Labs sound card, but Creative it might be called different from "Expanded Stereo".

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