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Friday, January 21, 2011

Connecting 5.1 Speakers


Have you ever wanted to experience surround sound from your PC speakers? If the answer is yes, then This article will show you how you can hook up 5.1 speakers to your current PC setup so you can enjoy computer sound from a whole new perspective.
             First, we need to understand the speaker system, then connect the cables and configure the proper options in your PC. So let's get started right away.



Connecting computer speakers to your PC is a simple task

1. Types of 6-Channel Speakers

If you've bought a set of speakers, you should know that there are two types of 6-channel surround speaker. These include analog and digital speakers. Now, analog speakers tend to be cheaper and can generally be installed on any given computer. In this article we will learn how to connect analog 6-channel systems.


2. Understand Your Speaker System First

Before you go about installing that speaker system, you will need to look at the unit and understand it first. Typically, speaker systems come with the speakers and a subwoofer. The speakers themselves are connected to each other using a connector, while the subwoofer has three connections - one to the AC power point, another cable to the volume control device and also subwoofer wires.


3. Connecting The Cables

If you check out the cables that came with the speaker system, you should be able to discern the ones which connect to the speakers and subwoofer. Make sure you connect them properly before connecting the power cable to the wall socket.


4. Over to the Computer

Now, we go over to the computer. What you need to do is to look at the back of your PC and see if there is a 'Speaker Out' port. This usually comes on the sound card (if you're using one) or from the motherboard (if you're using built-in audio). The best thing to do is to consult your sound card or motherboard manual to see where these outputs are.




5. Configure Your PC

Once you've connected the cables and speakers, the final thing to configure your PC to use 5.1 audio. Usually, if you have a sound card, there will be some kind of software driver that allows you to specify this.

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