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    Talking Rear surround PC speakers

    I have a 5.1 surround speaker system for my PC, and the rear speakers are very, very quiet.
    I don't know if it's supposed to be like that - but for example in games I can't hear anything behind me and when I listen to music they have no effect. Just very quiet.
    Any ideas on how I can boost the rear speaker output or something so that they are the same loudness as my front ones?
    I use the Logitech X530 system.
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    Default Re: Rear surround PC speakers

    Does the logitech software not have options for individually setting speaker volumes?

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    I have the same speakers. The following applies to onboard sound.

    Turn off the matrix surround thing on the volume control/onoff... thing. It's hopeless.

    Forget playing surround sound music unless it's actually a file format that supports surround, the music is surround, and your music player is surround.

    The best way to test if it's working properly is in the sound manager thing from whatever drivers you are using. I'm assuming realtek

    You can raise the volume of the rear.

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    Default Re: Rear surround PC speakers

    Can you make a post on what you did to solve the problem, thanks.
    I have the same speakers and the same problem.
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    Default Re: Rear surround PC speakers

    I set my Volume Control to near minimum, and set my Wave to 80% max
    then turn my speaker half way to the max
    seem to get sound from rear speakers fine
    sometimes when the combination change, sound from the rear speaker can become quieter, but can't remember what combination does that..

    the C-Media Wave device (onboard sound) also have settings that allow me to change the volume of each channel
    so look for that you might find a similar setup dialog

    I don't play games, but for sound from 2 channel source I can use the mixer in ffdshow to expand the stereo so I can also get sound from rear speaker when playing CDs etc..
    sounds pretty okay when I listen to it

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    Default Re: Rear surround PC speakers

    Quote Originally Posted by heni72847 View Post
    I set my Volume Control to near minimum, and set my Wave to 80% max
    then turn my speaker half way to the max
    seem to get sound from rear speakers fine
    sometimes when the combination change, sound from the rear speaker can become quieter, but can't remember what combination does that..

    the C-Media Wave device (onboard sound) also have settings that allow me to change the volume of each channel
    so look for that you might find a similar setup dialog

    I don't play games, but for sound from 2 channel source I can use the mixer in ffdshow to expand the stereo so I can also get sound from rear speaker when playing CDs etc..
    sounds pretty okay when I listen to it
    My speakers have settings which allow you to have the rear speakers mirror the front speakers for 2 channel sound.

    Heni: just out of interest, what c-media chip do you have? I have the 8738 onboard which was satisfactory, but I found out I could use the modern nicer drivers made for their newer chips simply by adding a line or 2 to the inf file. Adds nice functionality like equaliser settings etc.

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    Are you guys using onboard sound? What motherboards do you have?

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    It is actually possible to run your stereo audio like MP3 files as surround

    If you want to upmix stereo to virtual surround sound then find an option like this http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/surround_clone.PNG

    C-media also has an option called 'Enable virtual 4/6-speakers' which does the same thing

    It also doesn't affect real surround encoded audio which will be played as normal

    If you're trying to get a game to run surround sound, make sure the game supports it, that you have chosen it in the game, and that your sound control settings are set to surround
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    nvmixer only work on nvidia motherboards?

    All my efforts to upmix stereo etc has resulted in absolute rubbish rear sound

    i have asus p5kr with realtek HD audio (next version up from AC'97 i think)

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    Default Re: Rear surround PC speakers

    nvmixer is rather old (this board is nforce3) - I don't think it works on anything above nforce4.

    But the codec itself is Realtek, and you can use the standard Realtek drivers also - I just prefer nvmixer as a software.

    But Realtek's own program should give you the options

    Make sure you have latest drivers from Realtek http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/...3&DownTypeID=3
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