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surround sound with 2 sets of speakers, no bass from rear

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    Windows 8.1

    surround sound with 2 sets of speakers, no bass from rear


    So as the title says, I have set up a surround sound system using 2 sets of speakers. The first set is set up as the front speakers in the realtek audio manager, and the second set is set up as rear speakers. I have it set up as 7.1 with no sides, subwoofer, or center speakers. Front, left, and right is checked, as well as surround sound. The sub is on my front speakers, and works fine. The rear speakers however get absolutely no bass, only treble, and sound super tinny and terrible. The speakers are fine, and work and sound great if there set as front speakers. What's the problem? I originally had another subwoofer/speaker combo hooked up as the rear, but the subwoofer didn't vibrate at all. I thought maybe I should just hook up some normal speakers with built in subs. Same thing though, they just sound terrible. I also have dolby home theater on, and if I shut it off the rear speakers don't even work when playing music. They work if I click the speaker icon in realtek.

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    In many cases if you don't have an actual 5.1 or 7.1 system you can't "assemble" a surround system, or a system that works properly. In a surround system, there are three connections to the PC's audio and they go to the main unit (bass speaker) that has amplifiers and sound distribution.

    Trying to duplicate that with separate speaker systems can result in problems such as you are encountering.
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    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Okay, thank you. I am trying to get a nice speaker system for my computer, and am still learning. I see when browsing through speaker systems, there is a section containing av receivers. What exactly are these, and do I need one for a computer? Or are they just for theater setups?


    Also, I saw this video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enn_YC9gryU

    And was a little confused how he did it. Both of the subwoofers are plugged into a y adapter, what does the subwoofer power? Does it run the subwoofer and the centerspeakers? So then the sides fronts and rears all have there own cable going into the computer?

    See my speaker right now has one wire coming from it. And that one runs the sub and the speakers.
    Last edited by microzee; 08 Sep 2014 at 14:10.
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    You actually have two 2.1 sets of speakers, right ? If a sub-woofer is not connected to appropriate connector on the audio card and does not have it's own amplifier, then you can't control it from software on the computer and you are at the mercy of it's own electronics.
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surround sound with 2 sets of speakers, no bass from rear
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