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Changing speakers from 5.1 setup to stereo

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I am happy with my 5.1 setup for playing games and watching DVDs but when I listen to music I am generally sitting on a different seat and I would like the rear speakers to act as the front speakers and just have stereo sound from this pair. Is it possible to do this?
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by:lchyi
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Music usually doesn't come mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound so if you just play from WinAMP or something, you should get stereo sound from your rear left and right speakers.
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by:Neil_Simpson
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This is true but what I would like to do is disable the other speakers to prevent things sounding odd. Due to the location of the other chair I'd have 4 speakers on the left and only one on the right if the front speakers were active.
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by:kinobestew123
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OK, I'm pretty sure I have the answer to this. If you set it to 4 speaker mode in your software (im sure you know how to do this). Then use the balance thingy and slide it all the way to the rear, it will then be acting like stereo coming from the rear. The other speakers will not be disabled but there will just be no sound coming from them. The sound quality should be the same. Good Luck (and please give me some points, lol, i need them)
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by:kinobestew123
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If you are using a creative soundblaster card, you use the Audio HQ to do this (it comes on the disk).

Just thought I would tell you
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by:Neil_Simpson
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I guess that would work, the left and right sides would be the wrong way round but I could live with that. The only problem is that I would ideally like to automate it so that if I open Media player it defaults to the stereo setting but all other applications use the normal setting. Any suggestions?
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kinobestew123 earned 125 total points
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Ok, this is how you do it with Windows Media Player 10 (download it here http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/mp10/default.aspx if you don't have it). Then you click  Tools then Options then press the devices Tab. Double click on speakers then press Advanced. Then press on Advanced under Speaker Settings. On the speaker setup, change it to quadraphonic. This will then automatically play anything in Windows Media Player using your 4 speaker setup. I haven't actually tested this though so it might not work. I can't see why not though.
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by:Neil_Simpson
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Thanks,
I'll take it from here and try to knock up a program which will let me switch between the two, I've not tried programming for windows before so that should be interesting.
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