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11-21-2017 03:21 AM
My new Pavilion says it is capable of 5.1 sound but I need hardware to achieve this. There is no reference in the very limited documentation which came with the computer telling me what I need or where to obtain it.
Appreciate guidance please.
11-22-2017 12:35 PM
Hey there! @JohnK3, Thank you for visiting the HP Forums! A great place where you can find solutions for your issues with help from the community!
I understand you would like to know how to setup 5.1 channel on your PC.
Don't worry I'll try to help you out.
Did you make any software or hardware changes to your PC?
As you mentioned you would like to know how to setup 5.1 channel on your PC.
Try the steps recommended below to setup 5.1 channel on your PC.
Place the subwoofer on the floor near the computer. Make sure that the connectors on the back of the subwoofer are easily accessible and the speaker faces forward.
Place the center speaker on top or in front of the monitor.
Place the front left and front right desktop speakers on either side of the monitor.
Place the rear left and rear right speakers behind the listening area.
For 7.1 surround, place the left side and right side speakers as close to the sides as possible, usually toward the front of the desk.
Following the directions that came with the speakers, connect the speaker wires between each speaker and the subwoofer, making sure to connect each speaker wire into the matching port.
Use the longer speaker wires for the rear speakers.
Place the control tower (the volume control component) near the listening area where it is easily accessible, and plug the cable from the control tower into its matching port on the back of the subwoofer.
If your speaker system supports SPDIF through a coaxial connection, connect an RCA-style coaxial cable to the orange SPDIF port on the back of the computer, and to the main speaker. Refer to SPDIF digital settings.
Connect the sound cable with green connectors into the Primary Front Speaker Out port on the back of the computer. Plug the other end of the cable into the green port on the subwoofer.
Connect the sound cable with black connectors into the Rear Speaker Out port on the back of the computer. Plug the other end of the cable into the black port on the subwoofer, next to the green port.
Connect the sound cable with orange connectors into the orange Center or Digital Out port on the back of the computer. Plug the other end of the cable into the orange port on the subwoofer.
Plug the speaker cord into the electrical outlet and turn on the speaker system.
Turn on the computer and test for sound.
Configure the sound settings using the steps in Setting the default sound device.
Refer this article to know more information about setting up 5.1 and 2.1 channel surround speakers.
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11-22-2017 02:23 PM
What I’m asking is what additional hardware do I need and. Where fo I source it?
11-22-2017 03:05 PM
@JohnK3, Thanks for your quick response and time.
I appriciate your efforts for writing back to us.
As you mentioned you see only 3 ports on the rear of your PC.
Can you share a picture of the rear ports on your PC? It would help me for better understanding.
Hope to hear from you soon!
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