How Do I Get My Creative 7.1 Speakers to Use Surround Sound for Stereo Sound?

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How Do I Get My Creative 7.1 Speakers to Use Surround Sound for Stereo Sound?
Change surround sound to stereo with Creative 7.1 speakers by adjusting the receiver setting. (sound image by Svetlana Kashkina from

Creative 7.1 speakers connect to an AV receiver for processing surround sound through seven audio channels plus a subwoofer. Surround sound can be heard mainly on multimedia such as DVDs and Blu-ray discs. Some audio CDs are also recorded in multichannel sound, although stereo two-channel audio is still predominant with recorded music. Switching to stereo sound will produce cleaner audio when you are listening to most music sources, including CDs, MP3 players or iPods, LP records and cassettes. Turning off the surround sound processor on the receiver will condense the surround sound audio on a disc to stereo for playback on a 7.1 system.

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  1. 1

    Turn on the Creative audio control pod connected to the Creative 7.1 speaker system by pressing the "Power" button on top of the pod (the pod comes with the speaker system) and turn down the volume to zero by pressing the left "Volume" button. This prevents a surge in the audio from damaging the speakers when a sound source is turned on.

  2. 2

    Press the "Select" button on top of the mode to choose an audio mode for listening. Pressing the button repeatedly will switch playback from stereo (2-channel) to 5.1, 6.1 and finally to 7.1. Set the "Select" button to two-channel for listening to stereo music through all seven speakers plus the subwoofer, which handles the bass.

  3. 3

    Play back a stereo music source, such as an MP3 track or CD, then press the right "Volume" button on the Creative audio control pod to the desired level.

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  • All setting adjustments for the Creative 7.1 speaker system can also be made with the supplied remote control.

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