How to connect surround sound to a laptop

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How to connect surround sound to a laptop
Connect your laptop to an outside speaker system. (laptop image by Jorge Figueiredo from

The built-in speakers on most laptop computers can leave you wanting more from the audio of the system, especially if you are playing video games or watching movies. However, there is a line-out audio port (typically used for headphones) that you can use to connect outside speaker systems, including surround sound systems, to the computer.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 3.5mm to RCA audio cable
  • Surround sound receiver

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  1. 1

    Plug the 3.5mm end of the 3.5mm to RCA cable into the "Line-out" port on the side of your laptop.

  2. 2

    Connect the RCA cables into one of the "Audio In" ports on your surround sound receiver.

  3. 3

    Click "Start" and choose "Control Panel." When the Control Panel window loads, click "Sounds," then choose the "Advanced Options." From here you can adjust your speaker option to "Surround Sound" (instead of "laptop speakers").

  4. 4

    Power on the surround sound receiver and you can now hear the audio from your laptop computer in surround sound.

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