How to Connect 5.1 Surround Sound on Dell Xps M1730

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How to Connect 5.1 Surround Sound on Dell Xps M1730
Connect two front, one centre, two rear speakers and subwoofer for 5.1. (Speaker image by PinkShot from

Released in 2008, the Dell XPS M1730 features Intel Core Duo 2 processors, nVidia graphics and an on-board 5.1 surround-sound audio chipset, the Sigmatel 92XX C-Major HD Audio card, as the default. According to the configuration at the time of purchase, the gaming laptop may have a Sound Blaster Audigy chipset instead. Both chipsets support 5.1 surround sound and allow you to connect 5.1 surround-sound speakers to the XPS M1730.

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Things you need

  • 5.1 surround sound speakers

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  1. 1

    Position the two front speakers to the side of your M1730 laptop. Move the speakers until they are the same distance from each other and from you. The front of the speakers should face you.

  2. 2

    Position the two rear speakers behind you. Move the speakers the same distance apart as your front speakers.

  3. 3

    Place the front channel speaker as close to the laptop's screen as possible. Mount the speaker on a shelf on your desk. (Optimally, mount the front centre speaker on your monitor or between the monitor and keyboard. Since the XPS M1730 is a laptop, this is not a possibility. Place the front centre speaker between the laptop and an external keyboard if you use one.)

  4. 4

    Place the subwoofer on the floor underneath your desk or table. Position it so that it has adequate ventilation. Do not press it flush against the desk.

  5. 5

    Position the wired remote or other speaker controller on the desk or table if applicable.

  6. 6

    Locate the two headphone jacks and the single microphone jack on the left panel of your Dell XPS M1730.

  7. 7

    Insert the green speaker cable into the left headphone jack, the black speaker cable into the right headphone jack and the orange speaker cable into the microphone jack.

  8. 8

    Insert the power cord that is usually attached to the subwoofer into a power outlet.

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