How to Test a 5.1 Speaker

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5.1-surround sound can turn your PC into a home entertainment system for music and videos or a virtual world for the latest games. Surround sound immerses you in the multimedia experience and makes audio effects more dramatic and realistic. Connecting a 5.1 speaker set to your computer is not difficult, but finding just right spot for individual speakers in the system usually takes some trial and error. Windows 7 allows you to test the sound of a single speaker in a connected 5.1 speaker system or create tones that help you gauge the sound from all of the speakers.

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  1. 1

    Click the "Start" button and then "Control Panel." After the main "Control Panel" window opens, click the "Sound" link or icon.

  2. 2

    Click the name of your 5.1 speakers set in the list of "Playback" devices in the "Sound" window. Click the "Configure" button. Wait for the "Speaker Setup" window to appear.

  3. 3

    Click "5.1 Surround" in the "Audio Channels" list.

  4. 4

    Click the "Test" button to play test tones through all the speakers in the 5.1 speaker set.

  5. 5

    Click an individual speaker in the 5.1 set by clicking the corresponding picture in the 5.1 system graphic on the right side of the screen. The picture on the right side of the screen allows you test the subwoofer, centre channel, left-front, left-rear, right-front and right-rear speakers one by one.

  6. 6

    Click the "Next" button. Enable the "Center," "Subwoofer," "Side Pair" and "Rear Pair" options on the "Customize Your Configuration" screen. Click the "Next" button.

  7. 7

    Enable the "Front Left and Right" and "Surround Speakers" options on the "Select Full-Range Speakers" screen. Click the "Next" button.

  8. 8

    Click the "Finish" button to complete the configuration and testing of the 5.1 speakers and to close the "Speaker Setup" window.

  9. 9

    Click the "OK" button to close the "Sound" window.

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