If you use your computer as a media centre, you may want to connect a 5.1 speaker system to get the most out of your movies. A 5.1 surround-sound system actually consists of six speakers: three in the front, two in the rear, and a subwoofer. Windows Vista and Windows 7 support 5.1 and even 7.1 surround sound, and allow you to choose your speaker configuration from the "Sound" properties window.
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Plug the speakers into the computer following the manufacturer's instructions included with the speakers.
Open the "Start" menu, then click "Control Panel."
Double-click "Sound" from within the Control Panel to open the "Sound" properties window.
Right-click your 5.1 surround sound speakers in the "Playback" tab, then click "Configure Speakers."
Choose "5.1 Surround," then click "Next" and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the 5.1 surround sound set-up.
Place check-marks beside the custom speaker descriptions consisting of Center, Subwoofer and Side Pair, to customise your configuration. As the check-marks are added and removed, speakers will appear on the right-side of the window, providing a visual representation of the configuration. Only place check-marks beside the speakers that you are using in your set-up.
Click on each speaker to play a test tone through the specific speaker. Click "Next" to proceed.
Select which of your speakers, if any, are full-range speakers, meaning that they are capable of playing high, mid-range and low frequencies. The speaker packaging will indicate whether or not they are full-range speakers. Click "Next," then click "Finish" to complete the set-up.
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