How to Setup 7.1 Surround Sound Speakers on a Laptop

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How to Setup 7.1 Surround Sound Speakers on a Laptop
Improve the sound of your laptop with a surround sound system attachment. (laptop image by Du...¡an Zidar from

A 7.1 surround sound speaker set-up is used for home theatres and entertainment systems. Often it is the audio output source for television, radio and music players. However, a surround sound system can also be hooked up to a laptop. This will let you enjoy the music and video that is stored on your laptop in high quality sound. The connection is fairly straightforward.

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Things you need

  • Stereo cable

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  1. 1

    Insert the end of the stereo cable with one plug into the headphone jack on your laptop. The headphone jack is usually trimmed with a green circle.

  2. 2

    Insert the two plugs of the remaining end of the stereo cable into the RCA jacks on the back of the body of the stereo.

  3. 3

    Adjust the surround sound system stereo setting to the RCA channel to which you have just connected the stereo cord. There will be a control button on the front of the stereo to make this adjustment. The current channel will be displayed on the screen of the stereo. Consult the stereo manual to find the exact location of the button on your stereo model.

  4. 4

    Plug in and turn on the laptop. Let the operating system fully load.

  5. 5

    Test the connection by playing audio from your laptop. There should be no sound coming from the laptop speakers. All audio should now come from the surround sound stereo.

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