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Logitech x540 speakers- rear speakers distorted on matrix mode


I set up my new logitech x540 speakers and:

1) Apparently I have to use matrix mode for ALL music since there isn't a media player out there that supports 5.1 surround sound and music is recorded for two speakers.

2) THE BIG ISSUE: While I'm listening to music on matrix mode the rear speakers sound very distorted. I don't experience this with classical music but on more percussive popular music.


3) Occasionally I'll get crackles on a song

Any idea why this is happening (esp #2)?

My PC info:
Inspiron 530
Windows Vista
Sound Blaster Audigy MB Audio (integrated)

My computer is supposed to support up to 7.1 surround.

Thanks for the help!

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  • chazpiano Apr 28, 2008

    I fixed it. In order to get surround sound you have to convert it to a WMA and use Windows Media Player, not itunes which doesn't support surround.



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I installed my soundcard which is the sound blaster SE audigy but when i try to test the sound i see that it does not sound separately.What i have to do to make them sound saperately when i'm testing it ?

Posted on Sep 24, 2008

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One easy fix to the problem of distortion in rear speakers is (if you do not have a higher-end sound card) to buy a three way quarter inch splitter. Simply plug the three quarter inch cables coming from the speaker system into the three female ends on the splitter and then plug the single quarter inch jack into your computer - this sends the same audio to all of the speakers.

Posted on May 29, 2009

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The problem with the rear speaker is in mp3 itself not in the system. if you play from a original cd it will sound nice suroundy in matrix mode.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009

I had the same problem only my 2 front sats and my sub was playing without matrix but in realtek high definition driver theres a thing called speaker fill it play on all speakers hope i helpt

Posted on Oct 06, 2008

Okay. first off. onboard sound does not support 5.1/7.1 even though they claim to.
if you have a soundcard. your in luck. just set the channels to 2
speakers to 5.1 and disable Virtual 7.1 surround. also music plays through all the speakers when i use itunes to play them.

Posted on Aug 11, 2008

please hep me, i want to buy logitech x540 speakers but i saw some where they sad this isnt good so i am be worry about that, i want to now is it good for music?

and in compare edifier r501 and logitech x540 , which is good for music?


Posted on Jul 30, 2008

X540 is designed to have a 5.1 setup. if you have enough plugs in the back of your computer then i suggest you plug in all of them and configure it to 5.1. matrix mode changes the 2 back and 1 centre speakers to work if you dont have 5.1 configured/set up. this is sort of dodgey because i think it only plays sounds under 1khz so thats probably why you dont hear singing in a song and only some sound.

Posted on Jul 22, 2008

Some sound cards have a function call "stereo expander" or something like that and will play sound through all the channels

Posted on Jun 29, 2008

"my rear speakers are only supporting the music but not when a singings come in from a song .. and it isnt as loud as my front speakers when it is the same watts ( 2 x 7.4W )"
your rear speakers are just "surround" speakers so maybe thats why no vocals go through there.the rear speakers only sound softer because u mainly hear the centre speaker (which ur suppose to) the centre speaker acts as a "link" to the left n right channels

Posted on Jun 06, 2008

Well i temporarily found an alternative...if you can try to disconnect the orange cord from your PC(center/sub)...see if thats better....i mean just leave it hanging there...just a suggestion though...but it worked for me...

Posted on May 27, 2008

I have the exactly the same problem .. my rear speakers are only supporting the music but not when a singings come in from a song .. and it isnt as loud as my front speakers when it is the same watts ( 2 x 7.4W )

Posted on Apr 28, 2008

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