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Rear speakers not working

I have put the z5500 together and gone through a lot to get as far as I have and I have hit a rather big brick wall. The problem is when I test my speakers all is good the test goes through them all and they are fine. But when I actually try and play anything music,sounds etc it only uses the sub front 2 speakers and the center speaker.

I am currently using a Auzentech HDA Xplosion 7.1 audio card there is also realtek audio on my comp already which I needed to disable to get any sound at all in the first place. I am just now rather stumped

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  • Velaxis Jun 09, 2008

    Actually I used the cables not the digital input. Yeah I wen't through to the sound options on vista and set it to 5.1 tested it there worked just fine then try and play anything still nothing. Nothing plays through the back instead it will play through the front speakers such as the rear speaker demo on my soundcard cd will only play through the front speakers yet going into Windows sound and audio and testing it there it plays the test sound through all.




  • johhnycash Jan 13, 2009

    I have this same problem but I am using a Mac and no audio card. Can anyone please give me some advice. 

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2009

    wat up i have a 95 montero and it has tha stock radio tha front speakers work fine but the back speakers have no poower wat so ever i can somone out there help me

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If the test program works using a specific operating system (lets say Windows), and all speakers work.....this means the card AND the speakers are OK AND the OS allows functionality (the drivers are good). This leaves us with...what kids?,,,, that's right... the application. The program must support the use of multiple speakers. The Windows control panel has a little applet called Sound which can allow you to specify your speaker setup, which in turn will notify your apps how many speakers you have. XP uses "Sounds and Audio Devices" - "Advanced" under "Speaker Settings"
Now if you are using the digital input for the speakers (I assume you are) you must enable the digital output for the soundcard. That is driver dependent, and I don't know how Auzentech sets their drivers, but check audio options somewhere, and also make sure you specify coax or optical in regards to both output of card and input of speakers. That might make a difference.
Many games made today support the EAX sound extension library. It's probably best to turn that OFF in your games and set the audio renderer to HARDWARE. That should allow all of them Sweet 7.1 channels to reverberate throughout the entire building or complex of buildings.
To sum it up... the application decides on the audio program. MP3 - stereo, DVD DTS or Dolby AC3 - 5.1, Extended DTS - 6.1, COD4 - The loving goodness of 7.1

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  • Pavel Jun 09, 2008

    SRS sandbox uses the drivers as does Windows, it just hijacks the applet to add its own interface. It is a nice app, but not free.

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Try using SRS sandbox instead of using your sound driver it uses the SRS driver which is pretty good. I am using a creative inspire 5.1 and supreme fx soundcard a big difference when I tried SRS sandbox especially gaming.

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