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How can you tell if headphone sound is 2.1 or 5.1?

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Is there any type of test you can do to see if it is stereo or surround sound? I was playing around with my audio drivers and I messed some things up, so I want to test it. I am not very good with audio products, so I can't just listen to it and figure it out =/
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try a fps game, find a directional sound and walk around it
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try a fps game, find a directional sound and walk around it
Would BC2 work fine?
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With 5.1 you can hear two speaker behind your head and 3 in front. You can hear a subwoofer either below, next, or above you.


2.1, you heard two speakers in front of you and a subwoofer somewhere.
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With 5.1 you can hear two speaker behind your head and 3 in front. You can hear a subwoofer either below, next, or above you.


2.1, you heard two speakers in front of you and a subwoofer somewhere.
TEST WITH NOISE.

And sound.

I know, revolutionary.
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post #6 of 9
In reality, no headphone other than some headsets with more than 2 drivers can actually claim to have 2.1/5.1 sound. There's only 2 channels and 2 drivers, hence stereo 2.0 sound. There's nothing you can do to change that.

Some software that comes with soundcards will of course try to simulate surround, but in the end, you're still listening to 2.0. Maybe you had set up one of these surround emulations in the past and deactivated it? Dig around in your audio software and see if you can find anything (or tell us what you're running and I can be more specific). You'll be able to instantly tell the difference between the settings. Whether you like it or not is another matter.
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Are you using the onboard?
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Are you using the onboard?
Yep, onboard sound card.
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Originally Posted by ComradeNF View Post
Yep, onboard sound card.
set your speakers to headphones in windows then run BC2. then Select headphones. Test it.
With BC2 you can use use your receiver as well set the speaker count in the settings.ini to 6 if you got it hook up via a toslink or coxial. Sounds great as well.
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