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Why do some people set audio to 5.1 in windows?

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Well, every once in a while you'll hear someone mention that you should set the audio in windows to 5.1 while using headphones or some other 2.0 or 2.1 source but why? Why would that make a difference? What are you trying to trick the audio driver or game engine? I've never seen a good post describing how these theories work.
Edited by BababooeyHTJ - 1/12/12 at 6:45pm
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Because I have a 5.1 system...?

Actually 7.2 but 5.1 does the job.
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post #3 of 12
Perhaps the individual(s) in question have a 5.1 speaker setup and it would thus be logical to set it to 5.1?
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I have mine set to 5.1 to be able to ultilise my 5.1 surround sound speaker setup.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by N3C14R View Post

I have mine set to 5.1 to be able to ultilise my 5.1 surround sound speaker setup.

THIS! thumb.gif

i use the green stereo output to my mid/high amp and the subwoofer/center out to the subwoofer amp!

i have a nice little 2.2 system smile.gif
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I'm sorry but I meant with headphones or some other 2.0 source. I constantly see people mentioning that they do that to try and gain some advantage in positional audio. I edited the op.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BababooeyHTJ View Post

I'm sorry but I meant with headphones or some other 2.0 source. I constantly see people mentioning that they do that to try and gain some advantage in positional audio. I edited the op.

I don't understand it either. You still only get 2 channel outputs.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BababooeyHTJ View Post

I'm sorry but I meant with headphones or some other 2.0 source. I constantly see people mentioning that they do that to try and gain some advantage in positional audio. I edited the op.

Because people are stooped.

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Don't some headsets have multiple speakers in both ear?
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Samurai Batgirl View Post

Don't some headsets have multiple speakers in both ear?

Yes, the "true 5.1" garbage headsets, but mostly when people talk about using 5.1 they're talking about using AD700s or some stereo headphone.
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