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Tricking my computer into thinking single speaker is surround sound system?

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Alright so I have a bit of a predicament. I was purchased the recon3d PCIe soundcard for my PC as a gift. I have a single, standalone speaker, as well as a subwoofer from a separate system that no longer works (just the sub is working). I would love to get audio to play out of my single speaker, as well as the subwoofer, as the speaker does not pick up low frequencies at all.

The single speaker and subwoofer are both connected to my computer via 3.5mm audio cable. If I plug them in a certain way, I get beautiful audio out the sub, and only muffled audio out of the single speaker.

I believe I've figured out the problem: the single speaker is now acting as ONLY the left and right speaker of a 5.1 surround system. In the speaker configuration, I tested it, and these two speakers come through fine, but I am still missing the center speaker as well as the rear speakers. Is there any way that I can make it so that the audio from the center and rear speakers come through the left/right speakers?

I tried disabling all but the left/right and sub, but then, for whatever reason, the subwoofer no longer plays any audio. Any solutions would be greatly appreciated.

TL;DR: is there any way to make my audio from an entire 5.1 surround system play through just the left and right speakers(and the subwoofer)?
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Subbed for interest.

I don't know about the recon3d, but Asus Xonar soundcards have this software feature called "flexbass" which does exactly what you want. It separates low frequencies (below whatever cutoff frequency you specify) from the other channels and routes them to the LFE (sub) channel. You could play normal stereo audio (which would be mixed to mono audio in your case), but redirect all bass to the subwoofer even though the original sound doesn't have a subwoofer channel.
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Thank you so much, that's really awesome. I will do that for sure if I can't figure out any way to make this work with what I already have.
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So I did a little googling, and alot of Creative cards seem to have a similar bass crossover feature. Just plug the sub into the LFE channel, upmix stereo to mono and enable the lfe crossover feature in the sound control panel, then you should be good to go.


If it doesn't have that, you could just sell your Recon3D and buy a cheap Xonar. It's not like the giver is gonna open up your PC to check which card you're using thumb.gif
Edited by brucethemoose - 3/19/14 at 4:24pm
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