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03 Feb 2010  
Fantail

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Slightly confused about Motherboard sound options

Ok this post is probably going to make me 'sound' like a wing-nut but here it goes.
First, always been happy with plain old stereo speakers before, no frills decent sound. Now, with 7 and media center I'm looking to go 2.1 maybe 4/5.1 for movies and jazz up a few games.

Good plan? So I check the manual and this is the jazz I see:

Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out Jack (Orange)
Use this audio jack to connect center/subwoofer speakers in a 5.1/7.1-channel audio configuration.
Rear Speaker Out Jack (Black)
Use this audio jack to connect rear speakers in a 4/5.1/7.1-channel audio configuration.
Side Speaker Out Jack (Gray)
Use this audio jack to connect side speakers in a 7.1-channel audio configuration.
Line Out Jack (Green)
The default line out jack. Use this audio jack for a headphone or 2-channel speaker. This jack can be used to connect front speakers in a 4/5.1/7.1-channel audio configuration.


I don't want to buy the wrong speakers/set-up. So for a plain 2.1 I would use just the (Green) jack and I'm told this will do 2.1 but what gives with the (Orange) jack.
I guess 4.1 is out of the question unless I do two sets of stereo speakers and a seprate sub?
That leaves 5.1 I guess. I don't understand what the deal/use of the (orange) jack is all about if 2.1 4/5.1 speaker sets bleed off the (green) for .. is it to early to start drinking?
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