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Windows 7: Convert streaming stereo to 5.1?


13 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Convert streaming stereo to 5.1?

Is there a way to convert streaming stereo audio, such as internet radio, to 5.1 surround? I have a 5.1 setup, but streaming audio comes through 2.1. I don't want to record and convert, just convert in real-time. TIA


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13 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well, 5.1 is a mixer issue. Was the music originally mixed for 5.1? If not, then trying to convert to 5.1 would be rather ugly. That's why you have to buy the correct version of an audio disc if you're an audiophile with a 5.1 system, or like my uncle, 10.1.
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13 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zen00 View Post
Well, 5.1 is a mixer issue. Was the music originally mixed for 5.1? If not, then trying to convert to 5.1 would be rather ugly. That's why you have to buy the correct version of an audio disc if you're an audiophile with a 5.1 system, or like my uncle, 10.1.
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Internet radio is streaming stereo. I have a 5.1 setup and if possible it would be nice to hear the music coming from the extra speakers. This would be simulated surround which is not uncommon, but I don't know how/if I can make it happen on my PC.
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13 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Do you have a 5.1 soundcard?

Silly question, just looked at your stats an of course you do.
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13 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Here's a try, go to your music settings and try matrix mode, that should simulate 5.1 output.
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13 Feb 2010   #6

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zen00 View Post
Here's a try, go to your music settings and try matrix mode, that should simulate 5.1 output.
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Thanks! Where are you seeing this setting?
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13 Feb 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

As I don't have your audio device (or 5.1 at all, until sometime next week), I don't know where the setting is. It's somewhere in your audio control panel. If you can't find "Matrix Mode" per say, it may be there under some other name. Just try them all.
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13 Feb 2010   #8
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Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The setting you are looking for is called Speaker Fill,


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13 Feb 2010   #9

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
The setting you are looking for is called Speaker Fill,


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Thanks! Unfortunately my sound card doesn't appear to offer this option, but I hope to be switching soon. I've got a Gigabyte mobo and just need a surround cable so I can use the Realtek sound.
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