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[SOLVED] New soundcard sending 2.1 signal to 5.1 speakers???

haloguy1999

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So I just got a new SoundblasterX AE-5 soundcard, hooked it up fine. Yet I'm having a problem with the software where it's sending a stereo signal to my Logitech Z906 speakers.

Currently they're running through optical right now, and the only way I can get sound on them is if I force through a stereo signal. Otherwise I get nothing.
My headphones on the otherhand (3.5mm) seem to be working fine, giving me absolutely phenomenal audio.

Do I need an alt. method of input, like 3 3.5mm jacks, is optical not able to send the 5.1 signal??

Any help on this would be great cause I'm lost haha
 

boju

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Sound card doesn't seem to have Dolby Digital Live real-time encoding if want to use optical. DDL encodes the signal (compresses) 5.1/7.1 and then sends it to the speaker unit to decode. This is done in real time on some sound cards with this feature. Ie; Sound Blaster ZX 5.1 and Asus Xonar D2x. Without the compression, optical's default signal is 2.1.

Can you use analogue jacks?
 

haloguy1999

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Sound card doesn't seem to have Dolby Digital Live real-time encoding if want to use optical. DDL encodes the signal (compresses) 5.1/7.1 and then sends it to the speaker unit to decode. This is done in real time on some sound cards with this feature. Ie; Sound Blaster ZX 5.1 and Asus Xonar D2x. Without the compression, optical's default signal is 2.1.

Can you use analogue jacks?
Yes I could, it has a 3 to 3 input. I'd need to order the cables, but would that work?
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00P4L7GS4/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
 

haloguy1999

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Yeah those will work.

Green: fronts
Yellow: centre/sub
Black: rears

Have you checked to see if you still have the cables the z906 comes with? Should have come with them.
Unfortunately I've probably lost them, I got these speakers like 10 years ago haha, only just realizing this now! Anyways I ordered that cable, it'll be about 2-4 weeks

Thanks so much for the help!
 

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