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5.1 speakers subwoofer sound issue

by Retheesh / January 31, 2007 3:43 PM PST

I have Creative 5200 5.1 speakers connected to a Creative Audigy 1 sound card. I'm running Windows XP Pro and use Windows Media Player. I've noticed that my subwoofer doesn't sound so good when playing some Hip-Hop mp3s. So I tried unplugging the Center/LFE connector and I noticed that my subwoofer was still working! I unplugged the rear speakers connection and still, the subwoofer was working. I realized that I get subwoofer sounds from each connector, each connector would make the subwoofer more powerful. The speakers sound fine though.

So my question is if this is normal or could there be something wrong? Could someone please confirm if the subwoofer is supposed to react to all three connections or just the center/LFE connector?

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Just a comment.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 1, 2007 11:26 PM PST

Most MP3s are stereo and will be 2.0 (stereo) or 2.1 (adds bass center?) capable. Owners of 5.1 systems will have complaints like yours.

There is no easy fix here since even a AudioCD may not sound as good as real 5.1 content.


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Of course
by Retheesh / February 2, 2007 11:03 PM PST
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That makes sense, never thought about the state of mp3s. Thanks!

I guess the only way to make mp3s sound better is if I had a player capable of up-converting 2.0 sound into 5.1 sound, but even that's not guaranteed to fix the problem.

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Try a plugin for Winamp like MAD (link)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 2, 2007 11:50 PM PST
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by Retheesh / February 4, 2007 5:53 AM PST

I don't mean to be picky, but is there such a plugin for windows media player?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 4, 2007 6:02 AM PST
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I don't use Windows Media Player. Various reasons.


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