\r\n\/**\/\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n Get the most\r\n out of your games by hooking up your PlayStation 2, Xbox or\r\n GameCube to a surround sound system.\r\n\r\n With so many games now supporting full 5.1 channel surround\r\n sound, having your console of choice pumping out audio only\r\n through your television's stereo speakers is practically a\r\n travesty. True surround sound gives games another dimension --\r\n and not only can it improve the experience, it can also improve\r\n your actual gameplay, with many games having specific audio clues\r\n to tell you where danger is coming from. Play Halo\r\n 2 through a 5.1 set-up and you'll hear enemies approaching\r\n from behind or from the side -- you won't get that advantage in\r\n stereo.\r\n\r\n And hooking up your console to a home theatre set-up isn't\r\n that complicated. All it takes is a bit of hardware and some menu\r\n configuration and you're there.\r\n\r\n 1. What you'll\r\n need | 2. Hook up your PS2 | 3. Hook up your Xbox |\r\n 4. Hook up your\r\n GameCube\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n \r\n You'll need an Optical Audio cable (left) for\r\n the PS2 and Xbox, and RCA stereo cables (right) for the\r\n GameCube\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n 1. What you'll need\r\n One of the three gaming consoles is obviously a prerequisite,\r\n with another being a surround sound system to connect it to.\r\n Surround sound systems come in many flavours, ranging from\r\n relatively cheap home theatre in a box solutions to more\r\n expensive separates packages. Whatever type of system you have,\r\n you'll need to ensure it has extra inputs to accommodate the\r\n other components being plugged into it.\r\n\r\n The main input to look out for is an Optical Audio input\r\n (sometimes called Toslink), as most of the major consoles hook up\r\n to a surround sound system this way. You'll also need to make\r\n sure that your surround sound system of choice supports \r\n Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II and DTS formats.\r\n\r\n If you already have a home theatre set-up, then read on below\r\n for specific instructions on hooking up your console. If you\r\n don't have a surround sound system, check out CNET.com.au's\r\n Home Theatre\r\n channel for comprehensive product information and\r\n features.\r\n\r\n Finally, you'll need a game that outputs to surround sound --\r\n there are plenty of titles out there, but many older games will\r\n only output in stereo. Check the back of the game's packaging for\r\n more details.\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n \r\n The PS2 has a built-in Digital Optical Out\r\n port\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n 2. Hook up your PS2\r\n The PlayStation makes it easy for you by coming with a built-in\r\n Digital Optical Out port for surround sound. All you need to do\r\n is buy a Digital Optical audio cable, which will set you back\r\n around AU$20 (depending on the quality of cable you buy) -- most\r\n electronics outlets will have a range available for you to choose\r\n from. Simply plug one end of the cable into the back of the PS2\r\n and attach the other end to the receiver\/amplifier of your\r\n surround sound kit.\r\n\r\n You'll also need to change the audio setting of the PS2 before\r\n you can hear games in surround sound goodness. Start your PS2\r\n (without a game disk inserted) and go into the System\r\n Configuration menu. Once in there, switch the Optical Digital Out\r\n option to "On", as well as switching the DTS option to\r\n "On".\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n \r\n You'll need an Xbox Advanced AV Pack to\r\n connect your Xbox to a surround sound system\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n 3. Hook up your Xbox\r\n Hooking up your Xbox to a surround sound system is only slightly\r\n more complicated, mainly due to the fact that the Xbox console\r\n doesn't come with Digital Optical Out built-in. You'll need to\r\n purchase an Xbox Advanced AV Pack from an electronic or games\r\n retailer, which will set you back AU$39.95. You'll still also\r\n need to buy a Digital Optical audio cable. Firstly, connect the\r\n Advanced AV Pack to your Xbox, then attach one end of the Digital\r\n Optical cable to the audio output of the AV Pack and the other\r\n end to the digital audio input of your receiver\/amplifier.\r\n\r\n As with the PS2, you'll need to change the Xbox's settings\r\n before you can play in surround sound. Firstly, access the Xbox\r\n Dashboard by starting the console without a disk inserted. Scroll\r\n to the Settings option, select it with A, and then select the\r\n Audio option on the next screen. Now simply select the type of\r\n audio you want to use (such as DTS, Dolby Surround or Dolby\r\n Digital), and confirm your selection when prompted by the\r\n Xbox.\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n \r\n The GameCube supports Dolby Pro Logic\r\n II\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n 4. Hook up your GameCube\r\n The GameCube is the easiest of the three to set-up as all you'll\r\n need are RCA stereo cables, which are already included with the\r\n console. The GameCube is different from the PS2 and Xbox in that\r\n it doesn't actually support a 'traditional' 5.1 speaker set-up.\r\n Rather, it uses Dolby Pro Logic II, an audio format which changes\r\n stereo (two-channel) information into a full surround sound set\r\n up (as opposed to discrete channels for each speaker). If your\r\n receiver\/amp supports Dolby Pro Logic II, then all you need to do\r\n is connect the GameCube's RCA cables and ensure Dolby Pro Logic\r\n II is enabled at the receiver\/amp end.\r\n\r\n Keep up to date with the latest games news, reviews\r\n and features by signing up to CNET.com.au's free Games Spotlight\r\n weekly newsletter. Sign up now!