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Realtek HD Audio 7.1 to Front Panel 3.5mm Jack Headphones; No Subwoofer

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August 17, 2015 10:46:20 AM

BACKGROUND:
I had Windows 7. I was using a Soundblaster X-fi Xtreme Audio 7.1 PCIe card to get 7.1 sound out of my PC only to discover that my Asrock Z97 Fatal1ty Killer MOBO won't support any extra occupied PCIe slots while I'm Crossfiring GPUs. So I took out that soundcard and opted for stereo sound on my MOBO instead (I couldn't figure out how to get 7.1 from the MOBO to the front panel jack).

I then upgraded to Windows 10 last week and am trying to find out how to get the 7.1 sound to work on it.

PROBLEM:
I have my HD650 Headphones hooked into the front panel audio jack on my PC. I have "Configure Speakers" set to 7.1 Surround. When I click test; Front Left/Right are normal volume, Center is higher volume, Subwoofer is no volume, and Side/Rear Left/Right are lower volume.

I can put a bandaid on the Side and Rear speakers by using Room Correction to adjust their volume, but I can't figure out what is happening with the Subwoofer. Realtek HD is set up to ignore the rear PC audio outputs when front panel jack is detected.

TROUBLESHOOTING SO FAR:
I have enabled Bass management - no change.

I have enabled "Swap Center/Sub Output" - no change

I have gone to the Realtek website and re-loaded the 64-bit drivers for Windows 10 - no change

I have changed the Realtek HD setting to output both rear and front of PC sound (only allows stereo in this configuration to front panel) and plugged headphones into the Orange C/Sub jack in the rear - I can hear the Center and Sub at normal volume when testing

I changed Realtek HD setting to original configuration which ignores the rear PC outputs when front panel jack is detected - original problem still exists.

HELP ME PRETTY PLEASE

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August 17, 2015 3:00:20 PM

I'm not sure what your asking for help with; Your headphones are stereo only, hence the single stereo 3.5mm plug and they dont even simulate 7.1. Set the audio manager/configure speakers to headphone mode. When in 5.1 or 7.1 mode the audio chip will output to the individual speakers via the various jacks - which is why you arent hearing the sub; thats a different jack.
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August 17, 2015 5:09:31 PM

what he is referring to (or needs/wants) is called virtual surround. eg dolby headphone, cmss3d, sbx, razer virtual surround. basically it modifies the stereo signal (which is STILL a stereo signal) and distorts it to make it seem like it is 3d. basically the same thing 80% of headsets labeled "surround" do (only very few are actually surround).

if you do not have virtual surround support, you're not going to get "surround" (i say this paraphrased since its faked) out of a 2.0 jack.

it almost sounds like he has some sort of virtual given that it appears he is getting something of that effect though i do not see support listed (on the motherboard spec page, not sure about the manual).

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August 17, 2015 9:08:40 PM

ssddx said:
what he is referring to (or needs/wants) is called virtual surround. eg dolby headphone, cmss3d, sbx, razer virtual surround. basically it modifies the stereo signal (which is STILL a stereo signal) and distorts it to make it seem like it is 3d. basically the same thing 80% of headsets labeled "surround" do (only very few are actually surround).

if you do not have virtual surround support, you're not going to get "surround" (i say this paraphrased since its faked) out of a 2.0 jack.

it almost sounds like he has some sort of virtual given that it appears he is getting something of that effect though i do not see support listed (on the motherboard spec page, not sure about the manual).



Correct. I have the 7.1 virtual surround working through the front panel jack, I just can't hear the subs through it and want help in finding a remedy for it.
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September 12, 2015 8:35:27 AM

ssddx said:
what he is referring to (or needs/wants) is called virtual surround. eg dolby headphone, cmss3d, sbx, razer virtual surround. basically it modifies the stereo signal (which is STILL a stereo signal) and distorts it to make it seem like it is 3d. basically the same thing 80% of headsets labeled "surround" do (only very few are actually surround).

if you do not have virtual surround support, you're not going to get "surround" (i say this paraphrased since its faked) out of a 2.0 jack.

it almost sounds like he has some sort of virtual given that it appears he is getting something of that effect though i do not see support listed (on the motherboard spec page, not sure about the manual).



ftp://66.226.78.21/manual/Fatal1ty%20Z97%20Killer.pdf the manual for my motherboard says it supports 7.1 audio. I can get virtual 7.1 out of the front panel jack, but the rear channels are too quite and the sub channel is silent, no matter how much I adjust that volume. I want to know how to make the Sub channel sound in my Virtual 7.1 work.
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