How to Enable 5.1 Sound

If you have a soundcard and speakers capable of 5.1 sound, this can be enabled via the included DirectSound output plugin:

  1. Set the correct speaker setup configuration in Windows, and set hardware acceleration for audio to ‘full’ via Windows Control Panel > Sounds and audio devices > Speaker settings > Advanced)
  2. Go into your soundcard’s control panel and make sure 5.1/7.1 speakers are selected instead of stereo speakers.
  3. In MediaMonkey, go to Tools > Options > Output Plug-ins from the Main Menus and enable DirectSound as the output plug-in if it isn’t already.
  4. Click the Configure button to configure the plugin and enable hardware acceleration (in MediaMonkey 2.5 you’ll need to switch to the ‘Device’ tab).
  5. Make sure your sound card/chip is selected as the Output Device.
    Any changes will take effect after playback is restarted.

Note: If the ‘hardware acceleration’ checkbox is greyed out in MediaMonkey 2.5, make sure that the sound card drivers are up-to-date.

If that doesn’t work, try upgrading to the latest version of DirectX at:

For Creative SB Live & Audigy sound cards, try enabling CMSS in the EAX Control Panel, and remember to move the Front/Rear slider down (e.g. from 100% to 0%).

If that still doesn’t work, you can try the following alternative output plugins (untested):

Applies to: ,

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