Anxious to replace my old beguiled desktop...all on my current shopping/comparo list state "have 5.1 Surround Sound capability"; yet pics of the rear panels ONLY show THREE ports (blue,geen,pink)?? Does this mean I actually need to revise my list to include desktops that state "7.1 Surround Sound"?? If not, how SPECIFICALLY do I connect my speakers? (LF+RF+LR+RR+center+woofer)??
When you see three ports on the rear and the system states it supports 5.1/7.1 surround sound, you can't on those ports being 'soft' ports. Which means they're programmable, the system will prompt you for what you plugged. For instance on a system with three rear jacks supporting 7.1 you could do the following:
Rear Green = Front Speaker
Rear Blue = Center/Subwoofer
Rear Pink = Rear Speaker
Front Headphone = Side Speaker
Now the cables likely won't reach the front, but you can add a 3.5mm extender.
Whereas don't think "won't reach" will be a problem (replacing my old large tower with a much smalleer one...'mid-tower'?); shouldn't be a problem now since speakers AND desktop will all be 'table-top' this time. However, as much as I do NOT want to depend on a new unit with "7.1 audio" (which current one is) since it'll drastically shrink my list. Have SIX speakers: front x2 (left/right) + rear x2 (left/right) + individual Center Channel + seperate SubWoofer box?? ANY ideas on how/where to connect all these?? REALLY hope you do!! If not, gotta start my research/shopping list all over again from scratch 😖
btw: Any idea how pre-built desktop mfg's expect us to connect when they advertise "5.1 Surround Sound capability"? (lies??)
7.1 should be four cables. For PC's they'll use 3.5MM connector with two rings. So you can dl left/right or center/subwoofer on a single cable. 5.1 you could do on three.
Source for the picture: https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-difference-between-two-stripe-earphone-headphone-and-three-stripe-earphone-headphone
If you actually have 7 cables, they must be composite(RCA) instead of 3.5MM. You can purchase Composite to 3.5MM adapters that will combine them into a single cable for the PC.
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