How to Find Out What Channel Your PC Sound Card Is

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Discovering the current channel (the number of speakers to which your sound card is currently outputting) can help you to see whether you are squeezing maximum potential from your audio quality. Determining this requires only that you check the current output level under the Sounds options of your computer. The entire operation should take less than two minutes, leaving you free to make further adjustments to your audio setup as required.

For Windows XP

  • Click on the "Start" menu and open up the computer's "Control Panel." Select the option for "Sounds and Audio Devices."

  • Press the button for "Advanced" options under the "Speaker Setting" tab.

  • Look onscreen to determine what channel (stereo, 2.1, 5.1, 7.1, and so on) that you sound card is currently using, adjusting that value if necessary with the drop down menu.

For Vista and Windows 7

  • Click on the "Start" menu and open up the computer's "Control Panel." Select the option for "Sounds."

  • Select your playback device (the audio device connected to your sound card) from the list and press the "Configure" button.

  • Look onscreen to determine what channel (stereo, 2.1, 5.1, 7.1, and so on) that you sound card is currently using, adjusting that value if necessary with the drop down menu.

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