Windows 10: Please help me get my active subwoofer working in win10! Thanks ALLOT!

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  1.    13 Nov 2017 #11

    bobkn said: View Post
    As far as I know, the Realtek drivers don't support a 2.1 configuration.

    The normal use of a 2.1 system is to use the stereo jack. The low frequencies are separated and sent to the sub by the external system. I'm not sure why things are set up that way; they certainly support a separate sub output for 5.1 or 7.1 channel systems.

    What sub do you have? If it supports line-level stereo inputs, you can use a splitter to send the stereo signal into it. The sub will mix the signals to mono and use that. You'd control the low frequencies with the low pass control on the sub. That wouldn't be as good as an active crossover, but it would permit you to boost the lows using a sub.

    (My own main desktop has a pair of Kef Eggs. They have their own subwoofer output, so that's what I use. They also accept a USB input, so I'm not using any sound card at all.)
    Hi. Alright... 2.1 should be default imo. I have a really old subwoofer. Audio pro active, and i got active speakers connected to the green port.
    Here are some old pictures i took when trying to mess around with it, but i did not get far..

    https://i.imgur.com/JtL1QH6.jpg = Active sub line in. I have two knobs where i can set the some levels.

    https://i.imgur.com/oU4ZyQw.jpg = Back of my computer in the sound card. Grey is to my KRK's speakers.

    I don't want to use a splitter. It works in linux right out of the box... I just want to plug it in when i want to use it, and unplug it if i only want my krk speakers..
    Just want the sound to go too speakers and the low frequencies going to the sub. Because it's a sub port on the back of the computer.
    Also, i don't know much about splitters, what it is or how much it costs if you are talking about more advanced splitters, etc. I tried some little plastic thingy i got in my draw a while ago that makes one contact into two. Tried plugging in sub and speakers in that but they all made terrible noise. The motherboard should be ready to go. And it is. In linux anyways. Also in windows i assume, with the right settings or tweaks.

    edit: Kef Eggs looked nice i googled. But my KRK speakers don't have a sub output.. But it should possible to get this working later on because i got the test signal. So i will play around some day. I might have to update the drivers with windows drivers and make all ports under one driver (speakers), i'm not sure yet.

    Also, i might have misunderstood you with the subwoofer. It has line in. I have old connections where you can send sound from the sub to speakers, but then i need to cut cables and to my krk's. I don't want that. Just want the sub port to work with a fresh install of windows.. Or tweak. thnx
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       13 Nov 2017 #12

    temp0rary said: View Post
    Hi. Alright... 2.1 should be default imo. I have a really old subwoofer. Audio pro active, and i got active speakers connected to the green port.
    Here are some old pictures i took when trying to mess around with it, but i did not get far..

    https://i.imgur.com/JtL1QH6.jpg = Active sub line in. I have two knobs where i can set the some levels.

    https://i.imgur.com/oU4ZyQw.jpg = Back of my computer in the sound card. Grey is to my KRK's speakers.

    I don't want to use a splitter. It works in linux right out of the box... I just want to plug it in when i want to use it, and unplug it if i only want my krk speakers..
    Just want the sound to go too speakers and the low frequencies going to the sub. Because it's a sub port on the back of the computer.
    Also, i don't know much about splitters, what it is or how much it costs if you are talking about more advanced splitters, etc. I tried some little plastic thingy i got in my draw a while ago that makes one contact into two. Tried plugging in sub and speakers in that but they all made terrible noise. The motherboard should be ready to go. And it is. In linux anyways. Also in windows also i assume, with the right settings or tweaks.

    edit: Kef Eggs looked nice i googled. But my KRK speakers don't have a sub output.. But it should possible to get this working later on because i got the test signal. So i will play around some day. I might have to update the drivers with windows drivers and make all ports under one driver (speakers), i'm not sure yet.
    The picture of the back of the sub doesn't show enough, but it looks like it has a single RCA input. More modern (?) subs have two RCA, which can be used as a pair for stereo input, or just one used to connect to the subwoofer output of a receiver.

    The splitter I referred to is a cheap device; no electronic components, just connectors and wires. Example:

    https://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Speake....5+mm+splitter

    You'd plug your powered speakers into one side of that. The other side would go to the sub:

    https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-...=3.5+mm+to+RCA

    However, that requires a stereo input to the sub, which it appears that you don't have.

    There are other work-arounds that require more expense, but I can't recommend them.

    If you find a way to use the sub output in Windows, please report back on it. I'm not optimistic.

    Cue the Rolling Stones:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7S94ohyErSw
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  3. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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       13 Nov 2017 #13

    Well one other thing to check. In your original screen shots you were properties for a device, your speakers. Instead of properties on the first panel click Configure.

    Interest reading bobkn's comment that realtek doesn't support 2.1.


    Ken
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  4.    13 Nov 2017 #14

    bobkn said: View Post
    The picture of the back of the sub doesn't show enough, but it looks like it has a single RCA input. More modern (?) subs have two RCA, which can be used as a pair for stereo input, or just one used to connect to the subwoofer output of a receiver.

    The splitter I referred to is a cheap device; no electronic components, just connectors and wires. Example:

    https://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Speake....5+mm+splitter

    You'd plug your powered speakers into one side of that. The other side would go to the sub:

    https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-...=3.5+mm+to+RCA

    However, that requires a stereo input to the sub, which it appears that you don't have.

    There are other work-arounds that require more expense, but I can't recommend them.

    If you find a way to use the sub output in Windows, please report back on it. I'm not optimistic.

    Cue the Rolling Stones:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7S94ohyErSw
    Alright. Thanks. I'm happy with my old sub. It's a good sub and good memories.
    The speakers are newer, and i like them very much also.
    And i tried one of those splitters a while ago but i got static sound and it did not work. My speakers are very easily affected. I guess they are studio monitors.

    I can. Not always. But with this i can. It works in linux, so it should work in windows. If not i will use linux when playing music instead sometimes. Thanks for the help anyways. I will. You will find it in this thread. Peace
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  5.    13 Nov 2017 #15

    Caledon Ken said: View Post
    Well one other thing to check. In your original screen shots you were properties for a device, your speakers. Instead of properties on the first panel click Configure.

    Interest reading bobkn's comment that realtek doesn't support 2.1.


    Ken
    Hi.
    Yeah, i got 5.1 sound now in those settings, and i think i will fix this tomorrow with the information i have now. I might need to play around with some stuff later on. 5.1 sound should work with some tweaks later on. Gonna do a sound test tomorrow in windows also. Thanks for the help. I don't know how i missed the speaker configuration in Audio manager. (Completely missed the drop down options last time i tried this!) I played around with windows manager like the one you mentioned last time. But now i see that the audio manager is the primary choice now. Good to know. Thanks for the help. Peace
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  6.    14 Nov 2017 #16

    Alright. I found this:
    speakers - No sound from subwoofer but sounds work - Super User
    https://superuser.com/questions/1071455/realtek-audio-logitec-subwoofer-silent


    ... Windows. It's no good. This might not work. I need to use me krk's only. Go linux, though!
    I might research more later on. But i can get a test signal. Not when i play music. Oh well..
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  7.    16 Nov 2017 #17

    Soo. Windows 10 does not support 2.1 sound then? While linux does. That's too bad if it's the case. Or realtek. I think that is a waste. And i'm not going to buy an external sound card, when my computer supports the sound setup.

    edit:
    No 2.1 speaker support in Realtek drivers? (solved) [Solved] - Speakers - Audio

    He seemed to solve it.
    Also i can try this some time in the future:

    Solved no 2.1 option in realtek HD
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