5.1 Surround Sound / Realtek HD Audio Manager Outputting 2.1

  1. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Pro

    5.1 Surround Sound / Realtek HD Audio Manager Outputting 2.1

    Hey Gents and Ladies!

    I am new to the forums, brought here by a specific audio gremlin that has been plaguing my system for years. I have been viewing the Realtek Driver thread extensively, but have yet to find a resolution to my issue by updating with the builds recommended there.

    #1 Goal: Play DTS Blu Ray movie files from my computer with voice audio, not just background sounds and music. (Related to 5.1 surround not working, I presume)

    I am using a Logitech Z906 5.1 Surround system, with Green/Orange/Black plugs to my MSI Z77A-G45 Motherboard inputs. Currently, when I play music, sound comes from all 4 front/side speakers (mirrored), and I have sub bass, but no center channel audio at all. When I run a Windows speaker configruation test, only the front pair will output the test sound; I get NO response from either the side(rear) speakers, center speaker, or sub.

    I have installed and un-installed Realtek HD Audio Manager several times, but have the exact same results in that program with my speaker tests. I have tried the MSI motherboard suggested audio drivers, as well as build 8560 from the recent forum posts relating to the Realtek HD audio drivers, without any change or success.

    Current state is I have completely removed Realtek HD audio Manager, and am looking for a link to a ZIP of the latest functioning drivers for my motherboard. I have yet to encounter a version of this program which has the DTS Connect tab shown in some support forums; if anyone can direct me to this version of the software, that would be greatly appreciated! Otherwise, I would be open to any solution which enables my center channel speaker, and enable DTS/Blu-Ray voice audio playback through VLC.

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  2. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    Small update: I contacted MSI to see what they might have to support me with this, and they told me to roll back to Win 7 or 8, because my Z77 is not listed as compatible with Windows 10.

    Can anyone else with more insight than MSI confirm if a Z77 board will work with 5.1 surround sound on Windows 10?
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  3. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    Found a solution without using any Realtek Drivers, through the optical input. Giving up on 3.5mm, and resolving my issue here.

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  4. Posts : 4,224
    Windows 10

    Dear @LlamaTrauma: please use the green "Mark as Solved" button on your post to share the solution with other TF members and visitors. You might also want to visit the Microsoft Store and download and install the "Realtek Audio Console." It's the latest generation Realtek controller, which comes with a new driver -- but only if you're inclined to mess around with it, given that you've found a workable solution.
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    HTH, and thanks,
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