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How to Connect Analog or Digital Speakers (2.1, 4.1, 5.1 and 6.1) to Audigy 2 Sound Cards? - KB Article - 350287




Article Summary: How to Connect Analog or Digital Speakers (2.1, 4.1, 5.1 and 6.1) to Audigy 2 Sound Cards?

Article Summary:This article describes how to connect analog or digital speakers (2.1, 4.1, 5.1 and 6.1) to Audigy 2 sound cards.



Steps to Connect Analog or Digital Speakers (2.1, 4.1, 5.1 and 6.1) to Audigy 2 Sound Cards

The Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 sound cards currently being sold are not color-coded, but the speaker setups for these types of sound cards are similar to the previous generation Sound Blaster Audigy and Live series sound cards.


Figure 1
shows a Sound Blaster Audigy seen from the rear side of the Alienware Case. Since the 1/8 inch connectors on most speaker systems are color-coded, the most common colors are used as a reference for these instructions.


Figure1: Sound Blaster Audigy (click on the image to enlarge)

Line Out 3 - Connects to Center, Subwoofer and Rear Center Out of analog 5.1 and 6.1 speaker systems. The connector that plugs into this jack is usually orange.

Line Out 2 - Connects to the rear speakers of analog 4.1, 5.1 and 6.1 speaker systems. The connector that plugs into this jack is usually black.

Line Out 1 - Connects to the speakers of analog 2.0, 2.1, 4.1, 5.1 and 6.1 speakers systems and also analog headphones. The connector that plugs into this jack is usually green.

Microphone In - This jack is only used if the headphones that are being used have a built-in microphone or if a stand-alone microphone is to be used. The color-coding for the connector that plugs into this jack is pink.

Line In - This jack will not be used at all with any type of speaker configuration and is only used to input a sound signal into the system. The color of the connector varies depending on the source, but previously this connector was usually color-coded in blue.

Digital Out - This jack outputs a 6-channel or compressed AC-3 S/PDIF signal to be used for connecting digital speaker systems. The color-coding for the connector that plugs to the Digital Out jack is irrelevant since digital speaker systems will only have a single connector for the sound card.

Once the speaker system are properly plugged into the back of the system, the system may be configured using the Creative Speaker Settings. To access this utility click Start > All Programs > Creative > Sound Blaster Audigy 2 > Creative Speaker Settings (Figure 2).


Figure 2: Creative Speaker Settings (click on the image to enlarge)

From this menu, select the type of speaker configuration. Place a checkmark on the Digital Output Only checkbox, which specifies to the computer that the speakers being used have a digital connection. Since most digital 5.1 speaker systems can use both analog and digital signals, it may be required to select the type of signal being used from the speakers control pod or box.

Once the speaker type is selected, press the Channel or Noise buttons to make sure if everything is working properly. Click the Calibrate button to run the Speaker Calibrator Wizard.



 
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Article ID: SLN106883

Last Date Modified: 07/23/2010 12:00 AM


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