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carl7276
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XPS 15 surround sound???

So I recently purchased a 2011 model XPS15 (has not made it to me yet, APO address), it has the JBL 2.1 waves maxxaudio. My question can this be swapped out for a 5.1 or greater card? Also why isn't it an option to build them with one? I have a 7.1 headset that I love. But I want true surround sound. Any suggestions?
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Re: XPS 15 surround sound???

carl7276

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I am afraid that audio on the XPS 15 is integrated on the system board, short of using an external card you will not be able to swap it out.

TB

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carl7276
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Re: XPS 15 surround sound???

Do you know of any that are good? The issue is my 7.1 headset has a USB. I've looked around and all the ones I find do not have a USB out. Only headphone jacks. Plus they say they are for stereo headsets

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Re: XPS 15 surround sound???

I simply suggest waiting until you get the system and try out your USB headset with the system, I think that you will be impressed.  If you do have audio problems after getting the system please report back here.

TB

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carl7276
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Re: XPS 15 surround sound???

Will it support 7.1? Or just send a stereo signal to my headset? From what I have read it won't. I don't doubt the quality it has for stereo. It's the surround sound I need

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Re: XPS 15 surround sound???

Hello. If it is the XPS L501x or XPS L502x, it has a 5.1 surround integrated audio system. It has 2 headphone/line out jack sockets on the right side. One is a normal one and the other is a combination regular and s/pdif port. Both of these and the mic jack are configurable jacks, and you can configure them from their normal functions to be the 3 outputs jacks for a 5.1 speaker system.

Plus with the s/pdif port you can connect to a surround decoder if you have that kind of setup.

Sorry if I misunderstood your question. Re-reading it I see that perhaps you are asking why it doesn't have 6 speakers in the case.

Jim Coates -- 15 years on the Dell Laptop Audio boards -- since 2/6/04 

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Re: XPS 15 surround sound???

If it connects by USB it won't use the onboard sound system at all - it must have its own audio processor onboard.  Basically, you have a 7.1 external sound card built into the headset -- what's onboard the system makes no difference.

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Re: XPS 15 surround sound???

Sorry I didn't see the reply from Terry before posting -- I was researching the XPS L521 model to see if it also has 5.1 but apparently not.

Jim Coates -- 15 years on the Dell Laptop Audio boards -- since 2/6/04 

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carl7276
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Re: XPS 15 surround sound???

No I was referring to exactly what you said thank you. Only thing now is to find out my specific model since when I purchased it it simply said 2011 model xps 15 and when I look at purchase order it only said xps 15. Thank you

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carl7276
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Re: XPS 15 surround sound???

See I have a razer brand headset that does have a controller. However their site says it must have a 5.1 or greater source for true surround sound. Otherwise you are digitally making the stereo sound like surround sound. But it's not true surround sound

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