Setting up a new surround sound profile can be difficult if there are a lot of speakers that need to be properly positioned. Fortunately, Windows 10 includes a small built-in test program that can help get you set up. Here’s how to access this program.
First, right-click on the speaker icon in the taskbar and select “Sounds” from the pop-up menu.
(You can also open Control Panel and click Hardware and Sound> Sound ).
In the window that appears, select the Playback tab, then select the surround audio output device you want to test from the list. On many PCs, this will be a device called “Speakers”. Click the “Configure” button to configure the selected device.
(You can also right-click the device in the Playback list and choose “Configure [Device name]” .
The “Speaker Setup” window opens. In the list of audio channels, select the profile you want to test. For example, if you have 7.1 surround sound connected and want to test that, select “7.1 Surround”.
Next, click the “Test” button just below the channel list. You will hear a test tone played through all the speakers in the configuration one after another. When each speaker plays, it is highlighted in the diagram.
If you want to stop the test, click the Test button again, which will display as “Stop” while the test tune is playing.
If you want to test each speaker individually, click on them in the diagram on the right side of the window. When you click on a speaker, the test tune plays through that particular speaker. This can help you determine if your speakers are positioned correctly.
Then feel free to press “Cancel” or close the window with the “X” button in the corner. Then, close the “Sound” property .
You can also click “Next” and go through the wizard to let Windows know which speakers you haven’t connected yet, if needed.
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