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    2ch to 5.1

    Hey there
    Can a Sound Blaster Live 24 Bit external sound card receive a 2 channel input and output it as 5.1? The reason I ask is that I have 2 USB devices (silabs radio and dvd drive) that will only output sound on the front channel and I would like them to output to my rears and sub like my music does.
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    if you get the KX drivers you might be able to get it to fake it by making a mixer or 2 in 6 out in its dsp, so that way you get your stereo info out of ALL speakers
    eg you would set "line in" to goto splitter that has 6 outputs, then you shoudl be able to route that to where you need

    there is no magic way to convert stereo to 5.1, other ways involve just adding a slight time delay and reverb for the back speakers, but that always sounds like crap.

    using the KX drivers would be the best option in you just wanted the same thing out the back but still have the ability to have 5.1 play as 5.1.

    check the sound card compatibility list there before you install, some usb sound cards are supported, some are not

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woofnstuff View Post
    if you get the KX drivers you might be able to get it to fake it by making a mixer or 2 in 6 out in its dsp, so that way you get your stereo info out of ALL speakers
    eg you would set "line in" to goto splitter that has 6 outputs, then you shoudl be able to route that to where you need

    there is no magic way to convert stereo to 5.1, other ways involve just adding a slight time delay and reverb for the back speakers, but that always sounds like crap.

    using the KX drivers would be the best option in you just wanted the same thing out the back but still have the ability to have 5.1 play as 5.1.

    check the sound card compatibility list there before you install, some usb sound cards are supported, some are not
    kxProject driver requires EMU10K1 / 10K2 chipset and will not work with Live 24 PCI and any creative USB device!
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    If you're using the card's internal mixer to reroute line-in to audio-out, you won't get audio on your rear speakers.

    You will need to convert to using the line-in plugin for Winamp. Check out my other posting for instructions.

    Also check out this post on the Winamp forums.

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    damn i thought for some reason that they had limited support for some external ones.. but on seeing their list, you would be right

    http://kb.kxproject.lugosoft.com/list.html

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    This is one reason why I love the Creative X-Fi, it includes a front/rear fader as well as adjustable bass redirection in their control panel.

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