New Version doesn't work with 5.1 surround sound configuration?

I have been using the paid version of DFX for years and recently switched to the FX version. But after the last FX update, it no longer works when I configure my ASUS Zonar sound card for 5.1 channel surround sound. When I use FX with my 5.1 configuration, all I hear is “outer space” hum. Changing my soundcard back to stereo works as expected. Going back to 5.1 gives only an electronic droning noise. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling but 5.1 still won’t work. I finally went back to the old DFX version which is compatible with my soundcard.

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I am soon to connect a 5.1 surround environment myself and would like to use the current version of FXSound as the sound enhancer. I am adding myself to this tread to be notified of a solution.

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Hi-Lo Franzinator,
First off: cudos and thanks for posting your wishes in an already existing thread! :+1:
The team visits the forum around once a week, I hope they’ll see this thread.
If the wait should become too long for you, shoot me a message and I’ll see what I can do.
Greets,
dool

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@Franzinator: If I understand correctly, the old “DFX” version can already do the job while you wait. It has also been made free for all now. [EDIT: Untrue.] But perhaps you should try the (somewhat) newer version “FxSound Enhancer” first, it’s also free now and you never know, it just might work… Both links posted below.

DFX Audio Enhancer:

FxSound Enhancer:

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Thank you for the update. Would I configure the FXSound for 5.1 or leave it alone and only configure the AV Reciever for 5.1? or both? In the windows sound config dialog box.

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As far as I know, there is no way to configure any version of FxSound for 5.1 setups.
Ya got yer effects, ya got yer equalizer, and that’s it.

EDIT: Proven untrue, see later posts. Sorry! Didn’t quite catch on there. My mistake.

I forgot to mention in the windows sound dialog box. Where playback devices would be FXSound and AV receiver.
Settings for Sound

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You mean “Configure speakers?”
I honestly don’t think that’ll make any difference.
Actually, I have no idea what the result would be with the previous versions, especially since I’ve never owned a 5.1 setup, and I’m not a tech guy.
But if all else fails, you can give it a try…
EDIT: Again, I am wrong.

You understood correctly. I will give it a try. Thanks for the time.

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No problem.
If you’re unsure, you can simply start up the configuration dialogue box, to see if there’s an option for 5.1.
And if there isn’t, you can abort the configuration.

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These are the options I see with the new version.
There’s clearly a 5.1 option, so…
Is your 5.1 setup installed yet?
Have you tried configuring the newest FxSound for 5.1?

Some issues with FxSound are very machine-specific.
It can work fine on one machine, and fail on another.
So if you’ve got the new version installed, keep it!
And try configuring it for 5.1 first, to see if it works.

I agree with you. I do not yet have my 5.1 environment complete yet so I cannot yet try this. I will try just the AV Receiver audio device 1st. Then try. It that doesn’t work I will try both AV Receier and FXSound playback devices and see what happens.

I guess what I would like to know is: Does FXSound control speakers or does it just enhance the sound signal running through it? If the latter is true then I don’t understand why the FXSound playback device would include a speaker config.

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I think that’s a standard built-in Windows thing. Since FxSound functions as an output, Windows gives it those options. That’s my guess.
Just a guess though.

Be sure to post here again when you know what the results are when you’ve installed your system! Good luck. And sorry for the mess I made in this thread.

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Hey that’s what a good thread ends up being. A good mess! Thanks again and I love the product. I have used it for years but only on stereo and virtual surround environments. Real surround opens a lot more questions. I will post my results.

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@bvijay: Is the new version compatible with 5.1 setups? And if so, what could be the problem?

My FXS does set up fine on 5.1, and the Test finds every speaker channel separately. Also tested it on my 5.1 version of “Wish you were here” played from MediaMonkey 5 (has a built in 5.1 decoder) and it works perfectly

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Thanks @Dsotm for your help! :+1:
Glad to know it does work.

I did some research on forums re connecting pc to AV receiver via HDMI. The forum member stated that you do not need to update the playback device on the PC. Just leave it on stereo. The signal will be sent to AV where the 5.1 surround conversion will happen. I guess if it reads out Dolby DTS on the AV receiver it works.

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Thanks for looking that up.
Once you’ve installed your system, feel free to show off in the Equipment thread:

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