No surround sound


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Terry Pinnell

I've only just noticed that with some programs I'm not getting any
sound from the two 'rear' speakers in my 5 speaker setup. I get the
full surround sound if I play the same WMA track in WMP9, or Creative
PlayCenter 2, or my GoldWave Editor. But with MediaMonkey, WinAmp, and
Music Match Jukebox I have no surround.

Am I missing something very obvious here please? Why should there be
any distinction?
 
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Terry Pinnell

Byte said:
Some applications do not share their particular plug-ins. Download/updates
especially if you upgraded with SP2 and install them so they run properly.
How to uninstall and reinstall Musicmatch Jukebox - Windows XP
http://wwws.musicmatch.com/faq/INST029.htm

OK, pleased to report I've now got a handle on this.

Here's some details, partly for anyone else with a similar problem
finishing up here, and partly because I have a couple of follow-up
questions please.

I went to the WinAmp site and looked at various plug-ins in the Output
category. I found one called 'KB 5 Channels Output', which sounded
appropriate. I downloaded that, a file called
KB_5_Channels_Output.exe. On execution that installed a file called
out_KB51chn.dll in my WinAmp\Plugin folder. I tried that in WinAmp and
heard my rear speakers. So I then installed it again, this time
choosing my MediaMonkey\Plugin folder. (I wasn't 100% sure if other
files had ben installed, as no installation details were displayed, or
I could have just copied across between the folders.) MediaMonkey now
gives me sound from all 5 speakers.

However, several points still nag me:

1. How can I be sure that this 3rd party plug-in, written by a
stranger, has not compromised my sound in some other way? I gather it
is completely responsible for all sound output. It seems OK, on
superficial first acquaintance, but for all I know its quality may be
poorer than with the default MediaMonkey plug-in.

2. I chose it arbitrarily, so maybe there are better ones. Is there no
recommendation from the MediaMonkey developer as to which one works
optimally with MediaMonkey? Is there no alternative but to try them
all and choose myself?

3. Why does the MediaMonkey default not allow 5 speaker usage anyway?
I'd guess most setup these days have 5 (or more) speakers. Even low
entry new PCs often come with 5 speakers, albeit probably cheap ones.
If a user does not have 5, then he/she will never miss them. But the
reverse obviously isn't true, as was the case with me!

I've posted this in the MediaMonkey Forum too, but would appreciate
any comments here please.
 
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Guest

You are obviously engrossed with Media Monkey. The new MusicMatch Jukebox
version 10 is a lot better. WMP10 with their latest plugins has improved
quite
a lot. WinAmp should be trashed. Quicktime bugs you with ads. Creative
Player
has some unique features, but check out the below player, it is highly
recommended
and is an excellent tool.
Quintessential Player
http://www.quinnware.com/
 

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