[Solved]2.1 Speaker Setting for Windows

 A lot of PC users have 2.1 speaker systems, but are not able to reap the benefits in later versions of Windows edition. Windows 8.1 onward, we have sound settings for stereo, quadraphonic, 5.1 and 7.1. When the 2.1 system is set to stereo settings, the sub woofer would have sound, but wouldn't function as it would normally. Bottom line, No BASS!! Do you want to know, how to set a windows 2.1 system in Windows 8, 8.1 or 10?
Windows Speaker Setting

Well the answer is not that difficult. Just follow these simple steps.

  1. Right click on the Sound icon in the system tray(lower right hand corner).
    Taskbar Right Click
  2. Click "Playback Devices". You will see the Sound window, as below:
    Sound Properties
  3. Right the audio output device. i.e. "Speakers".
  4. Select "Configure Speakers".
  5. A configuration dialog box will open up with the title "Speaker Setup".
    Speaker Configuration
  6. Select "5.1" and click "Next".
  7. In "Customize your selection", uncheck "Center" and "Side pair". The "Subwoofer" option should be checked.
    Speaker Setup Customization
  8. Click "Next".
  9. In the Full-range speaker selection, select  "Front left and right",only and click "Next". Uncheck the "Surround speakers" option.
    Select full range speakers
  10. Click "Next".
  11. Click "Finish" and Voila!
It's Done. Enjoy the amazing quality of a 2.1 or 3.1 speaker system with a fully functional sub-woofer.

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Anonymous said…
Perfect, thanks!

This really worked out.

Some of the steps to get to this panel in Win10 1803+ are different, but the functionality is still the same.

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