12-25-2010 10:50 AM - edited 12-25-2010 10:57 AM
Woo hoo, christmas gift, right? Setting them up in windows 7 64 bit with my 5.1 surround card. In 'sound' settings, when I setup and configure the speakers, they work fine, chiming when they should. When I play music in WMP11, the rear speakers barely make any noise, and the noise they make is certianly not the sound, just a buzzing that humms along to the music.
Although, to qualify it, the speakers are silent.
Because the speakers chime on queue, I believe this is a problem with my setup, but for the life of me I can't figure it out.
The 5.1 card is built into my Mobo, an EVGA P55 LE
12-27-2010 12:28 PM
if in the sound control panels all the speakers rings, that means your speakers are fine and your setup is correct.
the problem now is that songs are recorded in stereo (2 channel) format. that means Z506 should only play the music in front speakers only. however since Z506 has this "Matrix" feature permanently built-in, it will automatically reverse the matrix of the front channel and send it to the rear channels. with the reversed matrix, the rear sound will sound muffled compared to the front. on the other hand, it can also be caused if the matrix feature of your Z506 is not functioning properly.
if you want to test your Z506 properly, try this video and check if all the speakers sounds respective to the video. inform me if the video plays fine on each and every speakers of your Z506.
12-28-2010 10:26 AM
that's good. it means your computer is setup correctly and your Z506 is not faulty.
now, most music files are recorded in stereo formats. if you play them, they will not produce sound on the center and rear at all. but Z506 has this "matrix" mode built-in that will expand the stereo into pseudo-surround sound (upmix) by reversing the matrix of the front and send it to the rear, which means the reversed matrix are gonna sound somewhat weird.
if you want the rear speakers to sound exactly like the front (copy mode), you can try download this portable program file. unzip it and follow the instruction here. just drag your mp3 or other songs files into the program to play.
in the instruction, after you set it to copy mode, you will and should hear identical sound from all 5 speakers. if you place your speakers properly you should now hear 360* sound from the Z506.
if you ask me whether can you enjoy this effect in other programs, well the answer is no. i would love to do the same but as of now i couldn't find any way to do that.
12-31-2010 11:19 PM - edited 01-01-2011 07:19 PM
I have the same issue, however the behavior is rather strange. Tests from windows and native realtec tests. When playing music and games the rear speakers just have a sort of buzz sound. I replaced my old speakers with these and they never had an issue. If I wanted to listen to just 2 speakers I would have stuck with an older pair. I had to replace my creative 5.1 because the controller stopped working. I was expecting these to just work, however not so much. If this is how 5.1 is done now I'll go back to using something else. I tried the application for music play back and that seems to work however I'd like for things to work globally and not have to DL a software package for every possible scenario. Had anyone gotten things to work globally?
I solved my problem at least for now by switching to my old Audigy sound card. I've not been able to find a way on the realtek to enable surround sound like I can in the creative driver set. Not sure that the realtek can even accomplish it without help from a 3rd party software. If anyone knows of a way to get this enabled I'm open to suggestions.
05-31-2012 03:57 AM
Hey guys, I had the same problem at first but found a very simple way of using all the speakers in the Z506 without spending a huge amount of money.
Use a 3 way splitter and plug in the green, black and orange cables into it and plug the single jack into the headphone port. The one I purcashed using the link below was surprisingly sturdy and has nice thick cabling, worked like a charm! Now all the speakers are giving out equal volume.
Hope this helps
04-25-2013 09:58 PM
Hello I'm having similar issues, but when I try to test my speakers only the right and left front speakers work, nothing else. When I play shows or movies, I hear a lot of the background and ambient sounds, not any of the main talking.
Its driving me nuts, I've been searching for some answers but I find none, and these speakers I've been told at logitech that the win7 usb drivers are all that is needed so there is no driver support for them. Please if anyone can give me some help it would be greatly appreciated.
04-28-2013 11:38 AM
To resolve the issue with your Surround Sound Speakers Z506, I think the first thing you need to confirm is if the sound card of your computer supports surround sound or just stereo. You need to check with the sound cards' manufacturer to verify this. Connect the audio cables of the Z506 based on whether your sound card supports surround sound or stereo. Follow the instructions on this manual: Z506 Quick Start Guide (Refer to step 4).
If your sound card does not support surround sound (stereo only), your speakers will produce virtual surround sound. The satellite speakers would seem to just sound the same.
If your sound card supports surround sound, make sure the audio you play is in surround sound format. If you play audio that's in stereo format, only the front speakers and the subwoofer will work. Make sure the audio sources are set to output in surround sound format. For some movies, you can set the audio to either stereo or surround sound. Check the setting of the application you are using to play the movie and make sure surround sound is selected. To test if all your speakers are working properly (this is for surround sound), try the following:
If a reply adequately addresses your technical iss
04-30-2013 11:16 AM
My Card does support 5.1, made sure of that before I bought them, and the noise of barely hearing the voices in my previous reply, is when I have the audio source 5.1 selected in the movies I am trying to watch.
When I test my speakers now only sound coming is from my left and right speakers and I know when I bought them sound would come out of every speaker when I did the test, but still had problems playing 5.1 sound in movies. Its just gotten worse now.