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How to connect Laptop to 5.1 Speakers?

JamesX
Level 7
I just got the ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 (2022) laptop as a replacement for my existing system. It has Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos so I assume it can do 5.1 Surround Sound.

As far as I can tell it only has a single 3.5mm jack and my 5.1 speaker system uses 3 3.5mm jacks.

Does anyone know how I can connect it? E.g. like what adapter or extra equipment I would need.
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toronto699
Level 13
you can buy 3.5mm jack to 3.3.5 jacks cables , with female and male connectors to mate with the 5.1 system you have that will give you 5.1 sound from the speakers

If the external speakers supports a toslink connection, and if the laptop supports Dolby Digital Live or DTS Connect Live, then you can use the 3.5mm port on the laptop in Digital mode with DD Live enabled to send it to the speaker's DAC / decoder.

If it doesn't then you will need a USB external soundcard with 5.1 analog output, like some of the Creative offerings.

MasterC
Community Admin
Community Admin
You'll need three 3.5 mm jacks to run a 5.1 setup (6 channels - 3x2). The laptop has one 3.5 mm combo jack (stereo + mic). The more elegant solution is to use the HDMI port to output both video and 5.1 audio channels.

Since your speaker system only supports 3.5 mm (check if you also have optical input), you can consider purchasing an HDMI Audio Extractor with 3.5mm and optical inputs which costs less than US$20.
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