Is there any way to get surround sound in Windows 10 without purchasing extra hardware? I have several outputs on my motherboard along with an output on my monitor, but is there a way to output a set of speakers as front speakers and a set of speakers as back speakers?


Dell U2417H


  • Short answer is no, you need a sound card that supports surround sound.
    – Moab
    Mar 20 '21 at 2:23
  • aren't set of speakers extra hardware?
    – jsotola
    Mar 20 '21 at 5:03
  • I meant extra hardware that I don’t already have
    – Salocor
    Mar 20 '21 at 15:44

Many motherboards come with 7.1 outputs already on the rear plate - orange/black/grey

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Yours doesn't, it only has the old standard mic/line/speaker options - blue/green/pink

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You will have to buy a USB sound card designed to support 5.1 or 7.1
You can get one for maybe $£€ 10 on eBay etc.

  • If you buy anything better than the most cheap & nasty thing eBay has to offer [they start at round 3 bucks;) then they're all about the same. This is technology that was perfected to mass-production 20 years ago & hasn't changed much since.
    – Tetsujin
    Mar 20 '21 at 16:53
  • Good to know! Thanks!
    – Salocor
    Mar 20 '21 at 16:56

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