Setting up a new surround sound setup can be overwhelming with so many speakers to position correctly. Fortunately, Windows 10 comes with a little built-in testing program that can help you set it up. Here’s how to get there.
First, right click on the speaker icon in your taskbar and select “Sounds” from the menu that appears.
(You can also open control panel and click Hardware and Sound> Sound.)
In the window that appears, choose the “Playback” tab, then select the surround sound output device you want to test from the list. On many PCs this will be a device called “Speakers”. Click the “Configure” button to configure your selected device.
(You can also right-click the device in the playlist and select “Configure [Device Name]. “
A “Speaker Setup” window opens. From the list of audio channels, select the configuration you want to test. For example, if you have 7.1 surround sound connected and want to test it, select “7.1 Surround”.
Then click on the “Test” button just below the channel list. You will hear a test chime played one by one on all speakers in the setup. As each speaker plays, they will be highlighted in the diagram.
If you want to stop the testing process, click the “Test” button again, which will display “Stop” while the chimes are playing.
If you want to test individual speakers, click on them in the diagram on the right side of the window. When you click on a speaker, a chime will sound from that specific speaker. This can help you determine if your speakers are positioned correctly.
After that, you are free to click “Cancel” or close the window with the “X” button in the corner. Then close the “Sound” properties and you will be on your way.
You can also click “Next” and go through the wizard to tell Windows which speakers you have not connected, if necessary.